Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony

(2 days)

Federal officials must, on occasion, provide testimony before congressional committees. In order to be most effective in representing agency programs, testimony needs to be prepared and delivered with a clear understanding of the complexities of the congressional hearing process.

This workshop is intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of congressional hearings, and to equip individuals to prepare and/or deliver testimony.

It is designed for those who may prepare or assist in preparing testimony, as well as for those who may be asked to deliver testimony before Congress.

This two-day course includes:

  • A detailed explanation of all types of congressional hearings
  • A workshop on preparing and delivering congressional testimony
  • Hands-on experience in testifying before a simulated hearing on Capitol Hill
  • Playback and debrief of selected moments from each participant’s individual testimony┬áduring the simulated hearing

Current and former committee staff will be invited to offer their views of the hearing process, the types and purposes of hearings, and to explain what to expect from hearings.

In addition, on the first day of the workshop, participants will engage in an interactive group exercise during which GAI experts in preparing and delivering testimony will offer explanations on how to better craft compelling written testimony by following our time-honored formula. Participants will also receive a lecture on tips of how best to deliver the written testimony.

Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony culminates with a very realistic simulated hearing, held in an actual committee hearing room on Capitol Hill. The simulation is professionally videotaped and reviewed with participants.

Target Audience:

Individuals who prepare or assist in the preparation of congressional testimony, those who may be asked to deliver testimony before Congress, as well as others who may have a need for a detailed understanding of the congressional committee hearing process.

Meets Executive Core Qualification 5.



June 7 – 8, 2018

October 25 – 26, 2018



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