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Testifying Before Congress: A Practical Guide to Preparing and Delivering Testimony Before Congress and Congressional Hearings for Agencies, Assoc Hardcover – June 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1587331725 ISBN-10: 1587331721

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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: TheCapitol.Net, Inc. (June 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587331721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587331725
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased Mr. LaForge's book and have found it to be tremendously helpful.
Jim Scott - Applied Policy, LLC
Bill LaForge has written a highly accessible guide to demystifying and mastering the art of the Congressional hearing.
Bruce L. Moyer
His book reflects the many valuable lessons he has learned from his extensive "real world" experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce L. Moyer on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bill LaForge has written a highly accessible guide to demystifying and mastering the art of the Congressional hearing. Mr. LaForge is a highly respected Washington lobbyist and teacher of the craft of public policy. He brings more than three decades of experience -- as a government official, Senate appropriations committee staff director and a Washington lawyer/lobbyist -- to write one of the best books of its kind. The text is an authoritative reference work for use by witnesses preparing to enter the lion's den on Capitol Hill, as well as those counseling and preparing a witness to testify before a Congressional committee or subcommittee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Perry on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'd just received my copy of Testifying Before Congress when I'd gotten the call to come before a Senate committee to testify for a bill of great importance to me. It was such a relief to open the book up and find everything I needed. Mr. LaForge's practical, no-nonsense approach, enhanced with real life examples and a tad of humor, made it an easy read and helped to make my experience not just successful, but also fun. Thanks to the author for bringing us this great resource. I am keeping it within reach from now on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Scott - Applied Policy, LLC on December 28, 2010
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I purchased Mr. LaForge's book and have found it to be tremendously helpful. This guide is invaluable in preparing to testify before any official body, not just the U.S. Congress. For example, I recently used it as a resource as I was preparing a client to testify before a committee of the Institute of Medicine.
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Testifying Before Congress is a step-by-step, practical guide to successfully guiding witnesses through the thicket of congressional investigations and hearings. Mr. LaForge is a well respected attorney and public policy professional who has worked on Capitol Hill and in public policy for many years. His book reflects the many valuable lessons he has learned from his extensive "real world" experience. The book is well organized, logically progressing from a description of the context of congressional hearings to the preparation of written and oral witness testimony, the conduct of the hearing, the response to committee questions, and the post-hearing follow-up. The chapter on the presentation and delivery of oral testimony, utilizing as examples the actual congressional testimony by well known public figures, is superb. Particularly useful for practitioners is the Appendix, which contains samples of congressional committee written testimony and transcripts of congressional committee hearing oral testimony. The structure, organization, and "road map" approach makes the book an "easy read." Mr. LaForge's thoughtful, precisely written, and practical treatise on the congressional investigation and hearing process is an invaluable resource for all "stakeholders" in the congressional hearing and public policy-making process - Members of Congress, staff, administration officials, associations, corporations, military service branches, non-governmental organizations, and the public. The book is a "must-read" for government relations professionals and attorneys representing congressional hearing witnesses.
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