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    Monday
    Aug222011

    Sixty Lawyers Were Sitting In a Room...

    ... and staring at ME. 

    This was my first talk about being a freelance attorney. And I have never been in front of so many people. In fact, I had never been in front of more than 20 people at a time. Not once. So yes, I went from 20 non-lawyers to 60 lawyers, in one seminar. 

    I was alone, seated at a table in front of a large room. All eyes were on me. I had an hour to fill, and the silence in the room was deafening. 

    And then I began. I said hello, introduced myself. The problem with speaking to an audience this large is when you talk to them, they don't talk back. You say "hello," and your "hello" is greeted with more silence. Which does not make the situation better.  

    Once no reply to my "hello" came, I merely continued talking. I told them that I am a conversational speaker, and I encourage them to ask questions as soon as they come up. I told them about my background, and how I got started working as a freelance lawyer four years ago. I explained what freelance lawyering was, and what it takes to get started. 

    And a question came - and I was so, so, so relieved to hear someone else's voice, not just my own, in that large, otherwise silent room. Gratefully, I answered the question. And someone else raised their hand. 

    I was thrilled. My "lecture" lecture had lasted only about 25 minutes - and then the presentation turned into a Q&A. It turned into a conversation. They were awake. They were excited. They wanted to know more, and they asked great questions. I was thrilled. 

    I had to cut our conversation short - my time was up. I closed with an invitation to pick up one of my business cards and email me with any questions they may have. I thanked them for coming, and for listening.

    To this day, I have not received half as much positive feedback for anything I have ever done as I did after that presentation. That was the day I became convinced that my message is important, that people want it, and most importantly, I am ready to deliver it. And so I began writing The Independence Track. 

    Reader Comments (1)

    Thanks for sharing your experience, for your efforts i hope there would be an good feed back.

    Criminal Defense Lawyers

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelina

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