I’ve seen so many students deliver their speech so quickly that they literally turn red because they haven’t given themselves a chance to breathe!  Don’t do that! Breathing is kind of important 

Also, if you speak too quickly, it’s hard for your audience to keep up with you. Slow down so that they can digest the points you’re making.

When you pause, the last thing you said has a chance to “sink in” with your audience. Consider incorporating pauses strategically to emphasize important points.

Get Your Brain In Sync With Your Voice

I ran across a YouTube clip about speaking in phrases instead of sentences to coordinate your brain and your voice. When you’re talking about complex issues, it takes some time to formulate a thought before you can say it out loud. Speaking in short phrases, rather than full sentences, gives your brain time to catch up with the words as you speak.

Check out the technique here.

6. Speak Loudly and Project Your Voice

Speaking in a large courtroom is very different from speaking in a classroom or in hour home. The space is much larger, and you need your voice to fill that space.

You also want everyone in the courtroom to hear you, no matter how far away they are from you, and whether or not you are facing them.

Practice speaking up and projecting your voice. You might feel like you’re yelling, but it will sound just right in a courtroom.

7. Be Mindful of Your Body Language

If you haven’t already seen it, check out Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on Power Poses.

Consider body language and actions, such as:

  • Pen clicking
  • Shifting weight from one foot to the other
  • Rocking back and forth in chair
  • Crossing arms over chest
  • Playing with hair or jewelry
  • Hand gestures
  • Slouching in chair
  • Pacing

What body language might work well for the mock trial role you have?  For example, a victim might not want to assume a power pose, but an attorney might want to when making a closing argument.

8. Watch and Learn from Others

Make it a regular practice to observe others in public speaking situations.

Where to look:

  • TED talks
  • Court arguments are a great way to get a feel for how lawyers talk. You can find lots online. One place is the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Your teachers and classmates

As you watch and listen to others speak, consider:

  • Is it easy to understand what they are saying? What do they do that makes it easy (or difficult) to understand them?
  • Their pace, tone, and the language they use
  • Do they make gestures? What kind? How frequently?  Is the use of gestures effective?
  • Do move around as they speak? How?
  • Do they use notes? If so, is it effective or distracting?
  • What can you incorporate in your own public speaking?

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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