|General format for witness
witness might have a mile long resume, but is he credible?
Your client might be a great guy, but will the jurors think
so? Your friendly witness seems confident now, but how
will she hold up under cross-examination?
|The Synchronics Group Trial
Consultants can answer these questions for you. We work with
both friendly and expert witnesses to prepare them for their
courtroom testimony, using videotape feedback as the educational
Because of our focus on
courtroom communications, we bring a special expertise
to preparing witnesses. Specifically, we critique witnesses
in terms of how effective they communicate both the verbal
and nonverbal message. The end result is an analysis of
each witnesses’ communication style and an evaluation
of how credible the jurors will perceive them.
|In terms of the verbal critique,
we help friendly witnesses reframe issues so that they are
less vulnerable to attack by opposing counsel. And we help
expert witnesses translate their message into language that
ordinary jurors can understand.
In terms of the nonverbal
critique, we analyze witnesses in terms of their paralinguistic
and nonverbal communication styles, and offer concrete
suggestions and techniques to increase their effectiveness.
|In general, our goal is to
help all witnesses address the relevant points clearly and
concisely, stay off the defensive and project a professional
and authoritative demeanor.
|Benefits of witness preparation
|When we work with witnesses,
counsel can be sure that:
- Those witnesses will communicate
their message clearly and concisely to the jurors
will communicate their message with self-confidence and
- Those witnesses will perform well under cross-examination
will minimize the time he/she spends preparing witnesses,
and at the same time, maximize the persuasiveness of
- Those witnesses will advance counsel’s
case presentation and trial strategy