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After I wrote that, I realized that “how not to ask for repetitions” could be taken two ways, so I’d like to address both of them.
Part I: How Not to Need Repetitions.
1. Practice your active listening skills.
2. Train yourself to understand different accents (in both your working languages).
3. Buy sound-enhancing equipment for yourself, so you can hear better.
4. Understand the law, case law, and court processes so you can make a good educated guess at something you aren’t sure if you heard or not. (For example, memorizing possible sentences associated with certain crimes.)
5. Learn to talk faster. I suggest tongue twisters and shadowing the news.
6. Work on the Stare of Death you can give the chatterbox who’s standing behind you (not a party to the case).
7. Practice gestures and body language that will help you control the flow of witness testimony so you don’t forget long segments …
8. … but also strengthen your short-term memory and note-taking skills so you can remember longer segments.