March 05, 2013 Articles

Effective Communication in Expert Testimony

A trial consultant explains how to coach expert witnesses in communicating with jurors

By Denise Montiel

In mathematics, an X factor is an unknown but vital quantity that becomes known only after a prescribed process is followed. In the world of expert testimony, this indefinable quality is effective communication. Your expert knows her stuff—but can she communicate that information effectively in ways that a layperson can understand, absorb, and remember? This article provides guidelines for turning an expert’s data, analysis, and conclusions into a concise but effective presentation in any area of expertise.

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