Podcast: Bridging the Gap
One of the main differences in these two types of communication is the role questions play in each environment. Questions in a conversation are not really questions, but instead are prompts to move the conversation in a general direction and keep it flowing. Questions in a witness environment are really questions. Each word is important and every assumption and misunderstanding is an integral part.
Understanding the gap between ‘conversational prompts’ and ‘precise inquiries’ is essential when preparing to be a witness. The gap raises a very real challenge to counsel -- how to help a witness understand the differences between these two types of communication.
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