Parliamentary Committee Appearances

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For many people, appearing before a Parliamentary Committee is a simple exercise in answering questions by providing data and information points. For others, it is an opportunity to engage decision-makers and other key audiences around ideas and actions. It is a chance for the organization appearing before the committee to communicate the meaning of the data and build trust and support with those individuals and groups whose support they need if they are to succeed in their mission. This course focuses on the latter approach.

Our Parliamentary Committee Appearances Workshop will help the person appearing, as well as those who support them, to build trust and support with parliamentarians, and to further connect with the public service, the news media, stakeholders and the public.


The session is based on our definition of an effective appearance before a parliamentary committee:

  1. To reach clear objectives,
  2. you build ideas with your audience,
  3. using great content and authentic delivery.

The course explores each of these concepts in order.


Throughout the session, each participant engages in practice exercises that are video-recorded, reviewed and constructively critiqued. These exercises are supplemented by instruction and relevant examples of good appearances and bad, presented on video and discussed by the class.

The content typically encompasses:

  • The definition of an effective appearance before a parliamentary committee
  • How to set meaningful objectives for the presenter and the audience
  • Ideas – what they are and how to develop and use them as the key themes for your speech or presentation
  • How to better understand your audience and tailor your content and delivery accordingly
  • How to tell an effective story and structure your content so that your audience can follow
  • The use of language appropriate to the audience
  • Visual aids and speaking notes
  • Verbal and non-verbal delivery
  • Handling question and answer sessions
  • Handling difficult questions and questioners

Our current course designs serve as the basis for discussions with you about your particular needs.