Public speaking is a precious soft-skill every professional should master. Such a soft skill becomes inevitable for a profession like an attorney at law due to various obvious reasons. Public speaking skills can also be considered as a ‘package of skills’ that comprises of superb communication skills, enthusiasm and the skill to manage and engage with audiences of different types. In general, a public speaker is supposed to make presentations in front of different types of groups.
If you are a lawyer, one of your main jobs is to make presentations in front of different types of groups and convince them. In that case, public speaking becomes a must-have skill for any lawyer. With that said, let’s take a look at the essential public speaking skills every attorney at law should master and thrive in their profession.
- Precise articulation
The ability to speak well is an obvious prerequisite for every individual who intends to master public speaking. The term ‘articulation’ means the ability to control the voice and speaking loud enough, clarity of the pronunciation, avoiding disturbing verbal crutches (such as ‘you know’, ‘um’, ‘em’ etc.) and using precise grammar. When it comes to public speaking, it should be considered as a performance but not an ordinary conversation. Such performance obviously requires a good amount of preparation. Memorizing an entire speech is not a sign of a good public speaker. Instead, the points of the speech should be remembered and then articulate it to match the vibe of the audience.
- A very attractive style of presentation
The speech you present must be a perfect combination of vocal tone, your facial expressions, body language as well as the timing. If you can find the perfect balance between these elements, you can convert a boring subject into an engaging, exciting and interesting one. As an attorney at law, an attractive presentation style is an integral part of your career.
- Identifying the requirement of the audience
In most of the cases, an attorney at law wants to pay more attention to the details instead of pumping humor into their speeches. However, depending on the audience’s expressions, mindset and other aspects, your speech must be adjusted (not the points you are presenting but the style). In addition to that, as a preparation, you must do some research on your audience and prepare your presentation to match them.
- Composition skills
Regardless of how prepared you are (sometimes, you will have to do presentations unprepared, unexpectedly), your speech mist be rational, coherent and very friendly to the ear. More importantly, the speech must cover everything you want to emphasize. All the important points of your speech must be presented no matter if you are doing the presentation totally unprepared.
As you may notice, developing public speaking skills is not that simple. However, if you prepare well and present a couple of presentations in front of different audiences, you will learn how to absorb it. After all, practice makes you perfect when it comes to public speaking.