How to Use the Power of Persuasion in Court

By: Dennis Mercer

A criminal lawyer is someone who is tasked with the task of making sure that their clients in a criminal court win their case and convince the jury of their story. With the right lawyer you will have access to their huge amount of knowledge and experience, their brilliant ability to talk in public, and their advice and support. However this doesn't mean that you are completely 'off the hook' and that there's no part left for you to play. While your lawyer will be representing you, all eyes are still going to be squarely on you and all ears are going to be listening to what you have to say.

As such then it pays to be able to know how to make yourself seem reliable and trustworthy, as well as how to present yourself in a confident manner that will be compelling and passionate. To this end it may help you to learn some very basic persuasion techniques that are used by dating experts and salespeople to get us to believe what it is they tell us. Here we will look at some of the best techniques for you to try adding to your repertoire.

Back Up Your Words With Your Body

There are many little techniques that we can use automatically to decide whether something someone is telling us is true or not, even though we may be unaware that we are using them. One of these is to pay attention to body language and whether or not it reflects what the person is saying. In other words, if you are telling someone that yes, you saw that person on Tuesday, then you should be nodding as you say this. If you accidentally shake your head as you say it, then you will come across as less certain or less truthful and the audience is less likely to side with you.

Answer Questions With a Question

This is called the 'Socrates' technique, and is supposed to be a very effective method to use when debating or managing the outcome of a situation. What you need to do here is to basically learn to answer difficult questions with a follow up question of your own. In other words then, if someone was to say - where were you on Tuesday? You could answer 'where am I always on a Tuesday?' or 'what point are you trying to make?'. This is a technique that politicians use all the tie, and while you should of course always be truthful in court, it's a strategy that can at least help you to buy more time to think up an appropriate response.

Choosing Your Order

The order you tell your key points can apparently have a large impact on the way that you are perceived by an audience, and according to research the best thing you can do is to admit to your faults first and then only later describe your positive attributes. This way you appear more truthful and modest, and the good points stick in the audience's mind longer.

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These tips can give you a great edge when making your case, but more important is to find criminal solicitors Moorabbin. Follow the links to contact Dribbin and Brown Moorabbin.

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