The legal industry is hard to picture without effective communication. It only makes sense that lawyers and legal practitioners have the ability to communicate before an audience, a client, or a judge. Lawyers not only have excellent communication skills but also the right level of confidence that enables them to maintain gracefulness even under pressure, the confidence that allows them to look beyond the pressures and issues of the present circumstances and focus on driving the argument and proving a point during a negotiation.
Lawyers communicate on a daily basis. They communicate with fellow lawyers, bosses, secretaries, representatives from other firms, but most of all, lawyers communicate with their clients. Some say that effective communication is acquired through years of experience and while it is true that one of the benefits one gains while practicing law is becoming more and more of a natural speaker, it is also true that communication skills can be learned strategically. Given the right resources, trainers, and learning environment, lawyers can speed up the process of learning new communication skills.
There are several areas of communication. There’s written communication which is learned and developed through reading and writing. Then there’s also verbal communication which is an umbrella term that covers many other subfields like giving professional legal counsel and persuasion.
Verbal communication is learned gradually. One gets better at it the more he/she practices verbal communication and for lawyers who never run out of opportunities to speak, they harness and sharpen their verbal communication skills much faster. That’s one of the reasons why lawyers seem to have that air of confidence and credibility: They communicate well.
But there’s another area of communication that some lawyers still can’t seem to fully grasp and that is communication with the media. Believe it or not, there are many lawyers that do a really great job communicating with a client, speaking before a judge, and even presenting an argument in front of a jury; but when it comes to speaking before a reporter, an interviewer, or any representative from the media, they often shrink back in fear or lack of confidence.
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