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What's true for training great trial lawyers is true for all winning presenters. According to renowned trial attorney and best-selling author Gerry Spence, presenting a case before decision makers is not simply a technique, but an occasion for summoning your deepest reserves to advocate on behalf of something crucial. Here, Spence combines a rich exploration of truth, fairness, and emotional honesty with practical advice gleaned from a lifetime of hard-earned legal triumphs to show what makes a strong, persuasive presentation. Spence's essentials include:
  • Preparing the power-person to accept your case
  • Owning your feelings
  • Being "in the moment"
  • The power of fear, ours and theirs
  • Making an effective closing argument
  • ©2005 Gerry Spence; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development/Motivational

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    • Fairfield, CA, USA
    • 12-24-05

    Win Your Case

    I have been a prosecutor for the last 7 years in the SF Bay Area, and Gerry Spence in "How to Win Your Case" has given me even more confidence in trying my cases through his methods of persuasion. At the start, it comes out elementary, but as it progresses the book literally gives you power to make an argument for what you believe in. And everything he talks about can be applied to any situation you may find yourself having to argue an idea or a case to another person or group of persons. He keeps it simple and commonsensical. I play it in my car while going to my next day of trial. Each time you listen, you come up with new ideas on how you tailor your arguments through your own life experiences.

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    Dry then Wet

    The beginning talks a lot about who you are and getting to know your inner voice... I almost thought it was a self help book for a little bit.

    Then it picked up drastically by dealing with situations a trial lawyer will encounter, such as: empathizng with the client, appearing as a truly honest person, and other entities to sway the jury. He hits on many key points that seem obvious but truly aren't.

    As a future lawyer I found many key points that were not explicit in most legal books. There are no break throughs but this is definitely a solid read and gives you something more to measure a yourself and a lawyer by.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    Classic Gerry

    Some good material here, but Gerry Spence would hold my attention reading the phone book. His delivery is so damn entertaining. Had this book been read by a professional reader, I'd probably have given it only 3 stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    I plan to listen to this over and over....

    This is one of those books that you can listen to very passively but the valuable information can sink in. I really enjoyed this book and I'm a big fan of the author. I also like the fact that it's rather short but the information is very beneficial. I also want to note that I'm not an attorney. I do not agree with the notion that this is a book only for attorneys. The logic here can apply to anyone in any position.

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    Spence Rocks.

    What a fantastic book for lawyers and nonlawyers alike! This guy has forgotten more than we'll ever know about trying a case. Brilliantly written and read by the author himself. It doesn't get any better.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    Great Book and Highly Recommended!

    I enjoyed that this book focused on the basics of good lawyering, presentation and making effective, persuasive, arguments. You can get the legal-ease from almost number of legal reference resources, but rarely can you get the straight matter-of-fact recommendations that Gerry Spence offers. The only dislike I can offer is that his audiobook is abridged, but I would highly recommend you read his book, thoroughly, as well. I look forward to reading more by Mr. Spence and I suggest others do so as well (except those opposing counsels I face in court, of course!).

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    Awesome.........

    He is a master at his craft. ...which is to be honored.
    I will be listening to this forever...

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    Perfect for the Plaintiffs Bar or Crim Def Bar

    Could not even finish the book - it mostly just discussed how to make emotional pleas to juries in cases where you represent the med-mal victim or the criminally accused. Very touchy-feely and not at all about organizing thoughts or presenting cases in a logical way based in law.

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    Captivating and Expertly read

    Where does Win Your Case rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks among the top of the audiobooks I have listened to so far. It was captivating and it drawn me in and paints on the canvas of my mind’s eye with the words, that were expertly delivered allowing me to see the full picture, painting, scene and the entire room.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Win Your Case?

    The most memorable of this listen being the inflection in the voice of Gerry Spence who allowed me to see him, the judge and opposing counsel in the courtroom as he had the witness relive the events.

    What about Gerry Spence’s performance did you like?

    This man has a way with words, and show continue to perform these books. It was beautifully done.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would have to say yes, that I did experience an extreme reaction to this book, because I was able to be transported to the moments in each scene. In the law officer talking to the new client in the chairs without the desk in the way, in the courtroom having the witness relive the event from all perspectives, all of which helped to keep me hooked on each word until I couldn’t get enough.

    Any additional comments?

    I started this not expecting much because it’s a legal audio, but how mistaken I was. This is a captivating and vivid. It still had the facts and the elements of a crime, but they were given life and it allowed the story to be able to take on a form of its own. I loved it, just so sad it was so short because I could see this being 20 hours easily, covering a lot more issues.

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    An inspiration and a how to manual for trial attorneys

    I am a new attorney, I actually have a hard copy of this book, but this audible is great. Gerry Spence has such an awesome voice, this is the best way to learn his stories and methods.
    If you are an attorney, law student, or have a desire to be a lawyer, I recommend this book.

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