Storytelling Mastery (with Jacqui Ford and Jeff Chapdelaine)

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Storytelling Mastery (with Jacqui Ford and Jeff Chapdelaine)

October 17 - October 19

Storytelling Mastery: 3 Day Drill Down On The Fundamentals Of Powerful Storytelling To Command The Courtroom Stage And Motivate Your Jurors To Take Action

Join Jesse Wilson, Jacqui Ford, and Jeff Chapdelaine for an exclusive 3 day workshop intensive, which will focus on the main elements of 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.

Jesse Wilson is a communications specialist and jury trial consultant who impacts audiences with his high energy delivery and practical content inspired from his work in the theater.

Jacqui Ford is an award-winning trial lawyer who has dedicated her practice to defending the criminally accused and advocating for the injured.

Jeff Chapdelaine is an attorney, forensic social worker, and psychodrama therapist who consults nationally on trial strategy, jury selection and trauma informed client focused case preparation.


  • Early Bird Special: $1,250 (register by September 25th)
  • Regular Rate: $1,500

3-Day Workshop Agenda

The Workshop is Broken into 3 Main Sections or "Acts"

Day One

Act I - Lawyer Connection: Unleashing Your Power as a Great Communicator

The Journey Within: Uncovering the Driving Force of a Great Communicator and Storyteller Through The Tools Of Psychodrama With Jeff Chapdelaine

9 am-10 am

  • Apply the Power of the Personal Connection and Psychodrama to increase your Presence on your feet
  • Application of Narrative Therapy Techniques harmonizing thought/emotion/body connection
  • Introduction to the 4 Steps of The Monologue and the importance of Emotional Connection to making an impact in the courtroom

10 am-10:45 am

  • Introduction of the Emotional Connection Road Map attendees will follow from the beginning to the end of the workshop: Self, Client, Jury

10:45 am-11 am


11 am-12:30 pm

  • Interactive: Verbal and Non-Verbal Connection, with Character and Neutral Masks
  • 5 Fundamental Human Emotions Deep Dive and how they transform the emotional state of judge and jury

12:30 pm-1:30 pm


Identifying Conflict as an Ally in your Case Narrative

1:30 pm-3 pm

  • Interactive: Conflict/Struggle/Resolution
  • Increase the Power of Presence with “high performance communication and presentation skills” involving breath, body movement (spatial awareness), trusting silence, and voice and speech to help judge and jury recognize, understand simply, and recall key points in the case narrative.

3 pm-3:15 pm


Defining "The Crossroad"

3:15 pm-4:30 pm

  • Interactive: “Embodying the crossroad”— powerful nonverbal communication exercises
  • Attendees learn new skills to help develop language, themes, “power anchors” and strategy in the winning story.

4:30 pm-5:30 pm

  • Interactive: Defining “the stretch…” in a memorable character, your client, and you.

Day Two

Act II - Client Connection: Transforming Your Client from Victim to Victor With Jesse Wilson

9 am-10:45 am

  • Attorneys present the “first round” of their Client Monologues in front of the group, applying the “conflict/struggle/resolution” into the case narrative. Each attorney provides critique and feedback, applying the communication breakthrough concepts learned in Act I.

10:45 am-11 am


11 am-12:30 pm

  • Continue Client Monologues and critiques.
  • Discussion and Interactive: How to outline/storyboard the strongest and most critical case narrative elements for maximum courtroom impact.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm


"The Client’s Story"

1:30 pm-3:45 pm

  • Attorneys make “the personal connection” and apply the 4 Steps of the Monologue, The Crossroad, and The Stretch (The Greater Story), towards the continued development of the original monologue in the voice and perspective of their client.

4 pm-5:30 pm

  • Discussion and reflection: The value of the “Winning Story vs The Whining Story,” how to craft a case narrative with the right balance and its specific effects in the courtroom on judge, jury and on the attorney’s case presentation.

Day Three

Act III - Jury Connection: Arming Them for Justice With Jacqui Ford

9 am-11:15 am

  • Revision and new application from the Monologue integrated into the Opening Statement and/or Closing Argument.
  • Group feedback, applying concepts learned in Act I and Act II.

11:15 am-11:30 am


11:30 am-12 pm

  • Living the Greater Story. Discussion and Interactive: Sustaining authentic emotional placement and strengthening impact in a case argument and case narrative “come Monday… and beyond.”


Date: October 17 - October 19
Time: -
Venue: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Address: 1727 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
Organizer Name: Jesse Wilson
Phone: 719-216-8390