One of the tasks for your injury lawyer during the preparation of your personal injury case is to coach you on how to be a good witness while on the stand. How you act on the stand during your testimony will set the tone for the entire trial and influence how the jury ultimately rules in your case. Making a good impression on the jury is a fundamental part of the trial.
Your body language while on the stand plays a major role in how the jury perceives you as a witness. Your injury lawyer will coach you on this in order to help your case. Proper body language includes:
- Maintaining good eye contact with the jury
- Facing the jury
- Avoiding constant eye contact with your lawyer
- Sitting comfortably while on the stand
- Acting as normal as possible, without looking rehearsed
- Staying clam and cool
- Speech Guidelines
The words you use to testify at trial also affect how the jury perceives you. What you say and the way you speak are both very important aspects in a successful testimony. Your injury lawyer will want you to consider the following in preparing for your testimony:
- Speak clearly
- Speak slowly
- Do not use head gestures such as shaking your head instead of stating yes or no
- Speak the truth
- Admit the truth
- Do not lie
- Listen to the complete question before you answer
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Preparing to be a good witness is not an easy task. It is normal for most individuals to be very nervous about taking the stand, especially when testifying in their own cases. However, there are many ways to prepare for this important task. With the help of your lawyer, you can be confident that you will give the best testimony possible to advance your case.
For more information about how to prepare to be a good witness, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced injury lawyer David Kashani, please call the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC at (323) 782-9605.