Tell The Winning Story’s Jesse Wilson discusses a few of the best ways to improve trial skills by overcoming stage fright.
When it comes to improving trial skills, Jesse Wilson of Tell The Winning Story knows what he’s talking about. For the past 20 years, Jesse Wilson has used his knowledge and experience in the performing arts to engage viewers. Now, he’s putting his expertise to use in the courtroom by training lawyers in trial skills.
5 Tips to Overcome Stage Fright and Improve Trial Skills
1.“Speaking in front of a jury is daunting because they’re hanging on your every word. However, don’t think about it like that. Focus on your goal. What message are you trying to present? How do you want them to perceive the message? A lot of people get stage fright because they get caught up in how their audience perceives them. When you’re in front of a courtroom, don’t worry as much about how you are perceived. Think about your message. This will help lower stage fright and improve your ability to perform effectively.” – Jesse Wilson of Tell The Winning Story
2. “Trial skills require a certain level of performance. That said, a courtroom is not the place for over-the-top theatrics. Keep your demeanor professional. If you find yourself getting nervous, take a moment to collect yourself. Even some of the top attorneys need to do this from time to time.” – Tell The Winning Story’s Jesse Wilson
3. “The best way to improve your trial skills is to practice, practice, and practice some more. If you have an opening remark prepared, practice it in front of the mirror. The more acquainted you are with the material, the more confident you’ll feel when it’s time to step into the courtroom.” – Jesse Wilson of Tell The Winning Story
4. “While practice makes perfect, you can’t always control the forces around you. You might get interrupted, you may not be given as much time as expected, or you might need to give your presentation at a different time. No matter what, you need to be ready for change. In order to grow your trial skills, you need to be very adaptable. Accept that change is a natural part of life.” – Tell The Winning Story’s Jesse Wilson
5. “Finally, trial skills require a certain degree of self-reflection. Understand that you are not perfect. If you have a slip of the tongue, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not saying you should have low expectations for yourself, but you also shouldn’t punish yourself for making errors. Once a presentation or trial is over, you can look back and evaluate your performance, but you shouldn’t be overly critical. Look at yourself and realize that you can always improve. The key is to take mistakes in stride and keep on going.” – Jesse Wilson of Tell The Winning Story