Donald Trump's signature is bravado.
Obviously, many people love it. He is the leading GOP candidate in the polls. And, of course, many of us are wondering if we should try on and try out that persona.
Well, that's not a good idea for you newbie lawyers searching for a style of presentation. There are too many checks and balances in your professional life for that particular kind of branding.
Okay, Denny Crane got away with it on "Boston Legal." But, don't forget, he was a fictional character.
What are those checks and balances?
Among them are judges, each of whom has his or her own notion of appropriate decorum. You don't want a benchslap so early in your career.
There are clients whose problems are very serious to them. Most are sophisticated enough, thanks to so many trials on television, to know that grand-standing by lawyers isn't a good idea.
There are your peers in the practice of law. They have their own little rules about what's proper. Cross the line and you may never eat lunch in the Harvard Club in Manhattan again.
And there are the state bars. You may be in a state where they define "character" in terms of gravitas.
So, forget that. The good news for you newbies, though, is that there are so many other kinds of styles of lawyering that are not only effective. But fun to play with.
There is the aggressiveness of Alan Dershowitz. The never-say-die of Saul Goodman. The earnestness of John Tarantino. The good-cop way of cross-examining of Mickey Pohl. The supreme self-confidence of Mark Herrmann. The palpable brilliance of David Boies. The doe-eyed ability to connect of Alicia Florrick. And the logical prodding of Perry Mason.
You bet, you can blend aspects of several styles. Hybrids can have a distinct edge. That's the ability to surprise.
Should you hire an acting coach? That could give you another edge.