In this assignment, you will present a summary of your written testimony condensed into a 5-minute oral presentation recorded using Kaltura or similar software. Your presentation should follow a professional testimony format.
Make sure you have reviewed Carr’s 2006 article “Hearings in the House of Representatives: A Guide for Preparation and Procedure,” from your studies in Unit 7.
Use the following to help structure your presentation:
Imagine you are seated at a table facing the legislators who are seated at desks above you.
You are allowed a 5-minute testimony. You must complete your presentation within this time limit.
Imagine that, on your table, there are three lights that function as follows:
Green light: begin your testimony.
Yellow light: you have one minute of time remaining.
Red light: your time has expired and you need to conclude your statement.
Your professional testimony should include the following:
Introductory remarks: Includes acknowledgement of committee chair and members, your credentials as the person preparing the testimony, and the organization you are representing.
Background: Brief statement regarding justification for the proposed policy.
Specific aspect of the issue: Summarize key points of desired outcomes from the proposed policy with cited references. Provide summary of current interventions for your specific issue and why additional action is needed.
Recommendations: Provide specific recommendations for the committee and those being implemented by the special interest group.
Concluding statement: One or two sentences summarizing why the committee should consider your proposed policy.
Closing: Thank the committee for the opportunity and note availability for additional discussion or questions.
Make sure to submit your PowerPoint and the recording of your oral testimony in the assignment area.
When presenting orally, use persuasive oral presentation techniques such as staying on topic, integrating your slides with your presentation, and staying within the time allotment.
Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
PowerPoint length: Approximately 3–5 slides (length should correspond with, and not exceed, content that would amount to five minutes of oral testimony)
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.