Tips for Successful Presentations

  • State your name and address at the start of your presentation.
  • The best presentations about the issue under discussion are to the point. Presentations that are less than three minutes long, but to the point, are more effective with council than long and repetitive presentations.
  • If your point has been made by previous speakers, feel free to inform the mayor that you do not need to speak because your point had been raised. You can make a simple statement from your seat such as the following: "I do not wish to speak. My point has been made."
  • If you plan to present Council with information, have it organized and ready to pass to the city secretary, who will distribute it to council. Begin your presentation immediately.
  • Address your remarks to the whole council, rather than to a specific member.
  • When the city secretary's timer goes off to signal the end of your time, sum up immediately to avoid the mayor interrupting you with instructions to stop.