Witness Tips – Confidence, Distraction
Pointers for the Witnesses
TELL THE TRUTH WITH CONFIDENCE. Want people to believe what you say? There are a couple ways you can tell the truth. One is in a low voice, in a hesitant manner, making the jury doubt you’re telling facts. The other is in a confident positive manner, which tells that jury to have faith in what you’re saying. Talk with energy!
DONâT BE DISTRACTED BY THE PAPERS PUT DOWN IN FRONT OF YOU.
Remember what you have seen on television newscasts. Newscasters communicate information without looking down at papers. If you’re looking down, then that jury is going to lose eye contact, and it is harder to pay attention to what you’re saying.
Never look at those papers if the attorney asks you questions. Be sure that you listen to that question! You can’t pay attention to questions if you’re looking at the papers. Some lawyers try and trick you to not listening by putting papers in front of you, hoping you will pay more attention to them than to the words of the question they’re asking.
LOOK AT PAPERS IF YOU WANT TO BE RIGHT BEFORE ANSWERING.
Look at records to be sure what you are saying. Don’t look at photos and then talk at the same time.
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