Public speaking has not always been my cup of tea. There were times in the past when I was not confident enough to speak up my mind in public. However, when we entered the legal profession, my wife and I discovered the importance of being able to clearly organize our thoughts both in writing and speaking.
Having good communication skills is the hallmark of great lawyers. Whenever we attend hearings in court or prepare written pleadings, it is highly important to be able to communicate and discuss our propositions clearly.
In more than four years of practice as a lawyer, I got used to Argumentation and Debate although I am more comfortable and inclined to writing pleadings such as Complaints, Counter-Affidavits and Memorandum to be submitted in court and quasi-judicial bodies in support of our arguments and claims.
Our court proceedings during direct and cross examination as well as oral arguments are basically just similar to classroom debates. Each party is given the opportunity to bring forth their specific arguments with legal basis before the judge. During cross examination, lawyers get to question the witness in a manner that is consistent with the rules of Court.
I was informed by Daisy that the first batch of debates in Englishbuds went really well. I am impressed about the confidence, speaking abilities and professionalism exhibited by all the participants. Great job, everyone!