In my trial practice class this evening, we discussed the use of presentation software in trial practice. At MSU’s trial practice program, we learn TrialDirector, kind of an advanced PowerPoint for attorneys. I am not sure what software most attorneys use for trial presentation, but I am very interested in learning any alternatives.
Below are the eight “rules of thumb” of information design in trial practice presentation we discussed. These are the basics but, I think, they serve as good reminders for developing presentations for opening statements or closing arguments:
- One graphic per display.
- The fewer words the better.
- Avoid bullet points and flying in/out graphics (keep it professional).
- Keep displays, fonts, graphics, etc. consistent.
- Use trial exhibits whenever possible.
- Color implies meaning.
- Present the information in the most persuasive sequence.
- Substance over style!
These, of course, are pretty “bare bones,” but, again, I think they are effective reminders. If you have any other suggestions or tips for trial presentations or techniques, please let me know!