In this two-and-a-half-hour program, five experienced trial lawyers share their skills in preparing witnesses. As they explain techniques and methods to use to effectively prepare witnesses, their discussion is illustrated by fourteen short, dramatized vignettes showing excerpts from preparation sessions and deposition and trial testimony.
Part I - Techniques That Work (Disposition, Demeanor and Documents) runs 57 minutes and focuses on general witness preparation techniques.
Part II - Tricks of the Trade (Perception, Pauses and Precision) runs 46 minutes and addresses how to prepare your witness for the questioning "tricks" of opposing counsel.
Part III - Traps for The Unwary (Hearsay, Heresy and Hand-raising) runs 48 minutes and examines ways to improve the manner and method in which the witness responds to questions of various types.
Part IV - Bonus: Selected Vignettes runs 7 minutes and consists of selected vignettes from the program, without discussion; it can be used to illustrate issues when preparing witnesses or as part of an in-house discussion on witness preparation techniques.
This package includes a study guide.