From the Pretrial, Trial, Appellate & Evidence Blog: "Don't Ruin Your Opening Statement," which lists twenty-one pitfalls to avoid, including use of the past tense, losing eye contact, and reading from notes.
The book is a compilation of some of the writing I've done over the years at my other blog. Although I'm fully aware that the world doesn't need more blog compilations, I'm publishing mine anyway, mostly for the reasons I noted in the book's foreword, which you can read for free by clicking "look inside the book" at Amazon.
Though some of the selections in the book are still being read daily at The Legal Underground (a/k/a Beyond the Underground), I'm willing to bet that no one has read all of the posts I've included--about 125 posts from a total of over 3000. Most of these posts were written without internal links (which don't translate well into book form), specifically because I hoped one day to collect them in print.
You can read more about the book at Amazon. Both the book's description as well as its Table of Contents (available by "looking inside the book") will give you a good idea of what's inside.
I've already sent How to Feed a Lawyer to a number of bloggers and writers who expressed interest in my writing over the years. I'm willing to send out more. If you're a blogger who wants a review copy, send me an email and I'll be happy to oblige.
A common technique your opponent may use in a deposition, particularly if he is older or more experienced than you, is to rattle your concentration with obnoxious behavior such as improper objections, loud sighs, rattling of a newspaper, etc.
The goal of the ... 12 rules is to align the interests of clients/customers and service providers to the fullest extent possible. The rules are not perfect, and can be improved. But this model works--if you work at it. If you follow these rules by building a disciplined culture at your shop where they are enforced and kept alive, your clients and firm both benefit as you go along.