Want to Become a More Powerful and Confident Communicator? Fake it til You Become it

In an amazing presentation, Havard professor Amy Cuddy, gives inspirational advice in dealing with fears and communicating in an effective way through a simple, quick process.

Body language affects how others see us, but can it also change how we see ourselves?  Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shares an easy way that anyone can change not only others’ perceptions of them, but the way they feel about themselves .

In her 20 minute TED talks, Cuddy points out that, “Tiny tweaks can lead to big changes.”



The Simple Influences of Social Psychology on Complex Things

How is it that people can be convinced to say “yes” to something even if they may not be interested in the idea on its merits? In other words, why are we such suckers? Why do we end up saying “yes” to salespeople selling us products we don’t want all the time?

In the video below, Cialdini explains why we are so susceptible.

http://bigthink.com/robertcialdini (click the social psychology link)

The Neuropsychology of Persuasion: 6 Shortcuts to Winning Someone Over


In our increasingly overloaded lives today we need shortcuts, or rules of thumb, to guide our decision-making. So says Big Think expert Robert Cialdini, professor of marketing and psychology at Arizona State University

Cialdini’s research is based on six fundamental principles of human influence: reciprocity, scarcity, authority, consistency, liking and consensus. Cialdini says that if these principles are employed in an ethical manner, they can significantly increase the chances that someone will be persuaded by your request.

These shortcuts are explained in the video animation here:

Learn How the iPad is Becoming More and More Practical for Litigation

Remarks is a new PDF app designed for the iPad from the fine folks at Readdle who know a thing or two about annotation and PDFs on the mobile screen. It is a fully featured PDF annotating application, with a variety of tools to fine-tune your marks. You can highlight, underline, strikeout text, draw upon the documents – that means pretty much anything you can do with the document on paper.

You can get Remarks for $4.99 in the app store – a small price to pay if it becomes your favorite note-taking, PDF annotating, document collaboration app on the go.

reblogged from the Advocates Studio here:


Communicating with Your Expert

Communicating is one of the most influential things we do on a daily basis. Whether we are communicating to our assistants, our colleagues, a judge, jury or with an expert, what we say and how we say it can have a profound effect on the outcome.

This ABA section delivers some easy, yet crucial tips, when communicating with our experts.


-David W Mykel

The Art of Trial Sciences

Spot Your Jury Leader

At ATS (Art of Trial Sciences) we typically address ways in which you can become a better communicator, but today, with the insight from a fellow colleague, we’re going to take a look at the receivers of your communication strategy.

Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm takes a look at a critical aspect of your presentation: your audience’s leader.

Who leads and who follows? That question can be critical to understanding and adapting to your jury. The individual who sets the agenda, guides the discussion, and leads uncommitted or wavering jurors to a conclusion is obviously worth a closer look than those who take their cues from others. A failure to know and to thoroughly learn about that future leader can have big consequences for your case. Samsung learned that recently when following Apple’s historic $1 billion patent verdict against the company, Judge Koh denied Samsung’s motion for a mistrial based on the supposed improper influence exerted by the jury’s foreperson….

By Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm

Blog: http://www.persuasivelitigator.com/2012/12/spot-your-jury-leader.html?goback=.gde_1810088_member_199771460

The Importance of Trial Consulting to Attorneys and the Legal System

By Jonathan P. Vallano, Ph.D.

In the past 25 years, trial consultants have become increasingly important to litigators and litigation alike.  In fact, trial consultants arguably permeate the landscape of complex litigation.  Although there is little doubt that trial consultants provide attorneys with valuable tools to help them more effectively represent their clients at trial (e.g., via pre-trial research, focus groups, trial and witness preparation, etc.), are the services provided by trial consultants limited to trial?  This post will discuss the role that consultants play in all phases of litigation, particularly cases that do not make it to trial.  This post will also discuss what a consultant’s role should be, and whether this role should transcend individual clients to assist the legal system as a whole.  That is, should we urge consultants to extend their influence beyond improving litigators’ individual advocacy efforts on specific cases to using knowledge of research and practice to inform and improve the legal system?

Should consultants use the title “trial consultant” or “litigation consultant”?

The label “trial consultant” suggests that consultants assist attorneys only with cases that are resolved at trial.  However, in my experience, this is a common misconception.  Consultants help attorneys…

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