BEYOND TRIAL PREP: How to Emotionally, Mentally and Physically Prepare for Trial


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Attorneys spend considerable time preparing for trial. You think through voir dire questions. You put together an opening. You outline your cross. You prep your witnesses. But how much time do you spend preparing yourself? 

What influences, motivates, and inspires jurors isn’t your opening, your cross or even your evidence. It’s you. All the trial prep in the world won’t make a difference if you aren’t emotionally, mentally and physically prepared to communicate at trial.

Don’t make the mistake of leaving yourself out of the preparation process. In this audio program, Sari de la Motte, who has been called the “Attorney Whisperer” and “trial therapist,” will take you beyond trial prep and help you emotionally, mentally and physically prepare for trial.

You’ll learn:

  • Why being emotionally, mentally and physically prepared matters
  • The three main fears that hold attorneys back and how to manage them
  • How to show up as a confident leader in court
  • How to detach from outcomes and focus on the present moment
  • Why developing curiosity is essential for every trial attorney
  • How to get real, get present and get control
  • How to turn off “the voice”
  • Practical ways to physically prepare for trial
  • Track 1: Introduction
    Track 2: Emotionally Preparing for Trial
    Track 3: Mentally Preparing for Trial
    Track 4: Physically Preparing for Trial
    Track 5: Conclusion
    Track 6: BONUS #1: First Day of Trial: Dealing with Nerves
    Track 7: BONUS #2: First Day of Trial: Shot in the Arm
    Track 8: BONUS #3: FORTE’s Guided Breathing Practice
    Special Bonus #4: Sari’s video interview with special guest, Joe Kuns, on Communicating Under Stress: What Cops Can Teach Trial Lawyers. Joe is a law enforcement professional with more than 20 years experience, including handling communications for a high profile chief of police. 45 minutes.

“I very much enjoyed listening to Beyond Trial Prep: How to Emotionally, Mentally and Physically Prepare for Trial.  There is a vast amount of information in the market on various technical aspects of trial work, but there are few resources that address the practical aspects of the mental and physical strain of being in trial.  Every trial lawyer who tries cases needs to be reminded to pay attention to the mental and physical burden that they will suffer at trial.  Every trial lawyer who actually tries cases, loses cases.  Mistakes made at trial are often caused not by a lack of preparation, but from mental and physical fatigue that may cause the lawyer to miss certain information or evidence.  

 No matter how well prepared the lawyer is, mistakes can happen as a result of mental or physical fatigue.  Beyond TrialPrep provides valuable insight in preparing your mind and body to survive the rigors of trial with proper mental attitude and a plan to get adequate rest and nutrition.  This audiobook prepares you to win, but also prepares you to handle losing and move forward better prepared for the next trial.  The value of getting this information in an audiobook format cannot be overstated.  Written books on communication cannot present important aspects such as tone and inflection as effectively as an audiobook.  Beyond Trial Prep gives you the “how,” but more importantly  it teaches you the “why.”

-Michael J. Fisher

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.

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