Essential Elements of Effective Congressional Testimony

There are several essential features common to effective congressional testimony. These elements include a well-prepared witness, a well-written statement and oral testimony that is delivered in a manner that is clear, concise and articulate. photo credit: LouisvilleUSACE When preparing to testify before Congress, what the committee expects from the witness should be kept in mind. … Read more

2010 Congressional Hearings Set New Lows in Witness Performance – Testifying Before Congress, Update October 7, 2010

Special note to readers of Testifying Before Congress and anyone searching for information about congressional hearings, witnesses and testimony: The following information is made available to you as part of the author’s promise to provide periodic updates, revisions and additions to the content of the book (see Appendix Thirteen, page 398, “Keep Up-to-Date”), and especially … Read more

The Purpose Behind Congressional Testimony

Each year hundreds of hearings are conducted on every topic imaginable by the United States Congress. Possible topics include regulation of business and industry, public policy, governmental operations, and much more. Although testifying at a hearing can be intimidating, hearings serve an important part of the congressional process; providing information to Congress for carrying out … Read more

Mark Twain on Copyright

Section 3.52, Remarks of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Before the Congressional Joint Committee on Patents, December, 1906 From “Testifying Before Congress,” by William N. LaForge Copyright Hearings, December 7 to 11, 1906 Arguments Before The Committees On Patents of the Senate and House of Representatives, Conjointly, On The Bills S. 6330 and H.R. 19853. To Amend … Read more