Being a great communicator is essential to your success as a lawyer. Whether you are counseling a client, managing paralegals or associates, giving a presentation, or just trying to cultivate relationships that might lead to business, effective communication is everything to your success. If you are like me, in law school, you learned to think like a lawyer. You cultivated your legal research and writing skills and learned to interpret the law. When you entered the real world, you soon learned that you need a whole different set of skills to succeed. And a lot of that has to do with how you communicate whether it is with clients, referral sources, colleagues, and other lawyers. In this episode, I speak with Donna Mac who has a lot to say on the subject of effective communication. Donna is founder and President of iVoice Communication and trains current and emerging leaders to create new, healthier communication practices so they can become influential, resilient and speak with confidence. She teaches mindfulness techniques that her clients can use to be more present and more successful in delivering a message. I met Donna through my business networking group ProVisors and since that time I've had the chance to speak with her about my own challenges in communicating with difficult people (including family members and clients). I’ve also heard her give great presentations on communication at the New York Public Library speaker series.