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The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers Paperback – June 1, 2013
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“With decades of experience teaching lawyers communication skills, Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter present a very readable, comprehensive how - to volume that will hel p you cope with our common speaking foibles. Even strong speakers at ease in front of any crowd will likely pick up some useful pointers from this book. ...the book remains a very useful, practical guide. Your palms may still get a bit sweaty, but with J ohnson and Hunter’s advice, your speech and gestures should be much more fluid, your audience more appreciative.” —Susan Azyndar, American Association of Law Libraries, Spectrum Blo
"This book offers many practical suggestions for improving our speaking styles...As members of a service profession, our clients pay for our time, intellect and skills. Speaking effectively is one of the many ways we deliver superior service to those clients .” —Mark Hinueber, Esq., Nevada Lawyer Magazine
"Even if you consider yourself already to be an effective public speaker, some new techniques for improvement will likely be found in Johnson and Hunter’s The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers ... How-to books litter the library shelves, but The Articulate Attorney provides something special. The book presents specifics, techniques and practice pointers to improve speaking, specifically for the legal profession. Published by Crown King Books, it would be a valuable resource for experienced and new attorneys.” —Suzanne Dohrer, Esq., Maricopa Lawyer
"The Articulate Attorney in an invaluable resource that offers practical advice for lawyers who want to improve their communications skills. The book illustrations demonstrate the most effective ways to convey informati on for optimal results. This is an important resource for every lawyer!" —Donna Gerson, co-author, The Modern Rules of Business Etiquett
About the Author
Marsha Hunter teaches persuasion for trial lawyers and public speaking for corporate attorneys. Her specialty is human factors—the science of human performance in highstakes environments. She is the communication specialist for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s collaborative programs with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women and teaches at regional trial skills programs annually for NITA. She has published articles in many legal publications, including The Woman Advocate and the Texas Bar Journal. Brian K. Johnson has worked as a communications consultant to the legal profession since 1979. For the past decade, he has trained new assistant U.S. attorneys at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. Since 1981, he has been a communication specialist for NITA, and was the first nonlawyer to receive the Honorable Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for his unique contribution to the teaching of advocacy skills. Johnson & Hunter are the award-winning coauthors of The Articulate Advocate: New Techniques of Persuasion for Trial Lawyers. They both live in Phoenix, Arizona.
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One aspect of the book I really appreciated was that the authors did not devote any attention to the theory behind their path to success, and indeed, this book isn’t one that purports to offer a chance at success through revelation of some Big New Idea to remedy the reader’s previous perspective. Rather, the text describes practices the reader can employ to improve her oral presentations in court; the focus is on function. To be more specific, the entire book is based on the following premise, which I personally believe to be a(n all too important) truth: how you appear and how you sound is as important or more important than what you say and how true it is. Without trying to validate or invalidate this idea, the authors present concrete techniques to allow the readers to let their clients’ stories and valuable ideas be fully heard by as much of their audience(s) as possible.
Personally, the most useful parts of this book were the detailed information about how to breathe when speaking and the authors’ suggestions about how to practice. I am grateful to the publisher, Crown King Books, for graciously offering me free access to an electronic edition of this release on NetGalley.