Powerful Witness Preparation

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Every caring lawyer involved in litigation has experienced the stress (trauma?) of wondering and worrying about witness testimony. Powerful Witness Preparation provides a modern prescription for persuasive verbal and non-verbal witness communications that will benefit every lawyer - regardless of experience (or inexperience). Dan Small, a highly-respected, experienced litigator - and witness expert walks you through the methods, procedure and rules that will make your witness a powerful, compelling communicator.

Dan's incredible breadth of experience will help you:

  • Develop expertise, or even modest success, in witness preparation that takes most lawyers years to learn.
  • Minimize the pain inherent in inadequate or improper witness preparation.
  • Discover new tips, tactics and techniques that will make you a more effective advocate.

Bridging the Gap

  • The perception gap
  • The conversation gap
  • The audience gap

Understanding the Need

  • Treacherous environment
  • Unnatural environment
  • Deceptive environment

Understanding the Audience

  • Humanize the witness
  • Humanize the party
  • Simplify the language
  • Simplify the message

Understanding the Challenge

  • Three mistakes witnesses make
  • Seven mistakes lawyers make

The Process

  • Preparation - key steps
  • Preparation checklist
  • Key goals

The Rules

  • Basic principles
  • Framing the message
  • The 10 rules
  • Making an impact

Adapting to the Situation

  • Interview v. testimony
  • Deposition v. trial
  • Direct v. cross

Expert Witness

  • Role of the expert
  • Expert/attorney relationship
  • Independence of experts
  • Expert communications

Ethical Challenges - Preparation Does Not Mean Coaching!

  • Extremes and reality
  • The perjury dilemma
  • Conventional wisdom vs. the new order

Core Themes/Home Bases

Understanding the Keys

  • The witnesses' bill of rights

Recorded during a live webcast in June 2018.


Daniel I. Small The Professional Education Group (PEG)
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