Hey everyone. My name is Mike DeBlis. I’m the host of “Emotion In The Courtroom.”
“THEATER OF THE COURTROOM” is a podcast designed to help trial lawyers “bring the life back to the law” by making a positive connection with jurors so that they will be open to our arguments.
It’s also designed to help tax professionals simplify “tax speak” so that it can easily be understood by a lay audience. As a tax attorney who does a lot of public speaking, this is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time.
Being able to explain a topic as dry and abstract as tax without lulling an audience to sleep is no small feat. And to try and make it interesting might seem virtually impossible! But several of my guests are on a mission to take the conventional way of thinking and turn it on its head by showing us how technical speak can captivate the senses, be riveting, and be intellectually stimulating.
Each week, I interview some of todays most successful public speakers, lawyers, and members of the theater arts community. They share their wisdom and insights on how to master stage presence and dramatic techniques – both in the courtroom and the boardroom.
I have to give a special “shout out” to all of my guests who so generously shared their most precious commodity – their time – with me. I feel like I’ve stood on the shoulders of giants! While you may not have known it at the time, I was so engaged in the discussion that I was hanging on every single word you said!
You put up with a lot! You put up with my long-winded questions, which usually ended with a period and not a question mark (as an attorney, it seems like the only type of question that I know how to ask these days is a leading question). And oh “yea,” my gross understatement of time.
Thirty minutes in my world often meant forty-five minutes in yours. Those who know me best are probably shaking their heads right about now.
To the “Trial Warriors” out there, once you begin listening to these interviews, you’ll never go back to your old way of trying cases again. You’ll learn how to make the individual parts of a trial come to life through creative, spontaneous, outside-the-box innovations that capture and invigorate.
Fasten your seat belts! We’re planning an epoch launch. Beginning Monday, August 31 and ending Friday, September 11, thirteen episodes will air in twelve days. That’s still hard for even me to believe.
After that, three episodes will be released each week — on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
My friends from the improv community have put me up to a challenge. Each week before class, we warm up with an exercise called, “Hot Spot.”
“Hot Spot” is where the class forms a circle and each person goes into the center to sing the lyrics to a song as passionately as if they were the artist themselves. Meanwhile, those on the outer circle are supporting the person in the middle by singing along.
“Hot Spot” is my favorite warm-up, much to the chagrin of my classmates. Instead of singing and clapping along, they usually plug their ears with their fingers.
So they’ve dared me to sing a song – any song – in my first podcast episode. There is one song that I love so much that I sing it at least once every time I am in the “hot spot” (and yes, when I’m in the shower, too). That song just so happens to be “Sherry” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
So here’s your fair warning. Stop the podcast right now, take small children by the hand, or simply put in your earplugs.