Here in sunny SoCal the skies are grey, the wind is blowing off the Pacific, and rain threatens. It is our winter. And the season for telling stories. I have chosen this time to join the universal family of storytellers who blog.
In one aspect of my life I work as nurse-attorney and professionally trained storyteller who has become nationally known as an experienced litigation consultant for using the principles and techniques of storytelling to persuade, inspire, and guide as a key trial strategy. Over the decades I have learned that the skillful use of narrative creates meaning for the decision-maker to relate a stranger's case to their own experience. When skillful lawyers use language with power, passion and precision they can effectively translate case images into compelling themes and desired verdict action. Together with other nationally recognized litigation and jury consultants Lightning Rod Communications is able to provide a broad spectrum of litigation consulting services for our clients.
But there are two sides to every story. Yes, I intend to bring a different voice to what some call the blawgosphere (for the legal profession) as well as thinking out loud on these pages about the more universally themed stories we tell. And the words we use to tell them. Human beings are 'homo narrans' grounded in stories and the telling of those stories to relate and understand each other. I want to explore these questions: What stories are we telling? For what purpose and use? How do we express the emotional meaning of those stories?
When not blogging and helping lawyers identify, shape and effectively deliver the stories they need to tell for their clients, I am actively engaged as a Lady Beewrangler managing my own apiary on an organic farm, sailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Thank you for inviting me into the story circle. Thank you to my friend, colleague and co-author, Stephanie West Allen, who held my feet to the fire. And every good wish for all our stories this Season and beyond.