The Savvy Witness's Guide to Preparing for a Video Deposition

Facing a video deposition can be nerve wracking, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Before you face the video conferencing screen, the court reporters, and the attorneys, take some time to prepare, so you can answer questions with confidence and get through the deposition as quickly as possible. When you have a video conference deposition in Palo Alto, California scheduled, get ready with these tips.

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Get Advice from the Pros

Review in full what to expect at the deposition with the attorney who is representing you. He or she can give important advice about how to answer questions and how to deal with any disputes that may arise, as well as helpful information about what to expect. There is a good chance the attorney will want to closely review your testimony with you before the deposition. Take advantage of this time to get comfortable with your testimony, so you can answer questions with ease.

Dress Appropriately

For a video deposition, you should choose professional dress, as though you were going to court to testify. Keep in mind that you will be on camera, so consider wearing clothing in colors that are easy to pick up on camera. Generally, light, solid colors and clothing without patterns work best on camera. Don't wear anything uncomfortable. You should look at ease while giving your testimony rather than awkward and fidgety because your clothing is not comfortable.

Be Direct

When you are being questioned, answer exactly what is being asked as simply as possible. Avoid adding extra details that could open up additional avenues of questioning. Keep a neutral expression, even if the line of questioning frustrates you. You will be wearing a mic, so resist the urge to mutter under your breath, as it will be recorded. Keep a calm and neutral tone of voice, and try to avoid long pauses, which can make your answers seem evasive. Speak clearly, so that the transcript and recording reflect exactly what you are saying.

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