The 411

Decmeber 5, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CEC Training Facility
1900 Merivale Road, Suite 206
Ottawa, ON K2G 4N4

$395 (+hst)
Discounts available.

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Meet the Instructor

Don Smith

Don Smith

Don Smith is a CEC Associate and a former Government of Canada communications executive. He worked in a number of departments, including the Privy Council Office, providing advice and support to ministers’ offices and senior public service executives.

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PREPARING TO APPEAR BEFORE A PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

NOTE: This workshop is intended for individuals appearing as witnesses before a Parliamentary Committee, those attending as observers, and staff who will provide on-site support to the witnesses and observers. While it would benefit potential witnesses and their support teams any time, we find this training is most beneficial when taken two-to-three weeks before appearing as a witness. This allows us to customize the workshop to address the realities of the committee you will appear before and the subject matter on which you will give testimony.

Due to its nature, this workshop is limited to 8 participants/workshop.


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

Appearing as a witness before a Parliamentary Committee is a unique challenge, and one that requires careful preparation, particularly if it’s your first time.

This workshop will:

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

WHAT WILL YOU TAKE AWAY?

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Engagement: Working effectively with colleagues, partners and organizations.

Agenda
8:45 - 9:00

Introductions and Workshop Overview

9:00 - 10:30

Parliamentary Committee System and Where You Fit

Overview of committee work; Committee procedure and powers; Responsibilities of public servants in relation to Parliamentary Committees; Roles of witnesses, observers, support staff and attendees; What to expect and how to prepare for it.

10:30 - 10:45

HEALTH BREAK

10:45 - 11:30

Getting Ready for Your Appearance

Analysis of Committee’s work to date; Pre-appearance coordination with the Committee clerk; Know your venue: Committee room configuration; Know your audience; Using plain language your audience understands; Planning your delivery – tone, pace and volume considerations; Dealing with questions; comportment, appearance and non-verbal communication techniques.

11:30 - 12:00

The Appearance

Your opening remarks; Techniques, tips and Do’s and Don’ts

12:00 - 12:30

Questions & Answers, Workshop Evaluation