In a court of law, it’s always very difficult for lawyers to tell whether their arguments are having a negative or positive impact on the judge and jury. However, with a mastery of nonverbal communication, it may be possible to get a read on them therefore enabling you adjust your arguments depending on the nonverbal cues you get.
We’ll therefore share with you a couple of ideas on how to use nonverbal communication in a court of law.
Check for facial expressions
The good thing about facial expressions is that most of them are universal. You can easily tell anger, disgust, joy and many types of emotions that a person is experiencing through their facial expressions. As a lawyer, the ability to read facial expressions therefore becomes very important as you can tell how the judge and jury are responding to your arguments.
Paying attention to eye contact
One of the ways to tell whether the judge or jury are paying attention to you when you speak is through looking for eye contact. If their eyes are peeled on you, it’s a good indication that they are listening and if the opposite is the case, then it shows they are not listening therefore you need to find a creative way to grab their attention.
Observe for body posture
There are a number of involuntary movements that the body forces on people as a way of passing out a certain communication and it’s therefore a good idea for lawyers to be familiar and observe the body posture of the judge, jury as well as witnesses in the court. You can easily tell if someone is uncomfortable, tired, and nervous, and so on by just observing their body posture.
The good thing about most nonverbal communication cues is that they are universal and therefore will apply in a similar fashion across the different parties that will be in the court. Therefore a mastery of nonverbal communication is a good skill for any lawyer to have.