Many of us do not get a lot of time actually in trials, so it is really important to start practicing outside of trial, in order to be really good by the time you actually make it to trial. A good way to do this is to practice at home.
Me: Did you unload the dishwasher?
Kevin: I did some dishes.
Me: Let me ask that again, did you unload the dishwasher?
Kevin: The dishwasher wasn’t fully loaded yet, so I had to start it.
Me: Mr. Wells, that is a yes or no question, so all I need from you is a yes or no: Did you unload the dishwasher?
Me: Thank you.
You can do this at home too. Virtually any argument over chores can be turned into a cross-exam situation. It also works with people who come to work at your house, i.e. the termite guy.
Me: Did you spray in that corner already?
Termite guy: We don’t usually spray in that area.
Me: All I need is a yes or no answer, so we don’t keep these people here all day. Did you spray in that corner?
Termite guy: Noooo??
Me: Was that so hard?
So there you go! Work those cross-exam skills at home and you will be razor sharp for trial!
Disclaimer: This does not work on a two-year old.