How To Communicate Like a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter


“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu

The two fighters stand toe to toe at the center of the octagon. Neither blinks as they stare each other down. The fight hasn’t even started, and one fighter is positioning himself for success without saying a word.

The guy in the black trunks and red and blue dragon tattoo across the right side of his chest is swaying back and forth with his arms fully extended down on each side of his body. His fists are tightly clenched. He’s sending a message without saying a word.

The fighter in the bright green shorts with bleach blond hair is standing inches away and perfectly still. There’s no movement or sound. His eyes are closed, and he looks like he’s meditating. He’s also communicating a powerful message in his own silent way.

As the fighters reach out and tap knuckles, they each share a glance at the other. The guy in the black pumps his fist in the air as he turns and walks back to his corner.

The other fighter in green smiles and blows his opponent a sarcastic kiss before returning to his side of the octagon.


Outside the Octagon

Good trial lawyers know that communication in the courtroom is much more than giving an opening statement, asking a witness questions, or making a persuasive closing argument. How we walk, dress, and behave influences our jury. Our body language often serves as an exclamation point to what was just said. Our silence can go a long way to building trust and rapport.

How you come across during a podcast, video, or even through the actions of your avatar in the metaverse matters. Your silence and body language may be more important than anything you say.

Sometimes, a single verbal punch is all it takes to make your point and close a deal. But often, the perception others have about you, and the things that are never said make the most significant difference.

Practice silence. Pay attention to your body language. Give weight to the quotes from Peter Drucker and Lao Tzu.

Please stay in touch and make today your masterpiece!

Mitch Jackson, Esq.





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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw

Everything we do in business involves our voice. Web2 and web3 experiences like podcasting, video, and social audio (LinkedIn live audio, Discord audio/video channels, and Twitter Spaces) revolve around what we say and hear. Communicating in the metaverse through avatars using our voice is as important as the visual experience. In business situations, probably more so.

Would you like to learn how to speak with power and authority? Would you like to learn how to get more people to pay attention to you while talking?

Of course, you do. We all do.

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To get started, think of your voice as a musical instrument. As an example, let’s go with playing a guitar.

If you’ve never played the guitar before and I handed mine to you to play to a room full of people, what do you think would happen?


How to Communicate Better on Social Audio and in the Metaverse

We’re interacting in new ways. Sometimes it’s just with our voice on social audio. Other times it involves audio complimented by our Avatar and digital assets in the Metaverse.

In both circumstances, we only have a few seconds or minutes to attract attention and keep the conversation moving forward. In this interview, my guest, Chris Lema, shows you how to instantly capture attention and connect with others.

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Tips For Moderating a Clubhouse Room

I originally shared this in our “Lawyers on Clubhouse” Facebook Group. Because so many of my friends, who are not lawyers and not part of the group) wanted to see the post, I’m sharing it here too. If you think this post has value, please feel free to share the link with other friends who are enjoying the Clubhouse platform.


Tips For Moderating a Clubhouse Room.

I sat down with my team to come up a list of tips to help all of us moderate our Clubhouse Rooms. After we got past the “it’s like herding a bunch of really smart cats,” this is what we came up with. Please share any additional thoughts in the comments and I’ll update the post as needed.

By the way, I shared an earlier related post, “Clubhouse Tips for Lawyers and Law School Students” that’s a good place for new users to start.

#1: Starting Your Room

When you start your room, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only person in the room. That’s OK. It’s normal. It can take a few minutes for people to find their way over to the room, even if you’ve been promoting it on your social platforms and blogs (see #6 in the above link).

The key is to have something going on while people are coming in. When you see people down in the audience, welcome them by name and let them know, in a friendly conversational way, what the room is all about. For example, I was part of a room with Bob Burg, author of “The Go-Giver” series of books. As people started coming in and while I was alone on stage before Bob arrived, I started with, “Hi Julie, it’s good to see you in the audience. This is going to be fun. Bob Burg will be joining us and after a few minutes, we’ll be asking everyone to raise their hands and come up to the stage to say hello and ask questions. Please do me a favor and hit the (+) button and please invite your friends, who will want to meet Bob, into the room…”

I’ll continue to chat about my day, maybe something that’s relevant to the topic or that happened in the news, and just keep the audio live so that people who come into the room stay in the room. If you have a co-moderator, you can incorporate the above with small talk for a minute or two until you decide it’s time to formally start the presentation, discussion or immediate Q&A.

#2: Give Context to Your Room

Many people in the room may not know exactly what the room’s about or who you are. Take 30-60 seconds to set the stage focusing on the benefits to your audience. Introduce yourself and immediately let everyone know what value they’re going to receive by listening and participating in the room. If you’re co-moderating a room, plan ahead to introduce each other with a short 30-60 second introduction. I always ask the other moderator to text or email me a short intro and then modify it down to something short and sweet. The idea is to give everyone in the room a reason to be there and invite others into the room. At this stage I also usually mention the room will be open for an hour (or whatever the time frame is) so that everyone knows the general game-plan.

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How To Communicate Effectively On Live Video

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Ross Brand’s live streaming show. Here’s the link to the full hour interview.

Ross was kind enough to put this 5 minute video clip together where we talked about my favorite and most powerful communication tips for the courtroom, social media, and recorded/live video.

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Here’s a bit more about Jamie: Successful lawyering depends on the power of persuasion. Before law school, Jamie pursued a career as a professional actor in Los Angeles after obtaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California. Following several appearances in the soap operas “Santa Barbara” and “Young and the Restless,” Jamie left his union cards with the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist behind to put his persuasion skills to use in the courtroom. Jamie obtained his law degree from The University of Alabama.

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