I firmly believe all lawyers have untapped advocacy potential. We can work harder at what we already know how to do—read, study, mimic and adapt the techniques of others. And then, there is the next level. I have watched Claude help scores of lawyers (including me) get to their next level.
I think of what Jonathan Haidt has written: “Anyone who values truth should stop worshipping reason.” Claude sidesteps reason and helps lawyers get to the truth of who they are. Connecting with jurors and judges becomes easier—even fun. Because there is a powerful advocate inside, who wants to speak. Claude clears the obstacles, allowing that voice to be heard.
Author of “The Way of the Trial Lawyer: Beyond Technique”
“Claude has introduced an innovative approach to helping leaders develop their presence. Through the act of singing (and being coached in the presence of other executives in the program), participants lay bare their intentions and emotions, stepping well out of their comfort zones. As I’ve witnessed, this is not at all about singing, but about taking risk, setting and delivering on intention, daring to be vulnerable in order to lead more powerfully. I’ve watched participants transform in a matter of 20 minutes, from meek and introverted managers to bold leaders able to convince us of their goals. Claude expresses subtle skills of coaching, helping each participant stretch without breaking and turning each individual coaching session into group learning. He has tremendous empathy and respect, but remains independent and therefore able to help participants grow quickly and steeply. Claude teaches leaders how to fill the room, achieve what matters most to them, and connect with their audiences. And he does this with almost no lecture, but with caring, finesse, and creativity.”
McKINSEY & COMPANY
With VoiceLeader there’s the option to sing or speak with coaching that avoids traditional formulas and gets right to the point. Natural gravitas, humor, pacing, agility, body language stem from re-empowering connection to mission within highly evocative and lively music. No previous ability is needed as we experience the charismatic and magical quality of authentic, value-driven presence.
In addition to “traditional” vocal exercises, there are short, single-line affirmations – given call and response style. These phrases transform the challenges articulated by participants and group leaders and the room is inspired with a parade of astounding break-throughs. We work with blues riffs, swing riffs, soaring anthems, rap, and tongue-twisters. Failure is off the table, leaders emerge, teams are elevated, and audiences cheer each other on from the edge of their seats.