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Preparing for and presenting Congressional testimony.

Legislative testimony is a powerful method that can educate policymakers and legislators about the impact, however negative or positive, a particular piece of testimony may have on consumers, constituents and underserved individuals. This testimony must be professional and clearly communicated to assist your organization achieve the results you are looking for.

Preparing for a 3 to 5 minute testimony that effectively communicates your message is highly important and delivering from a personal experience perspective can have the highest impact. Your testimony will be submitted to state legislators and will have to be typed to ensure its legibility. It’s also vital it be on one side of the paper and double spaced with text large enough to read with ease.

Points to take note of include:
• Identify yourself and the organization you represent.
• Answer only those questions that you can answer correctly, and answer as clearly and succinctly as you can. Rehearse your testimony!
• Bring enough copies of your prepared statement for the entire committee.
• Rehearse your testimony!
• Thank the committee for the opportunity to speak.

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  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

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