David J. Walton, a member in Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, is featured in a new book by Adam Grant, a professor at The Wharton School, titled "Give and Take." In the book, David describes how, after a recent trial and a successful verdict for his client, several jurors approached him and explained they could tell he had a stutter and appreciated that he took the lead in the trial. David has received numerous emails from law students, lawyers and even law professors who all stutter asking for advice on how to deal with their impediment in the courtroom or job.
The premise of Professor Grant's book is there are three types of people: givers, takers, and matches (combination). His theories are based on research regarding success in the workplace. This research debunks the theory that there are takers at the top and givers at the bottom. In fact, his research shows that the givers are at the top and the bottom. One of the questions addressed in Professor Grant's book is – what's the difference between the givers at the top and the ones at the bottom? One part of the answer involves communication styles, which is where Dave's experience comes in. His point is that, after we establish our expertise and command of the subject matter, we need to re-humanize ourselves with our audience. Sounding too perfect makes the audience suspicious and blocks any emotional connection between the speaker and the audience.
Read more about Adam Grant's book at www.giveandtake.com.