Are you ready to command the courtroom with presence and charisma?
That's exactly what you'll be able to do after attending our Opening Statement Studio. Over four intense days I'll give you specialized instruction on how to improve your presentation skills in a small group format, allowing lots of time for individual feedback. On day one and two, I'll workshop your case and you'll learn skillsfor success in front of the jury. On day three, you'll practice what you learned in front of twomock juries while I coach you. On day four, you'll watch video of your performance and I'll give you focused feedback on how you can improve. Day three and four are videotaped and you will receive a copy.
Sound daunting? It is. This program is not for everyone. In fact, I don’t accept everyone who wants to come. You have to apply to be accepted into the program.
In the Opening Statement Studio, you will learn:
How to organize your opening around case-specific trialthemes
Tools for making your opening statement clear, concise, and compelling
Why you should always include a "teaching section" in every opening
How to frame the story from the defendant's point of view and why that's important
Ways to "de-jargon" your opening so it is engaging and memorable
The "rule of 3's" and why you should use it whenever possible
The four components of presence and how to increase courtroom presence
Why nonverbal intelligence is essential for trial attorneys
Storytelling techniques that will engage the jury
Presentation skills that will increase your credibility and hold the jury’s attention
Where to stand, what to do with your hands, and how to modulate your voice
How to command the courtroom and communicate leadership to your jury
Tips for gauging the jury’s receptivity and modify your approach accordingly
How to recover from memory slips, objections and other distractions
How and what to memorize
In addition, we hold a cocktail reception on Thursday evening so you can network with the other attorneys.
In the Opening Statement Studio, you'll get:
Four intense days with me, "The Attorney Whisperer"
A chance to workshop your specific case
Step-by-step guidance on how to put your opening together
Nonverbal communication techniques to ensure a successful opening statement
Concrete presentation skills to increase credibility and likeability
Renewed confidence and sense of direction
Practice in front of two mock juries assembled just for the occasion
A chance to hear what the jury thought of your opening statement
Coaching from me in real time on your delivery
Video feedback of your jury presentation and your feedback
Four days of networking with and learning from other trial attorneys
A cocktail reception
… and more!
Why do you attend lawyer-training programs? To win trials. And yet, if we're honest, most seminars just give you theory; they don’t actually increase your skill in the courtroom. My program is different. If you are accepted into my Opening Statement Studio you’ll experience up-on-your-feet learning from the moment you walk in the door.
Is this program right for you? Let me ask you a few questions:
Do you understand the juror mindset and how to increase receptivity at trial?
Do you know what the #1 thing jurors want and need at trial and how to provide it?
Do you know the real purpose of opening statement?
Do you know how to engage your jurors and keep them interested during your opening?
Do you know how to deal with defense arguments that may hurt your case in opening?
Can you tell an engaging story that jurors will remember back in the verdict room?
Can you teach the jury about complex issues in your case without confusing them?
Do you know how to avoid the three most common mistakes in opening?
Can you comfortably talk about money in opening statement?
Do you understand basic group dynamic rules like how to read the group and show up as the leader?
Do you understand the difference between authoritative and approachable nonverbals and when to use each?
Can you deliver your opening without notes but not have it memorized word for word?
If you answered no to even one of these questions, you will benefit from attending this program.
Studio Schedule: Day 1: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Day 2: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Day 3: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Day 4: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Studio Agenda: Day 1: Workshop Your Case & Learn Sari's Structure for Opening Day 2: Hands on Nonverbal Communication/Presentation Coaching Day 3: Mock Jury Presentation Day 4: Video Debrief and Feedback
You make your first impression with the jury during voir dire, and it is the only time you get to interact with them directly. Opening statement is the one time you get to tell the entire story of your case. These two components of trial impact the outcome more than any other part. Why leave them up to chance?
Be purposeful in your communication and take your practice to the next level. We only accept SIX attorneys per class, so complete the application below to apply for a spot in our next available studio.