“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin.
Update: The FIU College of Law Trial Advocacy Program has scheduled a second presentation by Tom Mesereau at The Metro Justice Building this coming Friday, February 8, 2013. So for busy lawyers who can’t make it out to the FIU campus, here is a wonderful opportunity to take in the event. Friday February 8, 2013 […]
The FIU College of Law Trial Advocacy Program is presenting the second in their Storytelling Series lectures this Thursday, February 7, 2013. This is an essential event for trial lawyers, and I recommend you don’t miss this opportunity. The Storytelling Series is another great program developed by director H.T. Smith and assistant director Scott Fingerhut. […]
I love Steve Jobs. Not because he was the CEO of Apple or a billionaire or he dresses cool in black turtlenecks and jeans. Nor for his products, since I still use a PC. I love him because of his story.
here is a good lesson detailed by Janet Maslin in her review of “Bed” by David Whitehouse. In the New York Times, Maslin, one of our more perceptive book reviewers, skewers Whitehouse for his inability to write convincing narrative. The book is about an extremely obese man from his younger brother’s point of view. Maslin points out that Whitehorse has a great talent for dazzling description, but almost none for storytelling, and thus the book is largely unsuccessful.
We are story tellers. It is our job to effectively communicate our client’s story. Nothing has the same impact as a story. It persuades and remains in the mind. Audiences are drawn to stories. I am always searching for models and inspiration to learn how to better tell a story.
Not long ago I met a former client and some friends for lunch at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The former client regaled the table about her horrible mistreatment by the LAPD and loudly told everyone within earshot that now she got what I told her about Americans losing fifty percent of their […]