Trial lawyers: five key contexts for listening

Effective listening has universal themes, such as the role of focused attention. But much of listening is also context-specific. Listening in a public meeting is obviously different than in a one-on-one conversation. Trial lawyers face at least five distinct listening contexts. Each presents different listening opportunities and challenges. Listen Like a Lawyer is grateful to … Continue reading Trial lawyers: five key contexts for listening

Profile of a great listener—and what lawyers can learn

“Listening well is a gift.” Malcolm Gladwell explores the gift—and curse—of listening in this BBC profile of Vietnam consultant Konrad Kellen. The profile has some fascinating and sad insights into 20th-century politics and war. But the main point is to explore Konrad Kellen’s abiding gift as a listener. Although Kellen’s work was in public policy, his listening … Continue reading Profile of a great listener—and what lawyers can learn

Judged by our listening

Effective listening is just one of many components of being effective, overall, as a communicator and as a professional. By being effective listeners, lawyers can improve how people perceive their overall communication effectiveness. Professor Neil Hamilton's excellent law review article Effectiveness Requires Listening: How to Assess and Improve Listening Skills delves into some ideas on how this is so. … Continue reading Judged by our listening

Effective Listening During Callback Interviews

Last week Listen Like a Lawyer explored the process of effective listening during a job interview from preparation to thank-you note. Callbacks present some special listening opportunities and challenges. Here are some key points to keep in mind about effective listening during the callback process, courtesy of the Assistant Dean for Career Development at the University … Continue reading Effective Listening During Callback Interviews

Validating others by listening

Today the Farnam Street blog—which has a fascinating e-mail newsletter I highly recommend subscribing to—collected and released its top posts for July. One of them was "Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone." The post is a summary and review of Robin Dreeke's book It's Not All About Me: The Top Ten Techniques for … Continue reading Validating others by listening

Listening During Interviews: Advice for Law Students

A job interview presents a listening challenge: Of course you want to show you are a great listener, but it’s also important to talk. “Most impressive are interviewees who are able to enter into a dialogue with their interviewers,” advises a hiring attorney quoted in An Insider’s Guide to Interviewing: Insights from the Employer’s Perspective, … Continue reading Listening During Interviews: Advice for Law Students

What it sounded like at the bar exam

This is the blog's first "Friday update." Friday updates will consist of shorter posts, photos, and quotes about listening and law. Today's Friday update is centered on the image above, taken at the Georgia bar exam earlier this week. My own transition from the bar exam to law practice felt jarring. The solitude of studying … Continue reading What it sounded like at the bar exam