November 02, 2017 Articles

The Centerpiece Exhibit and Other Courtroom Communication Considerations

Using memorable visual images and other helpful communication approaches make experts and lawyers more effective teachers and storytellers.

By Glenn W. Perdue

Trial presentations are the quintessential act of information distillation. Enormous amounts of information produced in discovery and found elsewhere must somehow be pruned, compressed, and organized in a manner that makes it fit for human consumption over the course of a few days. Ultimately, this information must tell a coherent story after being presented through a variety of sources—attorneys, fact witnesses, and expert witnesses.

Drawing on my experience as an expert witness, lecturer, and seminar presenter, I have noted several tools and approaches that help me better communicate complex information.

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