Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Spring 2014, Volume 20, Issue 2

Coach’s Corner: Overcoming Public Speaking Jitters

By Eleanor Southers

Eleanor Southers is a Professional Legal Coach who helps attorneys at all stages of their careers to become more successful and contented. Working one on one, Ms. Southers guides attorneys to uncover and fulfill their goals. She can be reached or her website:

Everyone knows that most people rank public speaking right up there with root canals, or at least it is something to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, attorneys also know that being an effective speaker, whether in Court or in a Seminar, is a great benefit to their profession.

Although there is not enough space here to go into details, I want to open up a conversation for us to explore why it is so scary and how attorneys can work towards feeling more comfortable in speaking.

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