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How to Give a Good Deposition and Testify Well in Court

Noelle C. Nelson  |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noelle C. Nelson
  • Writers: Ph.D. Noelle C. Nelson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: MindLab Publishing
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELJ3EE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Giving a deposition or testifying at a trial can be a really painful and costly experience if you aren’t well prepared. "How To Give A Good Deposition And Testify Well In Court" is a practical, must-have DVD for preparing quickly and effectively for deposition and trial. It will give you the skills you need to be successful whether giving a deposition or testifying in court. Utilizing proven psychological and effective communication techniques, "How To Give A Good Deposition And Testify Well In Court" teaches you step-by-step easy to follow techniques with live demonstrations showing you how to apply them, so you can prepare yourself to win.

Dr. Nelson uses 3 different case examples all involving real people to show you how to:
- Answer questions so you come out on top every time
- Get your story across clearly and persusasively
- Look and sound appropriate and convincing
- Be confident and do well even when you get nervous, angry or upset.

Acclaimed author and respected legal trial consultant, psychologist Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D., has helped attorneys and their clients at the nation's top law firms to win cases and maximize jury awards.


"A valuable addition to the growing body of layman legal video programming…" -- Video Rating Guide for Libraries ****

"After watching … nervous plaintiffs will know how to dress, speak and emote … testimonies are both organized and dramatic." -- Wilson Library Bulletin

"It's all sensible advice, sensibly delivered." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Nelson's tips would be useful for anyone facing a court appearance." -- Booklist

"This is a very good 45-minute [DVD] designed to help prepare clients or witnesses for testimony or depositions." -- Legal Information Alert

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful! October 6, 2007
By R Bond
I highly recommend this DVD to anyone having to face a deposition or courtroom appearance. I had to give a deposition for my employer. All the company attorney did to prepare me was say "Be there on time"! Big help that was . . . I immediately scoured the Web and Amazon for help - and this DVD is by far the best help available. It tells you pretty much everything on how to dress, how to handle yourself, how to speak and organize what you have to say so it comes out the way you want it to, even when you're being pushed by the opposing attorney. The tip sheet that's in with the DVD is also good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Winner! I highly recommend this book... February 27, 2008
I got this DVD because it was recommended by my attorney. It really
saved me from making a total fool of myself on the stand during cross-
examination. I was surprised to read the reviewer who said the DVD was
about lying - I completely disagree. This DVD is all about helping
you get your truth across in a way other people can understand
clearly. It has nothing to do with deception. It's about keeping your
thoughts straight and being able to tell your story without letting a
whole bunch of emotion cloud the issues. A real winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Nelson Hits Another Winner Over the Fence March 6, 2008
Mr. Bernhard's critical review is off the mark; makes one wonder about his experience level. As a trial lawyer in my 37th year of busy practice in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I can illustrate Dr. Nelson's results for me-- 1972-1992: 26 trials, half were losses, I never even knew what I was doing wrong; 1993-2008: 68 trials, zero losses, Dr. Nelson taught me what the Bar programs did not-- how to use my witnesses effectively and how to maximize my presentation and boost my clients' effect on juries. My defense firm, 5 trial lawyers, shows this DVD to every client and each witness we present at trial-- even our expert witnesses, who have testified at hundreds of trials. Dr. Nelson's DVD is one of our best secret weapons. This works!! Our clients/witnesses win our trials for us! This is the best witness training to come along. There's nothing improper or unethical about teaching a witness to be a more compelling and understandable participant at trial. You don't win at deposition, but a bad or poor deposition will cause you to lose a trial. That won't happen if you follow Dr. Nelson's advice on this powerful DVD. It has made a big difference for my firm and for our clients. Seeing is believing-- our results are the proof of Dr. Nelson's excellent guidance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide to good testimony November 1, 2007
By Dizzier
If you want to do great in a deposition situation or courtroom appearance, this DVD is a terrific help. It shows real people "before" and "after" - what they were doing wrong, and what it looks and sounds like when they are testifying correctly. It covers a lot of important things like how to organize your thoughts so you come across credibly and convincingly, body language, and so on. I found this DVD to be practical and easy to use, both in a civil lawsuit I was involved in, and when I had to testify on behalf of my work. Well worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information, very helpful May 9, 2012
My attorney recommended this DVD to me when I had to testify, first in deposition and then in Court for the first time and it really helped. Believe me, testifying is way different from how it looks on TV, or even how it looks if you've ever been a juror. Anyway, this DVD gives you hands on practical information on how to look and act, what to say and how to say it, so I could actually do my best and not be a nervous wreck. I highly recommended this DVD for anyone who has to appear in Court. It made a big difference for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic information August 4, 2011
By Jack
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The CD helps you build a story grid to gather your thoughts about what you are going to say when being deposed. It isn't meant to prepare you to provide expert testimony in court. I would recommend the CD if you have never been deposed or sat in the witness box being cross-examined in court. Or you could just believe all the 1 star ratings and ramble on about everything irrelevant and damage your case.
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