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Two Sides of the Communication Coin: Strategies for Writing & Speaking Effectively

Length: 1 hour 43 minutes

Strong communication skills are critical to lawyers’ professional success and advancement. In this interactive workshop, participants learn strategies for communicating clearly and confidently, both in writing and in speech. Based on a series of examples and exercises, participants learn practical strategies for quickly improving the quality of their professional communications by eliminating the most common writing and speaking weaknesses.

The program will cover strategies including:
•    Conveying confidence through your written and spoken communications
•    Presenting information in an organized, professional manner
•    Communicating clearly in stressful situations

Special attention will be paid to the similarities and differences between written and spoken communication. Participants walk away with concrete, practical tools they can use immediately.

CLE credit: NY: 2.0 skills; NJ: 2.4 general MCLE; CA & PA: 1.5 general MCLE. 


9:00 – 9:35am        Presenting the Big Picture, in Writing & Speech    
•    Effective Introductions
•    Roadmaps
•    Transitions

9:35 – 10:10 am    Crafting & Delivering Well-Structured, Strong Sentences
•    Core Strategies for Writing Concise, Clear Sentences
o    Highlight Actors & Actions
•    Core Strategies for Speaking Clearly & Confidently
o    Master the Basics of Breath & Body Language

10:10 – 10:45 am    Polishing the Delivery
•    Editing your Written Work Product to Eliminate Common Weaknesses
•    Taking your Communication Style to the Next Level

10:45 – 11:00 am    Question/Answer Session    

Original Recording Date: 9/18/2014

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • *Two Sides of the Communication Coin Course Materials
  • Affirmation Document