Judge Judy is one of my favorite television shows because it provides an inside view of what happens in a courtroom. Although I hope I do not have the experience of suing another individual or being sued, watching the program has taught me lessons that are useful beyond a court of law.
When Judge Judy questions the parties in each case, she is seeking to determine exactly what happened and wants to find evidence to support each side. The party who wins the case is usually better organized and can provide documents proving his position. Thus, Judge Judy has taught me the value of saving paperwork and carefully filing it. I know that is extremely important to keep careful records and be able to locate information when I need it.
Tell the Truth
Credibility can make the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit. Judge Judy usually does not rule in favor of a party who answers her questions inconsistently. However, getting caught in a lie can affect the way others perceive me. Thus, I try to provide honest answers even if they are not always the answers I want to share.
Judges expects individuals to dress appropriately and show respect for others. In life outside a courtroom, I find that I can frequently obtain better service when I am well dressed and polite. Judge Judy often scolds a party when he speaks out of turn or is not respectful.
Look People in the Eye
I have to admit that I occasionally look downward when I am talking to others. Sometimes this happens if I am uncomfortable with the subject matter. More than once, I have heard Judge Judy tell a claimant, defendant, or witness to look at her when he is speaking. I believe that people pay more attention to what I say when I look at them when I am speaking. Furthermore, I am able to assess their response to the conversation, and this helps me become more persuasive.
Stick to the Point
There have been countless times when I have heard Judge Judy scold a defendant or plaintiff because he is not answering her question. I tend to ramble, so I think this is one of the most difficult lessons to follow. Nevertheless, I try to get in the habit of mentally thinking about a person’s question before I give him an answer. This helps me stay focused, so I keep the person’s interest and appear attentive to the conversation.
The lessons I have learned from watching Judge Judy have enhanced my life personally and professionally. I find others value my opinions, seek my advice, and accept my apologies when I honestly own up to mistakes.