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Preparing witnesses can be extremely frustrating

Under the stress of litigation will your witness do well or melt down?

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High-Stakes Communication

It’s straight-forward.  Our passion is helping your witnesses communicate with influence and impact.  

Helping resolve emotional and behavioral issues.  Helping them think clearly and answer articulately.

Giving them new skills to testify with confidence.  

Diagnosing Witnesses

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Your toughest witnesses are our speciality.  We understand emotional plaintiffs, abrasive pro athletes, defensive professionals, unpredictable blue collar workers, distraught family members.

These outward behaviors are just symptoms, driven by deeper problems.

We have proven practices to meticulously diagnose and resolve them.

             We weren’t trained to do this.  Even if we prep for days, we still worry.  Will they do the right thing, will they be confident when the pressure is on?

Steven B. Stein

Brady Law Group

San Francisco, CA                                     

We know that impactful testimony is the result of insightful training. First, breaking down the old habits that aren’t working.  Then, replacing them with new behaviors, new thinking patterns, and new ways of communicating that exude confidence.  

We tailor our training to each individual. Then apply our unique, proven practices with diligence and compassion.

       Our client was not someone you wanted to be around. After Deborah worked with her, she was almost transformed into a different person for the jury.

Tom Nolasco

Dickinson Wright

Phoenix, AZ

Radix Law

Phoenix, AZ              

Training Witnesses

Empowering Witnesses

Confidence is a skill that can be taught.  

A witness who is scared, angry, confused, worried or defensive can become

unflappable at deposition, trial or hearings. The jury will see your witness confidently deliver testimony in a calm, clear and composed manner.  

         Often in cases the challenging part is that even if what the witness says is logical or believable, people won’t listen to them because of the way they are saying what they are saying.  Deborah comes into a case and takes a witness like that and turns them around.

Angela Hallier

Hallier and Lawrence

Phoenix, AZ


Deborah was the most valued member of our legal team – I wouldn’t go to trial without her from the get-go.  I relied on her expertise to manage our witnesses and help them maximize their contribution.  Deborah’s advice was candid, critically important and welcome.  

Catherine Chow

Director of Legal Services

THE KEG Canada Ltd.

Deborah Johnson is an expert in human communication.  She consults with attorneys in high-stakes civil, criminal, and family law litigation where witness impressions and confident factual delivery is required for an excellent result.  Deborah’s Masters’ Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Television Production, combined with extensive witness preparation experience, gives her a unique ability to prepare witnesses to confidently deliver testimony at deposition or trial.

Deborah is a six-time EMMY Award-winning writer and producer. She is a rarity in the world of high-stakes communications.  Eight years of partnering with Gallup to create TV audience research further honed her skills at understanding the subtleties of audience likes and dislikes – which translates to jury likes and dislikes.

This combination of skills and experiences perfectly positions her to provide powerful coaching and training to effectively handle high-stakes situations. Her one-on-one, down-to-earth approach teaches the skills witnesses, attorneys and professionals need to become confident, resilient communicators in stressful situations.

During her 20-year career in affiliate TV she worked for top-rated network stations in San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, and Cincinnati. Over the span of her career, she has worked extensively with national and international media including the BBC, NPR, and the New York Times. She has appeared on KPHO CBS 5 in Phoenix as a trial consultant during the highly publicized Jodi Arias murder trial.  Deborah speaks internationally on the topic of improving personal communication in high-stakes situations to build better relationships and achieve better results.  

I’ve made it my mission to help people communicate with impact in a tough environment.  To learn to thrive in a world that is not always open and welcoming.  

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