Part 1: Trial Litigation for Attorneys

“All the world’s a stage.” 

Seldom is the drama as intense as it is in the courtroom for attorneys. Cross-examinations, summations, and depositions are stressful. Constant interruptions, hostile judges, uncooperative witnesses, and formidable adversaries batter the nervous system. As a result, the tension, fatigue, and wear-and-tear upon the attorney are considerable, frequently diminishing concentration and the quality of likability that is so important to a jury. 

I know that attorneys in particular are extremely busy, and it is tempting to skip the rehearsal routine; but if you examine your priorities, you will see how important it is to rehearse properly, because the final result of all your hard work will be determined by your courtroom performance. 

Talking too fast, becoming confused, sidetracked or losing your concentration because of anxiety, can ruin the most skillfully prepared examination or summation. 

Here, likability is, at times, as vital as credibility. By likability I mean the quality of appearing warm, earnest, in control, decisive, and clear; not tense, hard, cold or agitated. A good rehearsal routine will help you to remain in control of yourself. Therefore, it is essential if you want to deliver a strong, convincing opening or closing statement. 

The exercise is also beneficial for preparing for a cross-examination. The TalkPower Action Formula is an excellent guide for developing the story logic of a summation.

The next exercise, presented in the next blog titled Courtroom Rehearsal, is beneficial for preparing for a cross-examination.

For more tips and instructions, we welcome you to attend our FINAL 2016 TalkPower Workshop on November 5&6 (if not satisfied, money back guaranteed). Places filling fast!

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