Regardless of where you are on your journey with me, you can pretty much gather that my teaching focuses on the fact that jurors are hostages. I mean, the title of my book and my podcast are dead giveaways – From Hostage to Hero: Captivate the Jury by Setting Them Free. I’m not keeping any secrets. Jurors are hostages. We know this because the jury selection process puts their brain under attack. In that setting they have no status, no certainty, no autonomy, no relationships, and the entire process seems totally unfair. Take a minute to think of specific examples of each of those “brain attacks” and consider how any one of them might give the jury hostage status, let alone all FIVE.
Yikes! They’re going to need a hero and that hero MUST be YOU!
However, trial kidnaps a second victim, and that victim is you. You are ALSO a hostage. Sometimes you’re too close to the process to be able to see it for yourself, so let’s just take a little quiz:
What is your status in the courtroom as a plaintiff attorney?
Do you have certainty about which method works best?
Do you get to decide how the jury decides or must you also give up your autonomy?
How many jurors do you have a relationship with?
And let's be honest, isn't the system unfair?
Do you see it now? You’re a hostage too.
But the good news is, you don’t have to stay one! But you must set yourself free before you can set others free. Hostages can't rescue other hostages. Only heroes do.
Follow along in the weeks to come as I discuss the necessary steps to gain freedom and become the hero jurors need.
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