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I came out of law school much shyer than when I started, probably because the Socratic method was always hard for me and caused a lot of stress. Is there anything I can do now to work on my confidence when conversing with clients and colleagues?

Q: I came out of law school much shyer than when I started, probably because the Socratic method was always hard for me and caused a lot of stress. Is there anything I can do now to work on my confidence when conversing with clients and colleagues?

A: The situation you find yourself in is more common than you think. In fact, I just wrote an article on ways law schools can do a better job of building up students’ conversational skills and confidence. See pages 21-22 of The Law Teacher, Spring 2013.

As to what you can do to help you regain your composure in professional conversation…and because, as I say, you’re far from alone in wanting to enhance your comfort level with clients and co-workers…the American Bar Association is holding a session, which I am leading, on the subject. If you cannot make it to the ABA Annual Meeting, watch their website at americanbar.org as details develop about live streaming part of the program and tweeting that will take place immediately afterward.
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