Jesse talking Articles
April 15, 2019

The Power of the Mask

In this video, I had so much fun playing with filmmaker Pat Smith in the studio putting together a new series of promotional videos for the mask work.
Jesse and mask Articles
April 15, 2019

The Mask in the Courtroom

Working with the masks, you learn to shed the mask of constriction that has kept you from bringing forth your own true human spirit in court.
public speaking for attorneys Articles
April 2, 2019

The Other Side of The Mask

One of the most powerful instances of breakthrough with a mask didn’t happen in a lawyers’ workshop. I have led workshops for inmates in prisons and jails. And in one of them, a man showed up whom I will never forget.
Best Trial Preparation Articles
April 2, 2019

The Hidden Role

There's a hidden role within us all, and it is up to all of us to be able to find the real reason for why we would decide to pursue this hidden role, to make this hidden role front and center on this giant stage called life, and not just…
Jesse talking to group Events
February 2, 2019

Remove The Mask: Transforming the Victim to the Victor on the Courtroom Stage

In our next 2 ½ day Workshop, Jacqui Ford and I are going to be working on the stage together along with a group of 20 trial lawyers at Cottonwood Center for the Arts here in Colorado Springs. (If you’ve never been here before, it’s freaking gorgeous.)
Jesse Wilson and Jacqui Ford Events
February 1, 2019

Remove the Mask: Transforming the Victim to Victor – Mar 15-17

Join Jesse Wilson and Jacqui Ford for an exclusive 2 1/2 day workshop in Colorado Springs, which will focus on the main elements of delivering a masterful Opening statement and Closing Argument.
Events
January 31, 2019

Tell The Winning Story – KO Opening & Closing – May 17-19

Join Jesse Wilson for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Opening statement and Closing Argument while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best.
Events
January 30, 2019

Tell The Winning Story – KO Opening & Closing – Jun 21-23

Join Jesse Wilson and Mel Orchard for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Opening statement and Closing Argument while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best.
Events
January 29, 2019

Tell The Winning Story – KO Opening & Closing – Aug 16-18

Join Jesse Wilson for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Opening statement and Closing Argument while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best.
Events
January 28, 2019

Tell The Winning Story – Arming The Jury – Oct 11-13

Join Jesse Wilson and Eric Penn for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Voir Dire while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best.
Events
January 27, 2019

Tell The Winning Story – KO Opening & Closing – Dec 13-15

Join Jesse Wilson and Mel Orchard for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Opening statement and Closing Argument while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best.
Mask group Articles
January 3, 2019

Remove the Mask in 2019

Last night I had a dream that I was working in a recovery program with inmates. I dreamt that I was with a group of about 10 dudes, and Eminem was in that group. He was actually one of the inmates and he was in recovery. It was very realistic.
Events
December 6, 2018

Tell the Winning Story at the Complex Theater – Dec 7-9, 2018

Join Jesse Wilson and Mel Orchard for an exclusive 3 day workshop which will focus on delivering a masterful Opening Statement and Closing Argument while implementing breakthrough communication skills through the tools and techniques of the theater. You will learn from the best. Dec 7-9, 2018
Good Counsel Press
October 15, 2018

Connecting With Jurors

This is displayed with permission of Trial® (July 2017). No juror will recall every fact or piece fo evidence, so you need to connect jurors to your client's case on a deeper level. This means crafting an story that live and breathes. Approach this as if there are two stories…
Masked Man Articles
October 15, 2018

Find the Right Story for Your Client

The Director's Cut What You Can Learn from the Stage and Screen to Help Find the Right Story for Your Client In our Tell the Winning Story workshops, when you create your client’s monologue (finding your clients emotional truth) you play the part of the actor/storyteller, with your partner directing…
Truck Case Stories
October 5, 2018

Blake

Case Stories Following are Case Stories (Case Studies - but in story form) that demonstrate the benefits of Tell The Winning Story: Shows how an underdog case of a young mother and her children, with a relatively unknown attorney (Penn Law Firm & Zollie Steakley Co-counsel), had no hope against…
public speaking for attorneys Press
October 4, 2018

Theater Mask Workshops Provide New Tools for the Treatment of Addiction

Colorado Springs, CO – October, 4, 2018: In 3-day intensive “Lessons From the Stage In Recovery” workshops, attendees are confronted with the role of the human ego in addiction. Using aspects of narrative therapy, psychodrama, cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy, and 12-Step concepts, clients in treatment centers gain the ability to release…
theater public speaking Press
September 17, 2018

Mask Workshops turn Victims into Victors in Trial Lawyer Theatre

Tell the Winning Story uses mask techniques with trial lawyers and clients alike to aid in showing the human spirit in the courtroom and fighting against the natural urges to cast themselves as the ‘characters’ they think the jury wants to see them as.
Press
September 3, 2018

Jesse Wilson – Turning Victims into Victors in the Trial Lawyer Theatre

In this episode of Trial Lawyer Nation, Michael Cowen and Jesse Wilson
Public Speaking for Attorneys Articles
July 31, 2018

Stand and Deliver: What You Can Gain From Public Speaking Training – As an Attorney

There is nothing normal or natural about speaking in public--even if you're an attorney. I believe that this is where much of the fear that most people have about public speaking comes from. Think about it… public speaking basically means you’re speaking to a person or a group of people…
Gavel Press Releases
May 18, 2018

Penn Law Firm uses our Trial Techniques – wins nearly $90M

Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 18, 2018. Tell the Winning Story’s trial techniques helped a relatively unknown Texas law firm win an $89.6 million verdict against a guilty $2 billion trucking company. Taking place in Harris County 127th District Court Civil, the jury found one of the biggest trucking companies in…
communication fundamentals Events
January 22, 2018

Tell The Winning Story at Cottonwood Center for the Arts

If you’re a trial lawyer looking to take your communication and storytelling skills to the next level please register for our coming 2018 TTWS events
CLE jury consulting Articles
November 7, 2017

Beyond The Stage

Through the articles in this blog, as well as the interviews with influential thought leaders and “change agents” in the field of breakthrough communication, you’ll discover the same skills that can help you become a powerful communicator are the also the same skills that can help you become the best…
CLE workshop Events
September 22, 2017

Back From LA Workshop – Finding The Greater Story

Next week in LA, a group of twenty trial lawyers will be working with the art of the monologue— bringing their clients to life from the page to the stage. When standing in front of the jury, the default for lawyers is to say more and do less emotionally, especially…
trial jury story telling Articles
September 14, 2017

Their Story. Your Stage.

WORKING WITH MEL ORCHARD AND ME IN LOS ANGELES What are they trying to overcome? What are they trying to get through? What's getting in the way of what they want? What is their deepest struggle? All of these questions lie beyond the surface of the story. What I mean…
in the moment Articles
September 7, 2017

Being In The Moment

As a jury trial consultant, when I’m asked to jump into a case and help discover the story that needs to be told to the jury, a big part of the job is about finding the moment with my client’s client… the Plaintiff. What is “the moment?” The moment is…
connecting with jurors Articles
August 16, 2017

Connecting With Jurors – Good Counsel

power of language Articles
August 2, 2017

Sam Shepard and The Power of Language

Digging into the Hidden Landscape of Words Sam Shepard made me pay attention not just to the power of language, but to my entire life. I discovered Sam Shepard when I was in junior high-- an age when I was not really into “serious writing.” This might have even been…
trial lawyer Articles
July 26, 2017

Entertainment is Not a Scary Word

ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT A SCARY WORD Be Turned on By the Truth "We were somewhere on the edge of Barstow..." I'm consulting on a 3 week trial and I can feel the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" everywhere here in Sin City. But,…
Man in court Articles
July 19, 2017

The State Before The Story

I remember going to see U2 perform in Philadelphia for the first time almost 20 years ago. It was back in the day when I was waiting tables at Morton’s of Chicago. I still remember that concert as if it were yesterday - Bono, backed up by The Edge, rising…
trial lawyer Articles
July 13, 2017

How to Use the Obstacle to Your Advantage: Re-Wiring Your Brain Around The Pain

When you’re facing the jury, you’re a storyteller whether you like it or not. The question is, how good is that story? Is it dead or alive? Have you ever told a scary story around a campfire? What’s the thing you gotta have there more than the sound of your…
Man in court Articles
July 5, 2017

Passion: The Driving Force Behind Great Communication

You’re standing in front of the jury. Are you attempting to communicate to your client’s story to the audience?  Are you mentally and emotionally present in the room you’re describing to your audience? Do you believe you’ve connected to the anxiety caused by your client’s sleepless nights? Are you capable…
CLE workshop Articles
June 19, 2017

Character Is Contradiction

“Look for the contradictions in every character, especially in your heroes and villains. No one should be what they first seem to be. Surprise the audience.” --Elia Kazan, “Kazan on Directing” Here’s another quote that I love. Walt Whitman, the great poet of “Leaves of Grass” wrote, “Do I contradict…
Gavel Articles
June 4, 2017

The Cry Beneath the Screech

Discover the real story jurors need to hear OBSTACLE:   Judging your client’s pain as an impenetrable wall that prevents you from going the distance into discovering their hidden story. OPPORTUNITY:    Discovering the real story jurors need to hear. There’s always something going on behind the mask of pain that allows you…
Articles
May 22, 2017

The Victim Trap: Top Danger for Trial Lawyers

SETTING: The home of Ms. Frances Quinn, -- aka “Ms Frances,” a dedicated mid-forties after-school enrichment teacher. MS. F’S OBSTACLE:  Lifelong depression and chronic pain, both emotional and physical -- aka Playing the Victim. MS. F’S OPPORTUNITY: Finding her self-identity, and ultimate strength -- aka Empowering herself as the Protector and Victor.…
Articles
May 12, 2017

The Boy is Me

How do you use the stories of your own experience to bring your client’s stories to life? A powerful question to ask yourself is, “Where is their story in me?” Making the Personal Connection allows you to reach deep within yourself to call upon emotional intelligence that connects you directly…
jury consultant Articles
May 2, 2017

The Personal Connection

“The Personal Connection” is one of the greatest tools actors utilize to effectively embody the role of a “character,” and it’s also an invaluable tool to channel your greatest and most authentic “you” in the courtroom. I’d like to share a story with you about an experience I had while…
Articles
April 24, 2017

Watching It Happen: The Value of Maintaining an Innocent Eye

The articles in Lessons From The Stage: Tell The Winning Story are designed to help you become a much more effective communicator both in and out of the courtroom. As a trial lawyer you face multiple challenges, or “Obstacles” as I prefer to call them, in your cases as well as in…
attorney emotion training Articles
April 14, 2017

“Use It”: The Obstacle is the Opportunity

“The cure for the pain is the pain.” --Rumi Once we identify what emotional roadblocks are blocking our way—and we listen to what they are telling us and face them—we can then choose to use them to our advantage. In this recent workshop, the main method to help break through…
best jury consultant Articles
March 31, 2017

It’s An Inside Job

THE JOURNEY WITHIN: UNCOVERING THE DRIVING FORCE OF A GREAT COMMUNICATOR If you were about to take your last breath and leave this world behind, would you be satisfied that you fully engaged not only with who you are, but with others as well during your lifetime?  At the moment…
CLE theater Articles
September 10, 2016

The Winning Story vs. The Whining Story

THE WINNING STORY VS THE WHINING STORY THE PERILOUS PITFALLS OF PITY IN ADVOCACY JESSE WILSON, MA LESSONS FROM THE STAGE: COMMUNICATION BREAKTHROUGHS WITH THE POWER OF THEATER Without question, one of the most common greatest dangers for both the actor and trial lawyer is making the assumption that the…
best jury consultant Articles
June 7, 2016

Working With The Monologue: An Essential Communications Tool

This summer, I had the privilege of teaching at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. It was an amazing experience, one I’ll never forget. Over 60 trial lawyers I got to work closely with were introduced to the monologue, a powerful communications tool designed to help tell the winning…
theater public speaking Articles
June 6, 2016

The Balance of Opposites

As a native Los Angelestian, I'm in awe of the snow. I'm still in awe that something so pure and white could fly down from the sky and turn a trashcan into an object of beauty. I'm fascinated by the innocence of snow and also by the destruction that it…
Jury Consulting Articles
June 5, 2016

What are the “Bests of your Worsts” and Vice Versa?

WHAT ARE THE "BESTS OF YOUR WORSTS?" WHAT ARE THE "WORSTS OF YOUR BESTS?" From classic films like "Kramer Vs. Kramer" to "The Godfather," Robert McKee in his brilliant book for the screenwriter, STORY, proceeds to give examples of films where the worst situations turned out to be best possible…
Articles
June 4, 2016

You Can’t Escape Performance

An actor gets ready to take to the stage… the costume is on. The makeup is on. The lines are memorized. The audience is in their seats. The stage lights dim… it’s show time. The lines come out of the actors mouth. But the performance is flat. The voice is…
tell the inning story home Events
June 3, 2016

“Lessons From The Stage” Retreats

“Write, Tell, Live Your New Story” In my weekend retreats, you will journey deep into the process of rediscovering your new story. You will embark on a memorable journey that will set you on a new course for making a deep, lasting, and incredibly creative life change, one where you’ll…
Monologue Development Events
June 1, 2016

My TedX Talk

Late in 2014, I gave a Tedx talk at Colorado State University on “The Power of the Obstacle – An Inside Job.” I’m so exited to share my talk based on a dramatic life change I experienced in 2012 when I was invited to share my work in the theater…