1. “Is Listening Different for Civil vs. Criminal Lawyers?“. This title from Listening Like a Lawyer blog is intriguing, and the post makes a point. However, I don’t think that there will prove to be a substantive difference. Clues as to what’s going on with the witness, such as nervousness or avoidance, could appeal in either area. Agree?
2. Listen Like A Lawyer (again–are you not already subscribed?). This time on “Embracing Interruptions“. I commented on the site, but suffice to say that you can’t totally escape them, so make the most of them. Check out her underlying cite as well.
3. Legal Skills Prof blog provides a nice executive summary of this longer post from Theda C. Snyder at AttorneyatWork.com about “Why a TED Talk Is Like a Chicago Hot Dog“. The title pulls you in, right? The executive-excutive summary: get to the point! (BTW, keeping people engaged is a people skill, whether as an individual or as a group.)
4. The always insightful Presentation Zen blog offers this pass-on from a TED talk by Julian Treasure (embedded) about seven things not to do when trying to get someone to listen to you (i.e., your attempting to teach, influence, or persuade). Whether with a single person or to a group, the advise is sound. Reynolds add an eighth “thou shalt not”, and then four good habit are added. BTW, love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote.
5. In this post, Katy Torgovnick May passes on a summary of an Eric Liu TED Talk. Liu is a favorite political writer of mine, but whatever your political persuasion, I think the summary and TED Talk worthwhile. Those of us who are lawyers are often called upon professionally and by friends and neighbors to lead civil causes, so it behooves us to think these things through. It should be a refresher to most readers, but refreshers can be useful.