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When the stakes are high, do you communicate with influence and impact?  

Don’t waste another minute not getting the results you deserve.

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High-Stakes Communication

It’s straight-forward.  Our passion is helping people communicate with influence and impact.  

Not just speaking, but actually being heard.  Authentically.  Deeply.  For what they have to say.

In the courtroom, the boardroom, or in front of the media.


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Your toughest witnesses are our speciality.  We understand emotional plaintiffs, abrasive pro athletes, defensive professionals, unpredictable blue collar workers.

We take a precise approach to assessing  their weaknesses.  We apply our proven practices to resolve their issues.  And then train them to become unflappable at deposition, trial, or hearings.

             We weren’t trained to do this.  Even if we prep for days, we still worry.  Will they do the right thing, will they be confident when the pressure is on?

Steven B. Stein

Brady Law Group

San Francisco, CA                                     

Influence is the name of the game.

Being smart isn’t enough.

It’s how your verbal - and more important - your nonverbal communication impacts judges, juries, opposing counsel, colleagues, and even your clients.

We meticulously and ruthlessly assess and coach attorneys to achieve a new level of confidence and influence.  

        Deborah was able to provide me with keen insight and advice.  I saw results immediately and noticed a tremendous  difference in my presentation.

Ben Himmelstein

Radix Law

Phoenix, AZ              


Women Professionals

Now more than ever,

your voice needs to be heard.  

Stop the struggle, the doubt, the frustration.  Learn how to use your feminine strengths

to have more impact.  

Develop the confidence to be a compelling force in your career and your life.    

       The work with you continues to influence my ability to be a leader.  I certainly wouldn’t be as confident had you not helped me.  I am forever grateful.

Laura Fry, PhD

Executive Special Assistant, Office of the President

Maricopa Community College

Phoenix, AZ


I relied on Deborah’s expertise to manage our witnesses and help them maximize their contribution.  You’ll save three times over in legal fees than what you spend on Deborah’s consultation services.

Catherine Chow

Director of Legal Services

THE KEG Canada Ltd.

Deborah Johnson is an expert in human communication.  She consults with attorneys in high-stakes civil, criminal, and family law litigation where witness impressions and confident factual delivery is required for an excellent result.  Deborah’s Masters’ Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Television Production, combined with extensive witness preparation experience, gives her a unique ability to prepare witnesses to confidently deliver testimony at deposition or trial.

Deborah is a six-time EMMY Award-winning writer and producer. She is a rarity in the world of high-stakes communications.  Eight years of partnering with Gallup to create TV audience research further honed her skills at understanding the subtleties of audience likes and dislikes – which translates to jury likes and dislikes.

This combination of skills and experiences perfectly positions her to provide powerful coaching and training to effectively handle high-stakes situations. Her one-on-one, down-to-earth approach teaches the skills witnesses, attorneys and professionals need to become confident, resilient communicators in stressful situations.

During her 20-year career in affiliate TV she worked for top-rated network stations in San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, and Cincinnati. Over the span of her career, she has worked extensively with national and international media including the BBC, NPR, and the New York Times. She has appeared on KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix as a trial consultant during the highly publicized Jodi Arias murder trial.  Deborah speaks internationally on the topic of improving personal communication in high-stakes situations to build better relationships and achieve better results.  

I’ve made it my mission to help people communicate with impact in a tough environment.  To learn to thrive in a world that is not always open and welcoming.  

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