A longtime trial attorney and partner at a successful firm recently shared some of his insight on questioning witnesses. He maintained that when examining a witness, the length of time you spend interviewing them and the level of detail you seek from them in the questions you ask, should very depending on how you want the jury to perceive the moment.
I have begun reading Plain English for Lawyers. The first chapter gives the reader motivation to continue reading by sharing a story of a judge who orders a hole to be cut in a 177 page legal document. The responsible lawyer then had to wear it around his head as punishment. How humiliating.
The Airey family was in the market for a soft and cuddly dog. After a two day search that included only Internet postings, they found a canine that interested them. The pictures showed a brown and fluffy dog. The Airey family called up the owners of the animal.
“Success in public speaking rests in proper preparation, rehearsal, keeping some key delivery tips in mind, and, most important, adjusting the movie that runs through our heads that keeps trying to tell us over and over just how terrible the experience is going to be. Nothing can be further from the truth; we just have to make the shift internally. Simply put, for most people who fear public speaking, the resolution rests in their own minds. It is within their power to change.
A way to understand how people react when they are agreeing or disagreeing is to ask them simple yes or no questions. Observe what physical cues they exhibit and take note.
I am currently in the section that talks about expert witnesses. I find this to be a fascinating topic. Some expert witnesses make big money. They can make or break a case.