For some pointers on opening statement, see "Persuasion at Trial: Opening Statements," by Jeffrey T. Frederick. The article explores ways of organizing your opening statement for maximum persuasiveness, and explains each of a number of tips, such as:
--Start with your theme;
--Be clear and organized;
--Pay attention to the language used;
--Do not overstate your case;
--Start and end strong;
--Use physical evidence; and,
--Do not hide behind the podium.