Podcast - Listen for the Song in Your Witness' Head
He warns that lawyers and witnesses walk into the preparation room with dramatically different perspectives. A witness’ perspective may come from movies and friends while a lawyer’s perspective may come from bosses, documents and other lawyers. You are both trying to understand what each other are saying without knowing what each other are thinking. It’s extremely difficult to bridge this disconnect without acknowledging the possible misconceptions coming from both sides.
There never seems to be enough time to focus on something as vague as perspective. You know what you think and what you want from the other person but it’s too easy to assume that the other person shares that same perspective when they actually don’t. Take the time to learn and understand your witness’ perspective in order to effectively prepare them.
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