Thanks to Mary Hall for pointing to Litigation Insights. I have linked to their “newsletters.”
I have frequently commented on a number of issue relevant to members and how they should be treated, perceived, and educated, and how they may be influenced by non-verbal cues. As some know I have some rules of engagement for clients and witnesses. But here are links to some additional and more detailed ideas on witness preparation (including the client).
Merrie Jo Pitera, Part I, Characteristics for Improving the Credibility of Your Witness: Undesirable Verbal Witness Characteristics.
Merrie Jo Pitera, Part II, Characteristics for Improving the Credibility of Your Witness: Undesirable Non-Verbal Witness Characteristics.
Merrie Jo Pitera, Part III, Characteristics for Improving the Credibility of Your Witness: Positive Witness Characteristic.
For another view try: Making Better Witnesses – The Loft Model, National Legal Research Group, Inc.
Listen, observe, feedback, teach.
"Listening" may be the most underrated and most difficult skill in witness preparation.
No – not, “may,” it is –it is something I find most frequently lacking in the handling of witnesses (and clients).
Other websites I visit on these issues include, The Jury Expert, the American Judicature Society also has some interesting items from time to time.