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Witness Preparation Techniques

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Summary

Witness Preparation Techniques

Workshop Description/Agenda

Benefits
Learn preparation techniques to assure the recounted information is accurately construed. Over the last several decades, researchers have identified important factors that influence how jurors evaluate witness testimony, store evidence in longterm memory, and recall key testimony during deliberations. Witnesses who are not seen as credible, or who do not keep jurors engaged, often fail to be seen as persuasive communicators. As such, much of their testimony is difficult to recall during deliberations, or is simply dismissed out of hand. In order to be more persuasive communicators, witnesses should learn how to build a rapport with jurors, present clear narratives, and use multiple modes of communication. This important information provides some insight into the juror psychology that influences persuasion, information retention, and the perceived credibility of witnesses. The material also offers strategies for conducting more effective witnesses preparation sessions for both depositions and trial. Learn techniques for successfully handling crossexamination, responding to difficult questions, and strategies for reinforcing case themes.

Agenda
The Psychology of the Jury and Juror Decision Making
• How Jurors Construct a Trial Story
• How Do Life Experiences and Attitudes Impact How Jurors Process and Evaluate Witness Testimony
• How Witness Testimony Is Stored and Recalled From Long-Term Memory

Preparing for a Successful Cross-Examination
• How to Address a Witness's Anxiety or Concerns About Testifying
• How to Identify Weaknesses and Nervous Tics Through Direct and Cross-Examination Practice Runs
• How to Handle Difficult Questions, Documents, and Prior Statements
• How to Improve Persuasiveness Through Effective Communication in Direct and Cross

How to Build a Rapport With Jurors
• Using Pacing a Definitive Language to Control Cross-Examination
• Identify Nonverbal Behavior Jurors Misinterpret as Deceit

Faculty
Bryan Edelman, Ph.D. with Trial Innovations

Credits
CLE (Please check the Detailed Credit Information page for states that have already been approved) ,NALA ,Additional credit may be available upon request.

Who Should Attend

This live webinar is primarily designed for attorneys. Other legal professionals may also benefit from attending.

Additional Information

Training Provider: Lorman Education Services

Course Topics: Law Training > General Law

Training Course Summary: Witness Preparation Techniques


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