About this blog

After more than 25 years operating a trial consulting practice together as co-founding partners of Magnus Research Consultants, Inc. and Magnus Graphics, Inc., and more than 30 years of marriage, Dr. Melissa Pigott and David Fauss decided to share some of their thoughts, experiences, pet peeves, and perspectives on operating a small “mom & pop” business. The intended audience for their writings is other business owners, as well as employees of small businesses. Trial consulting is a professional service business, as was David’s photography business. There are many unique issues faced by professional service providers; Melissa and David share some of their insights on running a successful business.

Sam Ward – Art Classes

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 18, 2018

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work

I learned a long time ago that there are many things in which I do not excel; many things in which I lack interest in learning to do; and many things in which I lack talent, a genetic predisposition, or a “gift.” In 1968, I became immensely aware that I lacked artistic talent, as well […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 18, 2018

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work

My Sam is named Storm. As a child, I enjoyed playing neighborhood baseball and football games. By junior high and high school, softball and football were, seasonally, part of phys ed. Though I never wanted to be on a ball team, I did enjoy these games somewhat. But, while most of us boys played at […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A few years ago, we had a case involving lawyers from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. We knew the Florida lawyers, who brought us into the case. The California lawyers were unknown to us; they were with a huge firm with a strong reputation. Our primary contact there was a Sr. Associate, […]

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Otis Redding wrote “Respect” in 1965. When sung by Otis Redding, the song was about a man who is willing to work hard all day, as long as he receives respect from his woman when he gets home. Aretha Franklin’s cover of “Respect,” released in 1967, has a different tone. Instead of begging for her […]

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Most Fun Concerts: RUSH concert “Hi Melissa”

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 11, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

The first rock and roll concert I attended was in 1972, when The Looking Glass, with the hit song, “Brandy,” performed at Fort Myers Middle School. Since then, I have attended hundreds of rock concerts. (There was a period in April, 2018, when David and I saw 20 bands over an 11 day period; we […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 11, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

I guess you could say that, for Melissa, RUSH was an acquired taste. We probably all have them, but I liked them from when I first heard The Spirit of the Radio. Melissa reports that I’m a huge fan, but as she has now come to understand, fan appreciation for RUSH is on a sliding […]

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Why do we do this anyway?

I’ve been writing a number of posts recently that contain quite a bit of negativity. Negative events, negative people, me griping. I realized that some might question why Melissa and I do what we do – why we chase attorneys, why we work in such a contentious world. Some people we know can’t imagine working […]

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I became a psychologist to help people. Although I am not a clinical psychologist who helps patients overcome various psychological maladies, in my job as a social psychologist who consults with attorneys, 100% of what I do is aimed at helping those in need. I like to help people. I like to make a difference […]

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5 Most Fun Things We’ve Done: A Day in Morocco

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 4, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

This final post about the 5 most fun things David and I have done is about our weirdly fun day in Morocco. David and I went to Spain, to visit our friend, Dr. Linda Foley, who was teaching psychology at the U.S. Navy base in Rota for a year. While we were in Spain, we […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 4, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

I don’t know what I expected when we boarded a ferry one early morning in Spain for the relatively short crossing to Tangier. I don’t know what I’d expect if I did it again because it took us to a place so different and unfamiliar than any place we’ve ever visited. The boat was nothing […]

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Good deed for the day

A long, increasingly long, time ago, I was a Cub Scout, Webelo, then Boy Scout. I didn’t stick with the Boy Scouts too long, other interests intervened, but I was involved with all of these scouting organizations long enough to hear, and personalize, the good deed of the day philosophy. I thought of this today […]

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David performs more good deeds than anyone I have ever met. That’s one of the reasons I like him! He even suggests good deeds for me to perform, such as reminding me to call a sick friend; ensuring I visit an old friend who is dying while waiting, in vain, on a transplant; buying an […]

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5 Most Fun Things We’ve Done: Goodyear Blimp Ride

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 28, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

Among the 5 most fun things David and I have done together is riding in the Goodyear Blimp. Oh boy! Most people will lives their entire lives without ever getting to ride in a blimp or a zeppelin, but David and I have had the privilege of riding not once, but twice, in the Goodyear […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On August 28, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

The humming engines of the blimp are unmistakable to those who have heard them with some frequency. There is a difference in the blimp we rode and the current “new” blimp or, more accurately, zeppelin. Watching them fly from the ground is thrilling – seeing how something so big is controlled is pretty amazing. Before […]

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Objective Data for Better Decisions – Proof for Others

I had a conversation yesterday with a client that prompts this post on a topic I’ve had on hold for sometime. When a trial consultant conducts mock jury research, or mock arbitration, or a mock bench trial, the consultant is collecting objective data to report to the client as to the specific results or verdicts […]

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At Magnus, we are “all about” data. And, just to be sure the reader knows this, “data” is the plural of “datum,” therefore, when one refers to data, to be correct, one must say things such as “the data are,” “the data have revealed,” “the data confirm,” etc. instead of wrongly describing data as if […]

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5 Most Fun Things We’ve Done: Balloon Ride

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On August 21, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

This, third, post in the series about the 5 most fun things David and I have done is about balloons, specifically, hot air balloons! As a photographer, David has always been fascinated by hot air balloons. Many years ago, he convinced me to wake up in the middle of the night to attend a hot […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On August 21, 2018

Category: Business Partnerships, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is considered the most photographed event in the world. Thousands of people attend and almost everyone has a camera. Or more than one camera like me – I think I had 3 most of the time. In the few seemingly short (sleep deprived) days we were there, I shot 4 or […]

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Better Safe than Sorry

A client of ours recently told me his motto was better safe than sorry. This was in the context of setting a meeting and allowing adequate time for Miami traffic – which can be a real challenge. But, his motto is something I’ve often thought about and attempted to use, tactfully, with potential clients who […]

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I am a firm believer in the motto, “better safe than sorry.” I am a careful, conscientious person who checks, then re-checks, then re-checks my work, in an attempt to prevent errors. Many of Magnus’ potential clients, however, prefer to “fly by the seat of their pants” then hope for the best outcome, sometimes having […]

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