Witness School

Juries give good verdicts to good people. We help witnesses present as their true good selves by making them become more competent and confident in a realm traditionally dominated by the attorney. Working with you, we use our experience, methodology, audiovisual technology, and our expert knowledge of communication to help each witness be the best they can be. Typically, a witness preparation can be completed in one 4-8 hour session. For witnesses with especially difficult communication problems, two sessions may be needed.

Witness Preparation Process:

  • Work with the witness to develop themes and anchors to employ while testifying
  • Help the witness learn how to emphasize their strengths, while minimizing their weaknesses
  • Concentrate on the dynamic relationship between what a witness says, how he/she sounds to others, and how he/she present themselves
  • Educate the witness about various questioning techniques often utilized by opposing counsel to confuse the witness or damage their credibility
  • Preview the effectiveness of demonstrative exhibits for supporting clear and persuasive testimony

 

Deposition Witness Preparation:
Preparation for giving deposition testimony differs in important respects from preparation for testifying at trial. At trial, the goal is to persuade the jury. For deposition, the goal is to avoid creating a record of prior inconsistent testimony and to demonstrate to opposing counsel the strength of the witness’ testimony. With judicious use of videotaping, the witness’ communication patterns are identified and an evaluation made of both effective and ineffective patterns. By concentrating on the witness’ communication strengths rather than just the weaknesses, and on the purpose for which the testimony is to be given, it is possible to enhance a witness’ ability to testify more effectively.