Public Testimony

Public Testimony

With compelling stories we can demonstrate that we are doing a good job, highlight important accomplishments, show that we are making a positive difference in the lives of real people in Wisconsin, and justify a continued investment in tobacco control.

Recruiting Volunteers to Testify

  • Identify people who can attend - they don't need to be experts, just people with authentic stories who are able to speak from the heart.
  • Plan ahead. Give plenty of prep and lead time and recruit more than you need.

Elements of Effective Testimony

  • Make it brief. Speak for two minutes or less.
  • Focus on the one thing you want listeners to remember - using a story is the best way to be memorable and grab attention.
  • Story prompts can help you get started and stay on track.
  • Key messages from the program can support your story.
  • Put it in writing and use as a guide, but look them in the eyes and speak from the heart.
  • Putting together effective testimony is like making a sandwich with five key components.

Making the Most of Your Testimony

Give your testimony a shelf life beyond the hearing with these tactics.

  • Send a copy of your testimony to your local elected officials with a note about your submission.
  • If your elected official is on the committee you testified in front of, send a note thanking them for their attention and enclose a copy of your testimony.
  • Turn your testimony into a letter to the editor for your local newspaper and send a copy to your elected official.

Joint Committee on Finance Specific Resources

In combination with the resources above, here are a few documents specific to JFC.

Resources specific to working with FACT youth.