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COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES FOR TRIAL LAWYERS

Here are some basic principles for communication all trial lawyers should be aware of and practice. What are the “unspoken” questions. Well, the primary one is set out below, but throughout the trial issues come up that jurors don’t always write out in their questions when they are allowed to use questions. Think like a juror. Talk to your paralegals and others in attendance each day to see if they have questions not answered in the case. In major cases…

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COMMUNICATE LIKE EARNEST HEMMINGWAY

COMMUNICATE LIKE EARNEST HEMMINGWAY

. Recently an outstanding plaintiff’s attorney shared the report of an obituary about a talented reporter and writer Pete Hamill. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/nyregion/pete-hamill-dead.html The key to Hamill’s writing skill was noted in the obituary where it reported: “He idolized Hemingway.” Hemmingway’s writing style was brevity and simplicity with powerful words that dispensed with adjectives and got straight to the point. . There is much lawyers can learn from Hemingway’s writing style. Lawyers are afflicted with the curse of lacking an awareness of…

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TWO BOOKS WITH GOOD ADVICE ON COMMUNICATION & PERSUASION

TWO BOOKS WITH GOOD ADVICE ON COMMUNICATION & PERSUASION

. I recently read two books on persuasion and communication. Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs and Lawyers, Judges and Semi Rational Beasts by Daniel Holloway. They both had excellent advice for trial lawyers. Here is a summary of ideas from both books As we all know, an essential part of persuasion is showing you share your audience’s values. We divide the world into US and THEM, and reserve good feeling and thinking for the former. We are tribal…

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