I use these 5 steps in trial (during opening statement, witness examination, and closing argument) to win million-dollar cases. You can use the same steps when promoting and selling your products and services.
The Continuing Education of the California State Bar (CEB) has invited me to be on their webinar to share the following presentation:
“How to Communicate Persuasively in Court and on Social Media”
We go live next Wednesday, November 13th (Noon Pacific | 3 pm ET | 8 pm London). The FREE registration link is RIGHT HERE!
More about the show
Good trial lawyers know that giving a great opening statement or a compelling closing argument involves more than merely sharing the facts and evidence. They know that to build trust and be persuasive, they must weave the facts and evidence into an interesting and sometimes entertaining story that, in the end, adds meaning and value for everyone in the courtroom.
Connecting with others and building your business, especially when using social media, involves the same strategy. During this live video, I’ll show you how to do all of this, and more, to connect in court and on the social media platforms to build new relationships and close more deals.
Good trial lawyers know that giving a great opening statement or, an effective closing argument, involves more than simply sharing the facts and evidence.
They know that to build trust and be persuasive, they must weave the facts and evidence into an interesting and sometimes entertaining story that in the end, adds meaning and value as to why everyone is in the courtroom.
Respecting the time and attention of your jury is critically important. Making sure your presentation is timely, relevant, and strategically transparent is not an option. Doing so builds rapport and trust. Empowering your jury to take that next step, that desired action, will all but guarantee a win for your client.
Creating and sharing content on social media involves the same strategy.
Just like a lawyer in court, your content must be relevant and interesting. It must be timely and in most cases, entertaining.
Strive to create and deliver content in your own unique way and in your own voice. Depending on the circumstances, add the right amount of emotion and in the end, you’ll be creating memorable content that others will talk about, share, and take action on.
Experts claim that 100 years ago, the average attention span was 20 minutes. Today, it’s about 9 seconds, the same attention span of a goldfish.
While I’m not sure that attention spans are actually shorter in today’s world, I do know all of us are being pushed and pulled into more directions at the same time unlike ever before. As such, it’s never been more important to immediately capture the attention of your audience.
When speaking or creating content, here are 10 very effective ways to do just that.
Let’s say the topic of your speech, presentation or livestream is “The Power of Communication”
You can start with…
1. A quote: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
2. A statistic: “The next time you deliver a speech, keep in mind that 90% of what you’re about to say will be forgotten within 60 minutes.”
3. A question: “Do you know what the biggest communication challenge is in today’s noisy and busy world? It’s probably not what you think!”
4. A current new item: “Becoming an effective communicator got me on CNN last night to discuss the Presidential election. During the show, you all saw what happened. I think it just might change the world. Would you like to know the communication steps I did to get the invite?”
5. A story that relates directly to your message: “I watched opposing counsel give his closing argument. He stumbled through the whole thing. It was a mess. Using 4 of the tips that I’ll be sharing with you today, I stood, walked over to the jury, and gave a closing argument that resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict. Want to know what those 4 steps are?”
6. A sincere thank you or acknowledgment: “Rotary International is truly one of the top community service organizations in the world. I’d like to thank Bob Smith for including me in the event and sharing several communication tips with you.”
7. Have them write something down: “There are five steps that exceptional communicators use to share their message. Grab a pen and paper because you’ll want to write them down.”
8. Humor: “The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you are born and never stops until you get up to speak in public.”
9. Make a prediction: “By the time we finish this presentation, I predict that you will increase your ability to persuade others by 25 to 50%.
10. A poem or rhyme:
“Communication is the key, but my hands are shaking as I start the ignition. How many of you feel this way every time you stand to deliver a speech or presentation?”
If you found these ten tips useful, please share with your audience.
I’ve updated this post to share my new book, “The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Business Owners, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.” The third section of the book shares communication tips, just like this post, from 15+ top communication experts on the planet. You can use this information to create compelling new content for social media or, offline to persuade your audience to take action when speaking on stage or giving a closing argument in trial 😉