When the Council returns next week, we will take up some important topics ranging from budgeting to land use to our local economy. We have public hearings on a variety of issues scheduled nearly every week, and we want to know your views. For newcomers as well as seasoned veterans, here are a few tips to make the most of your testimony:
- Keep it simple. Put your request or main point at the beginning of your testimony. Use plain language and put technical points at the end.
- Keep it short. The Council adheres to the three-minute limit, so make sure your points come across in that time frame. You don't have to use the entire allotted time, though. Sometimes good things come in small packages.
- Bring 15 copies of your testimony with your name, contact information and main points clearly identified.
- Let your personality shine through. Levity or a personal anecdote can help you stand out in the crowd.
- Relax. Don't be afraid of the formal setting or the television cameras. Just be yourself.