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A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as an Expert Technical Witness by Rebecca Gurley Bace, Fred Chris Smith

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Chapter 12. Nonverbal Communications

Our focus so far in this book has been on the substance of an expert's testimony and his or her intent in delivering that testimony. As teachers, businesspeople, and others whose livelihoods depend on effective communication can attest, it's not only what you say but how you say it that matters. Nonverbal messages are an essential component of communication. If the technical details of your communications are the content of your testimony, you might be tempted to consider nonverbal communication as the context of that testimony. This can certainly be the case. However, for purposes of practicing the art of expert witness testimony, you must recognize that fact finders are likely to consider nonverbal communications ...

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