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The Art of Effective Speaking for Lawyers

JANUARY 17, 2014

State Bar of Georgia Headquarters
104 Marietta St. NW • Atlanta

CLE Hours:
6 CLE Hours including 1 Professionalism Hour* and 3 Trial Practice Hours
*optional self-report

About the Seminar:
More than any other profession, the practice of law depends on the effective use of words, communication and persuasion. Through the study of some of the great American political speeches and presentations of recent times, this practical seminar focuses on the basics of public speaking for all lawyers. Whether you are called upon to give legislative testimony, a presentation to clients, or simply talk to the press, this seminar will enable you to understand what makes great speakers effective and enable you to use these techniques yourself.

The course includes enjoyable, practical, improvisational exercises—to be done in class and then at home— to enable you to improve on your own and conquer
anxiety. Whether you’re a trial lawyer or simply give an
occasional talk, don’t miss this unique opportunity to improve these essential skills.

About the Speaker:
Steven D. Stark is a writer and a consultant who teaches courses on writing and speaking to lawyers and other professionals. A former cultural commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, he is the author of three books and one e-book. He has written frequently for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Boston Globe, where he was an op-ed columnist. A lawyer and former Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. You can find out more information about him at :

Topics Include:

  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of public speaking
  • Matters of style: delivery, voice,
    and appearance
  • Technical talks and presentations to clients
  • Special topics: humor, dealing with hostile
    questions or audiences, legislative testimony
  • Oral and legal advocacy
  • Special considerations for women speakers
  • A brief history of American rhetoric
  • The five key ingredients of oral prose
  • Enhancing the message and getting started
  • Visual aids and dealing with nerves
  • Appearances on television or before the press
  • What to say when you or your client is in trouble
  • The informal presentation

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(All attendees must check in upon arrival. A jacket or sweater is recommended.)


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