Be picturesque

 Posted By: je froilan m. clerigo
25-Jan-2008

 Before language was invented, psychologists say that humans think in and relay thoughts by pictures. We simply remember better when we see pictures and not just hear words; in fact, going further, educators say that learning about something (such as remembering a testimony in court) will be much faster when the learner (such as the judge) is made to use more of his senses during the process, such as sight, smell or touch, rather than just making him use his sense of hearing.

Have you watched and listened to a witness during a trial and not seem to understand the testimony because you cannot "see" the scene being described? Aside from losing the message, the testimony is also so boring that you wonder whether there is a rule somewhere that examinations should as much as possible put the judge to sleep.

If you are examining an eye-witness to a vehicular mishap for instance, and you're prosecuting, you'd want to convey recklessness, overspeeding, and irresponsibility on the road. You'll not use questions like, "What happened? (Answer: the car hit a pedestrian); What happened to the pedestrian? (Answer: he fell); What did you do? (Answer: Nothing); and then, what happened after that?"

You'd want to use questions that picture fast-paced action: How fast was the car? Was it blowing its horn? Describe the sound of the horn. What was your reaction when you heard the horn? Why did the horn catch your attention? Was the traffic slow or fast? Short, crisp and cadence-like questions, designed to be answered in equally short and crisp responses will be effective in conveying this scene.

The more you use words that "picture", the more the examination becomes interesting, the more it will become understandble, and more important, the more it will become memorable to the judge. And, all these is good for your case.