Whose Trial Is It Anyway? Using Improv To Help Lawyers ‘Present’ More Effectively

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 6.51.40 PMBy , First Mediation Corporation

Picture a group of 30 trial lawyers in an almost empty room, loudly chanting, ‘Big Booty, Big Booty, Big Booty!’

Now imagine a pair of them trying to have a conversation without using the letter ‘S’.

How about two of them vying for the attention of a third by, at turns, singing, crying, jumping up and down, waving their arms, and even whispering?

Why on earth would a group of highly skilled and experienced attorneys engage in such seemingly childish behaviour?

The answer is simple and surprising: They did it to vault their law practices to the next level; to recognize and rethink old habits; to break through barriers they may not have even known they had, and ultimately to achieve more success. [CONTINUED].

Jeffrey Krivis began his mediation practice in 1989, when lawyer-mediators in Southern California were rare, and litigators had to look outside the state for experienced practitioners. Now, over 20 years later and having resolved thousands of disputes — including mass tort, employment, entertainment, business, complex insurance, catastrophic injury and class action matters — Krivis is recognized not only as a pioneer in the field, but also as one of the most respected neutrals in the state.

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