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You Will Need
- Conservative appearance
- Calm emotions
- Strategic pauses
Make a good impression
Dress conservatively, with a minimum of jewelry and accessories. Tone down your hairstyle and makeup when you give testimony. Despite our resistance to the idea, appearances sway opinions.
Answer truthfully, listen closely
Tell the truth, but only answer the questions that are asked. Don't elaborate unless you're asked to do so. Listen closely and be sure you understand the question; don't rush to answer. Request a rephrasing of the question if you're confused.
Avoid looking at your attorney
Maintain eye contact with the attorney addressing you and don't appeal to or look at your own attorney or anyone else in the courtroom, which can give the impression that you doubt your account of the facts.
Stick to the facts
Stick to the facts as you know them, rather than offering a guess, which can reflect on your story and eventually destroy your credibility.
Use clear body language
Maintain an even emotional keel. Sit up, and be attentive, direct, and strong. Be relaxed enough to avoid showing aggravation.