Jim Vickaryous

I have noticed that the better educated a person is, the less likely they can tell a gripping story. Ask a sailor, fisherman, or cop for a story, and you can’t stop listening. Ask a lawyer for a good story, and you immediately regret it. Somehow, our modern education system has bleached out the natural ability of a person to tell a great story. The best storyteller I have ever come across had a third-grade education and was barely literate. You could tell that my Grandpa Tony was about to tell one heck of a great story because it started with a twinkle in his blue eyes and a wry half-smile on his weathered face. He was an Alaskan homesteader who could raise the hair on the back of your neck recounting a midnight run-in with an angry grizzly bear, and how he survived to tell the tale.     

While storytelling might not come naturally to those who had to memorize the rule against perpetuities, it comes in handy in a lawyer’s toolbox of skills. In a world where communication is often reduced to cold facts and figures, the art of storytelling can be an incredibly powerful tool for lawyers. By weaving together compelling narratives that capture the essence of a case, a storytelling lawyer can connect with judges, jurors, and clients on a deeper emotional level, and create a sense of shared understanding and empathy that can be invaluable in achieving positive outcomes. 

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