Marsha Hunter, writing in AttorneyatWork (Stop “Rough Drafting” and Learn to Speak with Precision), asks why lawyers can teach themselves to write with great precision, but when it comes time to speak can often ramble on with run-on sentences, dangling prepositions and dead-end fragments of sentences.

Three tips she gives to speak in a tighter, more focused way are:
1. Resist tacking “and” onto the ends of your thoughts
2. End sentences with downward inflection, walking down the musical steps of each sentence.
3. Pause briefly when your sentence ends

Read her complete article to learn more. As communications failures is one of the biggest causes of malpractice claims against lawyers, we encourage all steps you can take to communicate more clearly with clients and colleagues.

Categories: Communication Errors