Communication Skills for Paralegals
Paralegals require a wide range of skills and knowledge to work effectively both as an independent freelance paralegal and within a team. Along with a strong knowledge of the Law and legal procedure, paralegals need excellent communications skills.
On a daily basis, you’ll be speaking with clients, lawyers, court staff and judges. Around 80% of your day will be spent communication with others, so having great communication skills is vital.
Whilst studying to become a paralegal, you’ll learn key skills in interviewing, client care and professional conduct, this will play an important role when boosting your confidence in commutating with clients, peers, seniors and judges.
Whilst for some, verbal communication can come naturally, however we could all benefit from further training.
What is Effective Verbal Communication?
Verbal communication is more than just talking! To communicate effectively you must be able to clearly express your opinions or ideas confidently and concisely, to be able to adapt the content and style of speaking depending on your audience.
As speaking is engrained into our everyday lives, we often don’t give much thought into how we could communicate more effectively. We’ve recently partnered with Resonance Voice to offer specialist Speech Training for Paralegals. Giving NALP Members the opportunity to improve their communication skills to progress their careers.
During our the Full Day Workshop our Paralegal Members will develop:
- Finding greater confidence and conviction in delivery
- More expressive speaking
- Learn how to manage nerves
- Finding clarity of speech
- Increased vocal control
Find out more about our Speaking with Impact Paralegal Workshop
Written Communication for Paralegals
Writing is an integral part of your paralegal career, from writing emails to clients or to your colleagues, drafting legal documents and taking important notes during court. Your daily duties as a paralegal will rely heavily on your written communication. As a paralegal, you’ll need to learn how to write in a concise manner with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
NALP Trainings Paralegal Qualifications will give you all of the practical skills required for working effectively as a paralegal, with written assignments you’ll have plenty of practice in improving your written communication skills.