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  In our ongoing effort to maximize the effectiveness of a Zoom deposition, here are 2 more tips for your witnesses. 1. Be Your Own Cinematographer Zoom depositions are visual statements as well as verbal ones, but instead of having a competent videographer assisting to make sure everything looks right, you, the witness, must do that yourself. So make sure that what’s behind you when you sit in front of your computer, laptop or tablet…
  Your client is a rational, mature businessperson. You expect them to do well at their upcoming deposition. After all, they have plenty of real-world experience, and of course, you go over the facts of the case with them as well as some deposition basics. You are subsequently horrified when they waffle, or get angry, or are evasive, or volunteer or do any of the multitude of the other communication sins that constitute poor testimony.…
During these unusual times, most jury trials are out of the question, but depositions are still being taken, and witnesses therefore still need help to testify at their best. One of the keys to a successful deposition is a witness’ attitude. Help your witness by offering the following suggestions:  1. Tell the truth No matter how painful, scary, or awkward it may be, tell the truth. Your attorney can deal with anything, as long as…
You’re gearing up for trial, you hardly have the time or patience to deal with an angry witness. Yet there you are, in the unenviable position of having to prepare a witness who is angry for any number of reasons: – The witness is a client, angry that this matter couldn’t be settled or that it even is in litigation at all. – The witness is furious at being “required” to testify. – The witness…