Episode 244 – Legal Communication Expert Shares Insider Tips To Polishing Skills In and Out Of Courtroom

Episode 244 – Legal Communication Expert Shares Insider Tips To Polishing Skills In and Out Of Courtroom

Sari de la Motte, Founder and CEO of FORTE, a communications consulting firm based in Oregon, sits down to talk to us about her work in helping attorneys fine-tune nonverbal intelligence and communication skills in and out of the courtroom. Sari and her team lend their expertise by coaching lawyers across the country to tailor and tweak their persona and effectively communicate with jurors, judges and opposing counsel. This is definitely worth a listen for any attorney looking to polish or even invent their courtroom communication tactics.


With a wicked sense of humor, Sari tells it like it is.While on her way to get a doctorate in Piano Pedagogy, Sari’s music professor recommended she attend a nonverbal communication workshop. This wasn’t a “body language” seminar—no kooky stuff like how to detect lying or what it means when someone’s arms are crossed. This was the real deal. She recognized that superior nonverbal communication skills lead to self-awareness, authenticity, and charisma. She was hooked. So she chucked her plans and her two music degrees and devoted herself to the study of nonverbal communication. (She’s a bit impulsive like that.)

Fifteen years later she’s gone from classical pianist to executive coach and trial consultant. Sari is a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. She assists legal teams on high profile cases throughout the United States, working one-on-one with attorneys to hone their messages and communicate with jurors, judges and opposing counsel. Because of her unique ability to help attorneys communicate their real selves, she has been dubbed “The Attorney Whisperer.”

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