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Persuasive Storytelling and Presentation Skills for Lawyers

CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice

State Bar of Georgia - Atlanta, Georgia



  David Mann, Minneapolis, MN
  Julia D. Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
  • Developing persuasion beyond the logical argument 
  Communication Concepts
  • Engagement through non-verbal cues
  Managing Voice
  • Emphasis, pausing, and pace as persuasive tools
  • How to project vocally, and use natural presence for advantage
10:05 BREAK
10:20 Voice and Body for Witness Interrogation
  •  How to deliver questions that engage jurors
  •  How to question with sincerity to elicit desired responses from
  Body Language and Gestures 
  • How to find a relaxed, personal gestural language & resting
  Using a Podium
  • Managing restricted movement for maximum engagement
  • Methods of Rehearsal 
  • How to efficiently practice statements and examinations
11:50 LUNCH
12:20 Storytelling Goals of Opening Statement
  • Establishing a dynamic narrative to instantly engage jurors
  • Emphasizing character and motive to animate factual details
  YouTube Attention Spans and the Visual Mind
  • Wording that creates specific visual images and using action
1:50 Break
2:05 The Six Elements of Storytelling 
  Character creation, detail, structure, rhetoric, theme, and 
persuasive wording 
  Great Speeches and The Hollywood Lawyer
  • Analysis of the persuasive presentation qualities of master
  Construction of Opening Statements
  • Practical application of the six story components
3:35 Adjourn




David Mann's Profile

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David Mann is a story specialist who teaches attorneys and business leaders how to make an impact by clarifying their message. He has combined his decades of experience as an actor, director, and playwright with the needs of attorneys and business leaders to help them win cases for their clients and grow their businesses. In addition to his work with The Professional Education Group, David is on the faculty of Loyola School of Law and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

He has constructed opening statements for winning verdicts in cases ranging from medical malpractice to securities fraud. A professional theater artist for over two decades, David has performed or directed for the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, and Great River Shakespeare Festival.

He has written and performed several critically acclaimed one-man shows and plays, and he is a recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship for Storytelling. David is a graduate of Northwestern University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art..


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