Tips for Giving Public Testimony

Giving testimony is a powerful way to influence policies that affect our children. It allows public officials to listen to concerns they may not be aware of directly from the community. Most public officials appreciate and welcome the insights of parents and the community on issues that are important. The most effective testimony is typically 2-3 minutes and easily understandable by a wide range of people. A clear and concise message that successfully addresses a problem is more likely to be listened to than a long lecture on the inadequacies of the community.