Listening on TV: What Sitcom Clips Can Teach Lawyers

Thanks to Tami K. Lefko for this fun and informative guest post. I often use clips from television shows and movies in class, and there are a few related to active listening that I especially like. Here are three of my favorites, from three popular sitcoms: 1. Everybody Loves Raymond, “Father Knows Least” This early … Continue reading Listening on TV: What Sitcom Clips Can Teach Lawyers

Listening at Trial

United States District Judge Mark Bennett (N.D. Iowa) has published a great article on the "Eight Traits of Great Trial Lawyers: A Federal Judge's View on How to Shed the Moniker 'I Am a Litigator.'" Studying the entire article would be an excellent use of time for any litigator trial lawyer. Judge Bennett's coverage of being a great listener -- Roman numeral … Continue reading Listening at Trial

Review of Stone and Heen’s Thanks for the Feedback

Doug Stone and Sheila Heen co-wrote what is now a business classic, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (2010). Their new book explores the challenges of one of the most difficult kinds of conversation -- feedback. The title and subtitle of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (2014) signal … Continue reading Review of Stone and Heen’s Thanks for the Feedback

Empathy and communications with clients, spouses, and partners

This week has seen several great posts on major issues for lawyers involving listening. The first one was Jordan Furlong's post "Don't Think Like a Lawyer." He argues that thinking like a lawyer is "easy and fun," and also a dangerous replacement for thinking like a person. He argues that feeling like a client is … Continue reading Empathy and communications with clients, spouses, and partners