National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Creating Killer Opening Statements Through the Use of Storytelling Techniques

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Every trial begins with a brief opening statement - brief being the operative word here. Did you know that the best, most effective openings tend to be no more than 20 minutes long? For you to make that happen, you\'ve got to tell a tight, compelling story that zeroes in on the facts most crucial in your case. This takes discipline - but by learning just a few tips, tricks, and tactics, you can deliver a quick, bang-up opening that will have jurors on the edge of their seats, leaning in (practically with popcorn in hand) and thinking, "I can\'t wait to hear what\'s next."

Join NITA faculty Moe Spencer for this lively hour and learn how to tell a short, well-crafted tale at opening that will make jurors eager to connect with your client\'s plight, to delve deep into the evidence as the story unfolds at trial, and to embrace the narrative shared by your client. Tune in and find out how to make your opening statements kill it each time and every time. 

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Merwin Moe Spencer

Spencer Palace Law Office
Everett, WA

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