From the Nicodemo & Wilson Bulls-Eye Blog, "Why Preparing Clients For Deposition Is Like Making Pancakes"--
[I]n the process of our drill seargant/paranoid recitation of all these "rules," we can inadvertantly turn our clients into robots at their deposition. We've wrung all the humor and charm right out of them. They come off flat, worried, walking on eggshells for fear of making one of those dreaded "mistakes" we warned them about over and over. And, occasionally, we have the audacity to wonder why our clients' pre- deposition charm and endearing qualities did not come through at their deposition.
For more, plus the complete pancake comparison, read the full post.