Case Barnett Law - B2B - May 2020


MAY 2020

HOW GREAT STORIES STICK WITH US A STORY TO TELL S ome of the first stories I remember loving when I was a kid are “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” These are both stories about young boys going on adventures in wild places, so it’s no surprise that

I enjoyed them so much. Something I really liked about both “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Jungle Book” is that they were a little scary. It felt like an acknowledgment of the scariness that comes with being a kid. That resonated with me. As a kid, the world is big, and emotions are big. Stories that were able to capture these emotions honestly tended to stick with me.

A great story makes us feel something because it tells something true. Stories can convince someone to join our cause or teach lessons by

revealing some kernel of truth. Even if a story is about space battles, superheroes, or a boy raised by wolves, when the underlying message holds some truth about our world, we connect with it. That’s the difference between a great story and a forgettable one. If a story doesn’t make us feel anything, that’s because there was no truth to it. As human beings, our lives are filled with stories. We tell stories to our friends about the wild things that happened at work, we take in stories from the news about what’s going on in the world, and we even have

As human beings, our lives are filled with stories.

ability to tell this story to the judge and jury. That’s why I work hard to make sure people feel something when I tell my clients’ stories. When the judge or jury feel something during the story, they are able to connect to my client as a fellow human being and start to understand what they’ve gone through.

Sharing stories is as important as hearing them. It’s really cool to be able to tell the stories I loved in childhood to my own kids. Before I started reading “Where the Wild Things Are” or “The Jungle Book” to Finn and Harlow, I really couldn’t have told you exactly what happened in those books. But even when I couldn’t clearly remember the plot, I remembered how those

the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It’s by listening to and telling stories that we understand each other and the world around us. By listening to someone's stories, you learn about them on a deep level. That’s why storytelling is so important as a trial lawyer. Attorneys have a unique opportunity to tell their clients’ stories. When someone comes to me looking for help, I get to hear their story. It’s my job to understand what this person is going through and to tell their story during the trial. The outcome of my client’s case relies on my

stories made me feel. That’s the power of a great story, whether it’s told in a children’s book or in a courtroom. Great stories stick with us for the rest of our lives. –Case Barnett

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