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The book gives me the answers to the questions on the fundamental advocacy skills that I have been wondering over the past four years in law school but couldn't find the answers to either by talking to professors or seeking books.
Moreover, those answers are provided in a comprehensive, systemic way.
Lastly, the book is an incredible defiance of the claim that advocacy skills can hardly be taught through books.
I wish I had read it before the start of my law study.
While the subject matter seems like one that is hard to learn from a book, the authors do an excellent job at explaining the concepts in a way that is easy to understand and apply. If your shirt is dirty, it won't make you a worse advocate, but it will be a distraction. The same can be said for body language and word filllers. This book teaches you how to improve your body language and streamline the thinking process in order to avoid those distractions.
THE BEST book for those wanting to improve their public speaking techniques, hands down. Whether your're a trial lawyer like me or just want to present ideas better at meetings or tell a bedtime story so that your kids will actually listen to it, this book will make you a MUCH better public speaker in a short amount of time. You don't have to read it in one sitting: you'll start getting very useful tips in the first few pages. Buy it and start reading it! It worked for me.
This book is wonderfully instructional. Clear and practical, it helps everyone from the nervous newbie to the old hat develop advocacy skills. I highly recommend it. Feels like legal yoga. I used the techniques in this book to calm my nerves and get control of my sometimes wavering voice in court. There is a lot of adrenaline coursing through your veins at trial or in a hearing; it is worth it to make the techniques in this book part of your positive habits.