It is important to be experienced in the courtroom, and I have handled hundreds of Social Security disability hearings. The key is to allow the client to tell his or her story so that the truth of their disability comes through. Experience has taught me what to say and when to say it.
When the judge questions the claimant, I write down the areas the judge has covered and areas I need to follow up on so that I emphasize the points I want. And I do so without being redundant and wasting the judge's time.