This may be amusing, but it shows how easy it is to make a mistake...
Woman, without her, man is lost
Woman without her man, is lost
It's not just what you say, it's how you say it that wins the argument.
Lawyers spend a great deal of time studying and gaining experience. However, one thing is missing - none of us were taught a communication technique at school, we were simply taught to string words together.
Of course, you may be a good presenter; the question is, could you be even better? The answer is an unequivocal ‘yes’. If the best newsreaders and actors had your knowledge and experience, they would be the best advocates in the world.
With your knowledge and experience, if you learn their technique, your advocacy will be greatly enhanced. You can now benefit from our unique training programme and become a more powerful, persuasive and confident communicator.
Of course, we can all give a presentation. In a similar way we can all hit a golf ball or notes on a piano, but that doesn’t put you in charge. There is more to being a professional than that.
Just think of your favourite news reader or actor. Why are they so good at telling their story? Simply because they have been trained in a specialist technique. So obviously, if you were taught a communication technique that was created specifically for legal presentations, your performance will improve.
The Hudson Voice Technique is a set of basic rules to follow when you read and speak, which put you firmly in charge of your voice and the way you deliver your message.
‘I thought I was an effective communicator, who could talk easily with clients, disseminate information and argue effectively. However, having completed the course and by using the technique you teach, I am far more effective in the advocacy I undertake.
The reason for this is because far more of what I have to say is retained and your technique has instilled in me so much more confidence.
Thank you for perhaps the most enjoyable and educational CPD seminar I have attended.’
S.H. Robinson, Solicitor
I decided to create a technique (set of rules) for people who rely on their voice to be successful. Actually, that’s most of us.
The rules for reading and talking are the same. The Voice Master survey showed that in America and the UK an alarming 73% of professionals, including lawyers and broadcasters speak too fast. That means the jury will retain a smaller amount of your important information. That is bad news.
Here’s a simple test. Read and record this script. You can do this on your smartphone, or by using Audacity, which is a free recording software.
The challenge organisations face is that there is no single ‘key’ to stopping fraud.
Organisations need to develop a strategy that enables the deployment of appropriate measures to manage this increasing risk. The strategy needs to be owned by those charged with governance, otherwise it will not succeed, and needs to involve people from across the organisation. Most large organisations have mature legal, compliance and internal audit functions. But these are one step removed from where the fraud and misconduct occur.
How long did that take? I guess about 30 seconds - that’s too fast.
Now I’d like to ask you to record the same script again and try to slow down by several seconds. Don’t leave big gaps between the words, that’s cheating.
The correct time should be 37 seconds.