Andy Seldon’s Do’s and Don’ts of High-Tech Trial Presentations in Law Technology News (July 6) is especially useful because it doesn’t just concentrate on presenting technlogy … it focuses on common mistakes and suggests best practices so you can comfortably and professionally work with tech available to you in the courtroom.

Andy makes 10 well founded points. It would behoove you to read this article and absorb these points.

The 10 points are:

– Failing to learn and exploit technology.

– Incompatibility.

– Objectionable evidence.

– Going solo.

– Unprepared witnesses.

– Muddy waters.

– Overusing technology.

– No backup plan.

– Failing to make the necessary arrangements with court staff and checking the local rules.

– Not matching the technology to the case.

Andy Seldon is an attorney and is the director of information services for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, based in Minneapolis.


12 Steps to Becoming a Charismatic Speaker
. Also from Ellen Finkelstein, an excellent page of links, super for anyone who wants to rev up their usage of PowerPoint.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then Crystal Xcelsius‘ interactive visual analytics is the block buster movie.  Learn more about making the presentation of data come alive, and view a stunning gallery and demos here.

Trial to Go

March 7, 2006

Ross Kodner of MicroLaw Inc. has got a nice checklist going in his recent article Create a Portable Trial Kit.  If you’ve wondered what the must-haves are, beyond the obvious laptop, LCD projector, and cables/power, he’s detailed nicely the need for drivers, portable document camera, scanner, did I mention cables, thumb drives, security …

And it should all fit nicely into one wheeled travel bag.

Herewith two slide shows from BusinessWeek online. Absorb the tips and go forth and present!

The 10 Worst Presentation Habits and The Great Communicators , both by Carmine Gallo.

Gallo is a corporate-presentation coach and former Emmy-award-winning TV journalist. His new book is 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators.

Learning by Listening

December 31, 2005

Do you think listening to some of the greatest speeches ever made would help you when you need to make a presentation or speech? Or, listen for inspiration and gain a sense of history.

Visit the Top 100 Speeches link at American Rhetoric’s web site and make your choice. In addition to Top 100 Speeches, you can learn from Rhetorical Figures in Sound, access a large database of full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and so on. This site is an extraordinary resource!