August 31, 2017

5 Useful Testimony Tips for Beginners

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: court reporter

Testimony tips for witness

If you have never had to testify at a deposition or in a trial setting, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Your attorney will help guide you through the process and work with you on the best way to present yourself while you are on the stand.

The following five testimony tips are great for beginners and will put you at ease so you can perform your duty with confidence:

Always Make A Good Impression
Even though you are under stress, be as composed as possible. The key to being a credible witness is to make a good first impression. Being well dressed is essential and will give you self-confidence.

Plan Ahead and Be Well Prepared
Being prepared is extremely important. It will reduce your stress and allow you to answer each question fully and to the best of your ability. Practice giving your testimony with your attorney.

Make Sure You Understand What Is Being Asked
Don’t answer a question if you aren’t sure of what’s being asked. Make sure you fully understand the question. It’s better to have the question repeated than to provide an inaccurate answer.

Be As Accurate and Honest As Possible
Always be as accurate and honest as possible. If you don’t know the answer to the question, put it on record that you don’t know. Your answers should be as accurate and concise as possible.

Don’t Rush Through Your Testimony
Take your time when you answer each question. This allows the court reporter to keep a steady pace. Speaking too fast will make it harder for the court reporter to understand what you are saying.
Practicing these tips with your attorney will help you to remain composed and fully prepared to give your testimony. They will also help you to remain calm and collected during the questioning.

One response to “5 Useful Testimony Tips for Beginners”

  1. I appreciate you taking the time to mention the importance of understanding exactly what the question is. Just as you said, do not answer the question if you do not understand completely what they are asking you and ask them to repeat the question to you. With that being said, my daughter is looking to become a business litigation lawyer and I think that she could really benefit from this information. Thanks again!

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