Remember the last time someone tried to intimate you? How about when a person (for example, that careless tailgater or the drunk in the same beer line as you) may think they can make a person do something or react in some way? Exceed the posted speed limit ~ NOPE! Pay attention to public intoxication ~ NOT INTERESTED! Say something to the drunk, NO WAY!
Go ahead be one, I don’t care!
During direct and cross examination in the past, I received a pretty mean facial expression/glaring eyes/stare down/stern voice/condescending attitude and a critical tone to the long litany of questions arising from the mouth of an attorney on a workers’ compensation court case. I knew this attorney was trying hard to intimidate me. HA, HA!
But, I answered all questions calmly. P.S. ~ I love it when the attorney can’t even remember what was asked and has to refer to the court reporter! I stuck to my guns (aka: my knowledge base) during my testimony, and talked about what I knew about.
I’ve never been intimidated much by people (places, things or even animals either for that matter). Okay, okay, I am intimidated by Mother Nature, especially when she zooms a mesocyclone or other tornado-like activity my way (I’ll never forget the evergreen tree in my front yard crash down during a mesocyclone just as I was peeling away in our minivan to get my two youngest children who were about 1/2 mile away at a park for a daycamp). She is a force to be feared, and treated with utmost respect!
I have always been able to speak my mind (ask anyone who knows me) and yes it’s gotten me in a pickle or two from time to time (just like my dad!). I try to express what’s on my mind being mindful of who I’m communicating with, the content of my speech/body language, and the context of how/when my message is delivered. In other words, I’m not the type of person who “blows up” or “blabs”.
When on the witness stand, my role is to explain what I did on a case so the judge understands; and ultimately educate the jury on why it was important. I accept confidence with the work I do. My role allows me to serve as an expert witness & educator all while consulting within the scope of my practice. I keep a placement, rehabilitation, and quality of life orientation at the forefront of any topic.
Every day, I learn more about how to help others. On August 15, 2017 I began my studies at The George Washington University to study for a graduate certificate in Forensics Rehabilitation Counseling. I graduated one year later. And I’m here to this day to help you help your client. Thank you for reading!
My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.