BE BRIEF. Three minutes is all you have. Organize your
thoughts; make sure you focus on your most important points. If
your testimony is longer than three minutes, hit the highlights
and leave the full written statement with Councilmembers.
BE UNIQUE. Tell how this issue affects you, your family, your
business or your neighborhood. The more personal, the better.
BE RESPECTFUL. Remember that people of good will can
disagree with your perspective. Disagree without being
disagreeable. Personal attacks on other speakers or on
Councilmembers themselves tend to backfire.
BRING WRITTEN COPIES. If you have written testimony,
please bring 15 copies to share with Councilmembers and
enough extra copies for any news media who are there. Give
the 15 copies to the Hearing Clerk at the end of the dais before
the hearing starts.
FOCUS ON THE ISSUE AT HAND. Remember, three minutes
is all you have. The subject of the hearing may be related to a
lot of other issues, but Councilmembers want to hear about the
issue before them right now.
RELAX. Not everyone is used to speaking in public. Be natural. Donít be nervous. We want to hear what you want to say.