Voice

The Music of Your Voice

We recently sent out our Professional Development Email Newsletter. Find a video link we included in the newsletter below. Read the full newsletter here. Want to sign up for our newsletter? Click here. THE MUSIC OF YOUR VOICE When we stand to speak in public, if we speak too quickly, the music drains out of […]

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Public Speaking or Reading Out Loud? Kenneth Feinberg, Michael Millikin, and Mary Barra, on the Hot Seat

by Marsha Hunter Who spoke persuasively at yesterday’s Senate hearings on the GM ignition switch scandal? There were plenty of lawyers in the room and on the hot seat, so you’d think the level of public speaking would be impressive. Sad to say, that wasn’t so. Michael Millikin and Mary Barra of GM are not […]

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The Music of Your Voice: Walking Down the Steps

by Brian K. Johnson “May it please the court?” Is it a question? Or is it a statement? “May it please the court.” Legal writing guru Brian Garner offered a helpful historical analysis of this introductory utterance in an ABA Journal article last year. He set out to determine whether it is a question or […]

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M.J. TOCCI AND ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING: CONFRONTING OFFENSIVE SPEECH

by Marsha Hunter Two weeks ago we lost an exceptional teacher and tireless mentor for women lawyers, M.J. Tocci. She died in hospice after a years-long battle with cancer. Friends and colleagues have been remembering her inspiring assertiveness, so I’ve updated an article I wrote ten years ago while on assignment for Women in Aviation […]

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Public Speaking at Its Finest: Actor Peter O’Toole’s sublime vocal legacy in less than two octaves

by Marsha Hunter   Actor Peter O’Toole died a few weeks ago at 81, leaving the world a less mellifluous place. His distinctive voice now can be heard only in film and audio archives. It will not ring out again from the stage of any theater, reverberating in listeners’ ears, sending spines tingling and raising […]

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What Words Would You Emphasize in The Gettysburg Address?

by Marsha Hunter Read this speech out loud. Which words call out for emphasis? Read it again. How do you feel while reading it? Read it again.           Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the […]

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The Landscape of Argument: Gestural-Rhetorical Templates for Public Speaking

Cicero denouncing Cataline When people ask me what I do for a living, my stock reply is, “I teach lawyers how to talk.” They laugh, and then we may engage in a more substantial conversation about attorneys, public speaking, persuasion, or language. Never has anyone observed, “Ah! Rhetoric!” The study of public speaking has roots […]

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Goodreads Giveaway for The Articulate Attorney, Second Edition

Brian Johnson and I love language. We adore it! We love a beautiful turn of phrase, a thoughtful insight well-described, the law illuminated by the spoken word, the out-loud reasoning of a quick mind. We love it when speaking becomes an art. It makes us excited, eager to go to work each day and coach […]

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More on the Public Speaking Scourge of Teleprompters

by Marsha Hunter An article in The New Yorker caught my eye after my post about teleprompters at the Republican and Democratic conventions. Having watched a few teleprompted speeches on my recent trip to the U.K., I dislike these “blasted contrivances” more than ever. (That was Herbert Hoover’s description; see “Rolling Rhetoric” in the magazine […]

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Judge Reads Disciplinary Hearing Results in Maricopa County, Arizona

Presiding Disciplinary Judge William O’Neil handed down the decision by the panel in the eagerly-anticipated case of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon this morning. Both Thomas and Aubuchon are disbarred. Attorney Rachel Alexander has been suspended for six months for her role in whole mess. Listening live, as many […]

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