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Public Speaking Series

  • When: 16 October 2017, 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Where: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (601 Massachusetts Avenue NW)
  • Cost: $300 for public-interest lawyers; $600 for government or law firm lawyers

New on our menu of skills trainings: A four-part course on presenting professionally—from everyday conversations and briefings to impromptu speaking to courtroom advocacy. The course will be taught by Christine Clapp, President of Spoken with Authority; the goal is help you present clearly and dynamically in a variety of workplace settings.

Class size is small, so each speaker will get plenty of time to practice and receive feedback.

1. October 16

Exercise: Inventory speaking skills
Develop group expectations
Learn strategies to manage nervousness and develop a pre-speaking routine
Overview the five S’s of executive presence

2. October 23

Exercise: Elevator pitch, video review, and reflection
Explore the Sandwich Structure
Apply the Sandwich Structure to outline a 3–4 minute briefing

3. October 30

Exercise: Briefing, video review, and reflection
Learn strategies for impromptu speaking
Apply strategies for impromptu speaking to several practice questions

4. November 6

Exercise: Opening statement in breakout sessions and feedback from Spoken with Authority and legal experts
Review video and evaluate progress
Set goals for future presentations and identify speaking opportunities 

Thank you to the D.C. Bar Foundation for supporting our public-interest community by providing scholarships for this training.