Powerpoint for Attorneys: Practical and Persuasive Uses for the Trial Lawyer

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PowerPoint is a wonderful tool for setting up a case narrative, but building a deck can be time-consuming and frustrating, and a poor presentation can actually hurt your case. What is a simple and effective way to use PowerPoint for mitigation and during trials?

PowerPoint should help you explain complex concepts to your jury, reinforce your argument, and compel your audience to act. To do this, you must have a strategy that focuses on these goals, and you must know how to present your argument in slides that are clear, consistent, and supportive of you and your narrative.

This session will cover practical PowerPoint techniques that allow you to clearly state your argument and compel action. It will answer the following questions: What are the most common PowerPoint mistakes in a trial? How can you avoid the "time suck" of building a PowerPoint deck? How can you use PowerPoint to tell a story? When should a slide be simple vs complex? How does PowerPoint compel a jury to act? 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Avoid the three "deadly sins" of PowerPoint for attorneys

  2. Convey complex information related to the legal matter at hand on a slide

  3. Apply techniques to make a deck easy to build for busy attorneys

  4. Effectively use PowerPoint to turbocharge your legal argument

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