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Level 1 • Duration: 2 days

You have your presentation on your fingertips. You have drawn together a solid set of arguments.

You have identified your defense to counter arguments. It is now time to press on to the most vital part of your pleading : the preparation of your vocal rendition.

This course will enable you to lay down the foundations of a truly effective closing argument.

I make the best of my relationship with the audience

To be convincing you will first of all need to create a warm atmosphere and build a climate of confidence with your audience. This is achieved by close attention to the dialogue created between your body language and that of the audience. This course will assist you in turning this dialogue to your advantage.

I learn to put my voice to good use

Whereas we all possess a vocal instrument, there are but a few who have learned how best to play it. Nevertheless, a lawyer, just as an actor or singer, must become a virtuoso in the use of the voice. The exercises proposed on this course will teach you to pitch, improve, amplify and repair your voice.

I take control of my performance

Stage presence is an essential component of a successful career as a lawyer. An impactful stage presence requires a well-managed stage fright and aligned mental, physical and emotional intelligence. Our live examples, followed by video feedback, allow you to control our image.

When ? Next dates communicated on request
Where? Brussels place to be defined



Dear Gilles,

Thanks to you, it was just atrue miracle.It's not a joke... I didn't believe it until the last second before speaking and in the second that followed,everything changed.

Of my life,I have never received so many compliments.

We should make your course mandatoryin all legal bins!


Everything worked: breathing, moving around, downtime, eye contact, talking to someone, and above all reducing the flow! I was also helped by the vocal technique: no microphone to hold in hand.

What happiness! 

Thank you very much and above all keep up the good work!

Pierre de Bruxelles 


This training allowed me to go much further in an exercise in which I was already very comfortable. Thanks to the training I come outenriched, impressed and transformed.

Impressedby the quality of trainer of Gilles Wiernik, therelevance of toolsgiven and the effectiveness and benevolence of the pedagogy.

Enrichedon a personal level withtrustthat I can dare a pleading or a presentation that resembles me, without being locked into the codes of my profession.

Here is a training that will surprise you.

Gilles Wiernik is THE person who allows you togo from fear to pleasure,from constraint to freedom and which, whatever stage you are at, allows you to go further.OUTSTANDING !

 Séverine Evrard, lawyer at the Brussels Bar


This training, which I followed – at the Legal Service of the European Commission – was extremely useful to me during the 3 hearings in which I have participated since, including one during which I pleaded (in French). It is a training that allowsapproach audiences even more professionallythan a very good preparation of the hearing on the case itself, the elements of the file, the case law, etc. allows.

I prepared my argument bearing in mind the 4 types of arguments... which really makes it possible to keep in the argument only the 3 to 5 ideas max that we want to leave in the heads of the judges after 15 minutes of pleading. I also used theabdominal breathing to control my stress,especially just before pleading.

I paid attention to myposture… and it gave me confidence, it gave meanchored in my act of pleading. I applied the rule of"First 20 gestures/first 20 seconds/first 20 words": I started my argument by constantly looking at the 3 judges, without looking at my paper and I realized that I was truly creating contact with the judges, who then listened to me very attentively.

I combined this with a catchphrase that spoke to everyone, especially since the subject was very technical.In this case, we had also prepared our written submissions very well.

In any case, the judgment of the Court in this case (C-151/13) came down today, and it takes up our reasoning point by point, to reach the same conclusion as us.

Carine S.  

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