The Software Engineer
Bob was a software engineer and expert witness in a complicated patent case. He had never testified in court. His testimony was going to be very technical and boring. He was a university professor who taught mostly graduate courses, and he spoke in the heavy jargon of his specialty. We didn't have enough time to re-wire his language habits. Demonstrative exhibits were not going to help much. Our goal was limited. We wanted the jury to like him better than the other party's software expert. During his trial preparation we asked him what got him interested in the software field. He told a charming story about a girl in high school. We asked him the same question early in his direct examination. The jury clearly loved the story. It also helped Bob get through his initial nervousness.