chapter  6
Preparing for Advocacy
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This chapter provides guidance on some areas related to oral advocacy that students worry about. Diction is a person's choice and use of words while speaking. A moderate pace is essential. The judge needs to be able to hear the argument clearly. A moderate volume is essential. A person must use a volume that takes account of the setting, including how close the judge is to him/her, how big the room is and whether or not microphones are in use. Keeping eye contact with the judge is crucial. Persuasive advocates tend to be likeable and have just the right amount of confidence. In a moot, your non-verbal communication can be just as influential as verbal communication. A courtroom is a very particular environment, where many unspoken and unwritten rules must be followed. A person must always dress professionally. Also, in court, it is important to address the people around, appropriately.