Market Research!

It’s funny how ideas come at the strangest moments, isn’t it? I met up with a good friend and colleague last week but for various reasons we hadn’t actually seen each other properly for some time. We settled ourselves for a good long discussion about work, life, the universe and anything else that cropped up.

We go back a long way. Debbie and I were child care social workers many moons ago and both of us are now self employed, albeit in differing roles. Debbie reminded me of something I had said to her when she had an important court appearance which was creating huge amounts of stress for her, as child care proceedings always do. I said to her-

Just remember that every member of the bench was sitting on the loo this morning and they are actually only humans.”

A Course is Born!

I had forgotten saying it but she hadn’t. And so we got to talking about our early experiences of appearing in court, being cross examined, and how our confidence had grown to the point where we were able to totally focus on the matter on the hand, and not on whether we’d fall out of the witness box (yes, I once did that!)

And suddenly the idea for a course to inspire confidence in court was born! There are plenty of courses which explain procedure, the make up of the court, practising cross examination etc (and very good most of them are too) but we are planning something different. Debbie still works in the legal system as an expert witness (among other things) and I coach and train people to be more confident and assertive (among other things)! A perfect combination!

Market Research

And so I need your help please! If you know any professionals who need to be confident in court, possibly those who don’t attend on a regular basis, could you please forward them this post and ask them to get in touch via my contact page. I will then email them a few questions, only a few, I promise!

And if you have any thoughts or suggestions please feel free to comment on this post.

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Posted on June 16th, 2010 by

2 Responses to “Market Research!”

  1. Yet again we think the same way … I remember telling junior members of staff not to be worried about speaking to the Directors of the company. The image I placed in their minds was exactly the same as yours – they had their pants around their ankles as they sat on the loo this morning too!!

    I think this is a great idea – court for the uninitiated is a daunting place, cross examination can feel very personal. The ability to speak clearly, confidently and succinctly is crucial.

    Best of luck, and if we can be of any assistance, give us a shout 🙂

    • Jane says:

      Thank you Jackie. Your offer of help is very kind! I’ll keep you posted on developments. Jane

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