Video Witness Preparation

I have an announcement.

In three months you will have to go into a boxing ring for three rounds with Mike Tyson, or another of the heavy weight contenders who are professional boxers, professional fighters, almost professional killers. You can’t get out of it. You can’t use any weapons other than your body. If you lose the fight you will lose either large sums of money or perhaps your freedom, maybe lose your job, or your family. The losses could be huge.

What would preparation for that fight look like?

It should look like good witness preparation.

Witness preparation for either deposition, trial, arbitration, even mediation should probably look more like what preparation for the fight would look like than it should be different.

Training and Practice under interrogation are necessary to properly prepare a witness.  It’s not a natural act.

New patterns of communication as well as new reactions need to be learned by your witness. They need new attitudes and philosophies.

Most witnesses benefit from a full day of witness preparation.

Some need more.

  • A simulation format is used with the attorney and trial consultant working as a team
  • Video supplies invaluable feedback
  • Both content and style of presentation is addressed.
  • What is your client’s truth and how is it best communicated?
  • How can your witness have their best impact in terms of believability, credibility, trustworthiness, truthfulness?
  • How do they handle the anger, the anxiety, the fear, the frustration?

The Witness Preparation Process is a very effective way for the attorney to prepare for deposition, trial, arbitration, etc. It acts as a miniature mock trial. The attorney benefits as well as the witness.

Performing well under interrogation requires special skills and understandings. Whether your client is a housewife, a brain surgeon, a carpenter, an engineer, a truck driver, or a CEO they will need to learn new patterns to survive and succeed at interrogation.

Dr. Illig is skilled at working with a wide variety of clients. From very professional persons to simple every day people.

Both defendants and plaintiffs need effective witness preparation. Just because you’re seriously injured doesn’t make you a good witness, a good communicator. Just being a skilled brain surgeon or rocket scientist doesn’t make you skilled at being interrogated by a professional assassin.


Clients who come off angry, resentful, frustrated, depressed, reluctant, scared, arrogant, disinterested, confused, unsure, uncertain, unaffected, and so on, CAN CHANGE and usually do after working with Dr. Illig. It is surprising how much the IMPACT of a witness ON THE JURY can change.   Dr. Illig changes the IMPACT of your witnesses for the better.


You will gain an edge over your opponents because even the average good attorney doesn’t prepare her/his witnesses like he would the fighter.

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