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In-Person Program

Steven Stark on Public Speaking for Lawyers

Wednesday, 7/13/2011, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Why attend?

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, give a presentation to clients or simply have to talk to the press, this program enables you to understand what makes great speakers effective and to use those techniques yourself as a lawyer.

The course includes fun, practical, improvisational exercises-to be done in class and then at home-to enable you to improve on your own and conquer anxiety. Challenges unique to women speakers are also addressed. Whether you're a trial lawyer or simply have to give that occasional talk, don't miss this unique opportunity to improve an essential skill: the dos and don'ts of public speaking.

You will learn...

  • Why lawyers are often poor speakers
  • What made Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy great communicators
  • How to improve your voice, appearance, and delivery
  • How to write a speech or testimony to get your message across
  • How to use humor in a beneficial way
  • How to respond to questions without hesitation
  • How to deal with a hostile or indifferent audience
  • How television changes what you should do


  • A Brief History of American Rhetoric
  • The Five Key Ingredients of Oral Prose
  • Enhancing the Message and Getting Started
  • Matters of Style: Delivery, Voice, and Appearance
  • Visual Aids, Humor, and Dealing with Nerves
  • Technical Talks and Presentations: Handling Questions
  • Oral Argument
  • Appearances on Television or Before the Press
  • What to Say When You or Your Client Is in Trouble
  • The Informal Presentation
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

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Steven D. Stark, Esq., Belmont



  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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