Cal. Litig. 2014, Volume 27, Number 3

Confidence Before the Court: How to Find It

By William H.D. Fernholz

For the past 14 years, I’ve taught bright law students the magic of standing up and speaking the truth as they see it. I say "magic," and I mean that literally. To the untrained, confident public speaking is fascinating and compelling, the seeming result of some undiscovered natural force. In truth, it’s a practiced skill.

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American lawyers as a group are the best-paid motivational writers and speakers in the world. We use our words to change people’s opinions and actions. It behooves each of us, no matter how far into our career, to improve those skills as much as we can.

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