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Five Public Hearing Tips

1. Present a clear plan

  • State what it will accomplish
  • State how it will be accomplished

2. Know your side well

  • Know your strongest arguments
  • Know your weaknesses

3. Know the other sides well

  • Know their strongest arguments
  • Know their weaknesses

4. Address panel's likely criteria

  • Write down the panel's likely criteria.
  • For each one, point out the criterion and state how your plan best meets the criterion.

5. Be persuasive

  • Speak to the panel members
  • Use visual aids
  • Sound informed
  • Be enthusiastic