Tip Sheet Reveals Advice for Testifying on Capitol Hill

For immediate release                                  Contact:    Ed Barks
Monday, July 9, 2012                                                      (540) 955-0600


Being called to appear before a Congressional committee shines a make or break spotlight on organizations summoned to testify. Yet many businesses and associations struggle when preparing for this most crucial of all business meetings.

Barks Communications President Ed Barks just released a new resource offering recommendations on how to testify before Congress. The tip sheet is titled, “Nine No-nonsense Steps to Testifying on Capitol Hill.”

“An invitation to testify before Congress leads to more stress than severe turbulence at 30,000 feet,” Barks said. “Yet there are tried and true techniques that can help relieve that anxiety and help your organization achieve its public policy goals. Those basics are included in this new tip sheet.”

The concise one-page publication follows on the heels of Barks’ position paper “Testifying on Capitol Hill: The Five Minute Approach to Success.” That resource is available free of charge on the company’s Research page at www.barkscomm.com/research.asp.

“Nine No-nonsense Steps to Testifying on Capitol Hill” focuses on Barks’ specialty of strengthening performance at the witness table.     Among the suggestions included in the new tip sheet:

  • Perfect your oral statement during your practice sessions.
  • Insist that your communicators write your oral statement.
  • Stage a mock hearing workshop.
  • Never speak off the cuff at the witness table.
  • Leverage your testimony after your appearance.

“Nine No-nonsense Steps to Testifying on Capitol Hill” is available from Barks Communications by calling (540) 955-0600.

Ed Barks leads communications training workshops for executives who want to enhance their reputations, and for organizations that want to achieve their long-term business goals. The former radio broadcaster is the author of The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications since 1997, he has taught more than 4000 business leaders, association executives, government officials, athletes, entertainers, non-profit executives, and public relations staff how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and testify before government officials.