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OKC - IN PERSON - The Expressive Litigator: Voice and Its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling (6 total credit hour/includes no ethics credit)

March 31, 2017

Location: Oklahoma Bar Association - 1901 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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Walk-ins will be accepted at the door.

OBA/CLE Presents:

The Expressive Litigator:

Voice and Its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling



Oklahoma Bar Center

1901 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Click here for location map and driving directions

CLE CREDIT: This course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 6 hours of mandatory CLE credit, including 0 hour of ethics.


$150 for early-bird registrations with payment received before March 27th; $175 for registrations with payment received March 27th – March 30th.  Walk-ins $200. To receive a $10 discount for the in-person program, register online at http://www.okbar.org/members/CLE.  Registration for the live webcast is $200.

Seniors may register for $50 on in-person programs (late fees apply) and $75 for webcasts, and members licensed 2 years or less may register for $75 for in-person programs (late fees apply) and $100 for webcasts. 

This program will NOT be rebroadcast.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations will be accepted at any time prior to the seminar date; however, a $25 fee will be charged for cancellations made within four full business days of the seminar date. No requests for refunds or cancellations will be accepted on or after the seminar date.

SEMINAR MATERIALS:  The Oklahoma Bar Association is embracing a healthier and greener business environment.  Therefore, seminar materials will be provided in electronic format in a separate email prior to the program.   If you choose to have a printed version of the materials, prior to the sessions you can download and print them. If you would like a hard copy of the materials, there will be a $25 charge, please call Renee at 405-416-7029.


Featured Presenter:

Rena Cook, Vocal Authority

Henry McDaniel, co-presenter


The Expressive Litigator: Voice and its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling, provides an in-depth training course for the attorney who wants to have more vocal power, clarity and expressivity in front of judge and jury. Divided into three primary sections, Elements of Voice, Principals of Expressivity and Acting the Story, thirteen topics delve deeply into various aspects of voice, including breath, resonance, articulation, inflection that communicates meaning,  and using verb imagery to find authenticity and variety.

Expressivity, confidence in front of judge and jury, the ability to build suspense and to hold an audience are all skills that can be taught.  Each concept is introduced through brief narrative and definition of terms and ideas. Simple, tangible exercises that build skills are clearly laid out, providing a compressive pathway to real and lasting results.

Participants should be prepared to actively participate; we will be on our feet practicing our speeches out loud throughout the day.

Rena is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training and development business created to serve corporate clients, including politicians, attorneys and CEOs who what to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. She is Professor Emeritus in the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama, where she taught Voice Speech and Dialects. She has a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London

Henry McDaniel is a Professor of Voice and Speech with a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and an MFA in Acting. He and Rena have worked together to design the Expressive Litigator!

Overview of Course Content

Each attendant is encouraged to bring a copy of an opening or closing they are currently preparing so the work can be more immediately applicable and useful.


* Elements of Voice

** Release of habitual tension

** Alignment

** Breath

** Resonance

** Pitch range


* Principals of Expressivity

** Inflection

** Curing falling inflection disease

** Antithesis and Contrasts

** Volume variety

** Rhythm variety


* Acting the Story

** Painting the picture

** Characterizing

               ** Action Verbs



8:30 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast              

9:00               Introduction to Expressive Litigator and your presenters

                      Elements of Voice:

                      Releasing Habitual Tensions


9:50               Break

10:00             Breath, Resonance             

10:50             Pitch Range and Inflection that Communicates Meaning

                       Volume and Rhythm Variety

11:40             Lunch (provided with registration)

12:10 p.m.     Acting the Story: Painting the Picture

1:00               Break           

1:10               Characterizing, Action Verbs

2:00               Practice with our own openings/closings

2:50               Adjourn


Webcast Available: This program will also be webcast

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