Jon Udell on Speaker Preparation

Jon Udell’s post, “Comparing notes on speaker preparation,” is a great read for anyone who does public speaking, and I’m hoping it turns it to a bit of a meme over the next few days so I can pick up some good new ideas for speaker preparation from others who respond to Jon’s post.
Udell suggests going on a walk with a recorder and speaking aloud your speech as it comes to you and capturing it to work with to later turn into slides, etc. He makes one of those simple points that, as you think about it, seems more and more profound: “speaking out loud is good practice for speaking out loud.”
I’ve always used mind mapping and story boarding to prepare presentations, and now use many of the techniques Cliff Atkinson sets out in his book Beyond Bullet Points.
My latest technique, especially when time to rehearse is limited, is to record a near-final version, put it on my iPod and then listen to it several times on the plane or in the hotel room. It helps me stay on track, keep on a better pace, remember the material I want to use better and not insert new material on the spur of the moment. One interest effect I’ve noticed is that during the actual talk I have a memory or understanding of where the emphasis and intonation should be at certain points from having heard myself delivering the speech on the iPod. I still think that doing more rehearsals is the best way to go, but when pressed for time, this experiment has been pretty successful for me.
My technique also gives me an audio version that I can edit for a podcast or online seminar and I can use the transcript for one or more articles.
Any preparation tips you’d like to share? Add a comment to this post.
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PowerPoint and Other Technologies in the Courtroom: What’s Happening in 2007

Adam Lynn’s article, “Fancy gadgets replace oratory in courtrooms,” paints a good picture of what lawyers are doing with PowerPoint and other technologies in the courtroom in 2007. It’s a good read for both trial lawyers and those who hire them.
I’m quoted in the article on one of the points about courtroom technology that has always intrigued me most – how the greatest impact of presentation technology might be how it improves the organization and efficiency of case presentation and results in more streamlined and better organized trials than those done using traditional methods.
The money quote comes from Todd Flaming, one of the most knowledgeable trial lawyers I know about using courtroom technology:

“At a presentation I recently gave to a room of 150 to 200 lawyers, almost every one raised his hand in response to my question: ‘How many of you have used PowerPoint or an electronic presentation program in a closing?’”

For those of you interested in the history of legal technology, I recommend comparing Lynn’s article with my 1998 article called “Using Computers to Keep a Judge and Jury Interested.” That article also shares some wisdom of St. Louis legal technology pioneers Art Smith and Alan Steinberg that definitely stands the test of time.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Upcoming Webinar: Ethical Risks of Law Firm Websites and Blogs

The first CLE presentation I ever gave on law firm websites, including the ethical questions raised by their use, was more than ten years ago. In part, that’s why I’m very much looking forward to being part of a stellar panel for an upcoming webinar on May 29 about ethical issues raised by the ways lawyers use the Internet. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a presentation on this topic with as many years of actual web-related experience as you’ll find on this panel, given that my co-presenters are Kevin O’Keefe and Ben Cowgill.
We’ve split up the topic and plan to allow for plenty of Q & A. I’m covering ethical issues for law firm websites. Please feel free to let me know about the questions and issues you have on this topic in the comments and I’ll try to incorporate that into my coverage. I’m planning to take a historical approach and talk about the evolution of legal ethics and the web from those first days when there were only a few law firm websites, a handful of articles on the topic, and no search engines as we now know them.
Here’s an excerpt from the program description and registration information can be found here.

Sponsored by the Legal Publishing Group of Strafford Publications
Tuesday May 29, 2007
1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Early Discount Deadline, May 11
CLE available for an additional fee
Websites, the Internet and email are the preferred communication and marketing tool for attorneys and law firms, and blogs are a popular way for attorneys to exchange ideas and educate clients. However, there are serious ethical risks for attorneys who use these online communications with clients and potential clients.
Sites and blogs that enable users to email attorneys directly increase ethical concerns. And yet, there are few guidelines for attorneys by the courts and state bar associations.
Do the standard ethical rules regarding lawyer advertising apply? If law blogs are defined as political speech, can states still regulate them as commercial speech?
Listen and participate from your office telephone as our authoritative panel discusses the regulatory future and ethical guidelines for communicating with clients and prospective client via websites and blogs. The panel will feature:
The panel includes:
Benjamin Cowgill, Counselor and Attorney at Law, Lexington, Kentucky, focuses his career in the field of legal ethics. He is the former Chief Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association and a well-known presenter of CLE programs on various aspects of law office technology, including ethical considerations.
Dennis Kennedy, computer lawyer and technology expert,, LLC, St. Louis, is a well-known consultant, speaker and writer who is considered among the most influential experts on the application of technology in the practice of law. He serves businesses implementing information technology and e-commerce initiatives.
Kevin O’Keefe, president and founder of LexBlog, Bainbridge Island, Washington, is the leading provider of marketing blogs for lawyers. He was a trial lawyer for 17 years, during which he successfully marketed his law firm on the Internet.
The panel will review these and other key questions:
* How can attorneys protect clients’ privacy rights and attorney-client privilege in online communications?
* What are some of the key ethical concerns for attorneys who use websites and blogs to communicate with clients and prospective clients?
* How are the courts and state bar associations currently handling charges of ethics violations involving attorney use of the Internet and email?
Following the speaker presentations, you’ll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A session.

Thanks to Strafford Publications for putting this one together. It’s a great opportunit to pick up some ethics CLEcredit.

Register for the webinar here
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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FRCP and Metadata: E-Discovery White Paper

Two of the hottest issues in electronic discovery are metadata and the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It’s no surprise that one of the most interesting places in electronic discovery is at the intersection of metadata and the amendments.
Workshare, a leading e-discovery and legal discovery vendor, has just released a new white paper called “FRCP and Metadata: Avoiding the Lurking e-Discovery Disaster” that surveys this important territory, with an emphasis on the practical and a focus on the metadata management and preparation needs of organizations. Outside counsel has not taken a leadership role in metadata and EDD preparation and guidance, so it’s incumbent on those charged with dealing with these issues inside organizations to take charge of this issues. The white paper has practical tips, useful charts, and suggested steps you should take. Download the white paper here.
Admittedly, I might be a little biased toward the author, who is Dennis Kennedy. Yes, that’s me. Seriously, though, I enjoyed getting the chance to write the paper, work with the good people at Workshare, and to learn about the very interesting products Workshare has for addressing metadata management and other e-discovery matters.
As I wrote the paper, I became especially intrigued by their notion that we are evolving from a first generation of “metadata scrubbing” to a second generation of “metadata hygiene.” It’s a useful metaphor, and places the emphasis on dealing with information as a process.
I recommend the white paper (it’s a free download) and welcome your feedback.
As some readers may already know, I have written a number of white papers for legal technology vendors in the past year or so. I enjoy writing white papers. To answer a frequent question I get, yes, I am available to write a limited number of white papers and welcome vendor inquiries on potential white paper projects.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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Electronic Discovery in Simple Auto Accident Cases

Lawyers who resist the very notion of electronic discovery often use the “simple” auto accident as an example of a case where electronic discovery is not required. I usually give a few counter-examples, but find that I do not persuade many of the lawyers who have this point of view.
The article “Is your car spying on you?” by Robert Vamosi just might open a few eyes and cause lawyers to rethink how pervasive electronic discovery is really becoming.
The money quote:

Since 2000, most domestic automobile manufacturers, namely General Motors (GM) and Ford, have been quietly installing what are technically called Motor Vehicle Event Data Recorders (MVEDR).

You don’t need to be a meteorologist to see which way the EDD wind is blowing.
The article is also a must-read for the discussion of privacy, criminal investigation, insurance, and other issues raised by these devices.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
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