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appendix thirteen

guidelines for speakers

The Goals of the Impact Panel Program are:

How the Impact Panel works:

Panel members, along with the Panel Facilitator, are seated together, usually behind a table at the front of the room. Casual, comfortable clothing is suggested.

Most of the audience will consist of convicted impaired driving offenders ordered to attend the session. Others present may include judges, probation officers, law enforcement officials, and people in alcohol treatment programs.

The media may be present. If any panel member objects to the media's presence, they should inform the panel coordinator who will protect their right to privacy.

A panel facilitator will open the meeting and announce its close. The facilitator will briefly introduce each panelist, after which a panelist will speak for about 10 minutes and not more than 15 minutes. The facilitator will signal the speaker when he or she has three remaining minutes and then one minute remaining.

Panel speakers are not expected to interact with attendees unless they choose to do so informally after the presentation. In some settings with small audiences, a brief question and answer period may be appropriate if panel members agree beforehand. All participants should always answer every question courteously.

 

Putting it Simply . . .

Just tell your story in about ten minutes. After you've given the facts of the crash for a couple of minutes, talk about how it affects you today. That way, your presentation will change each time you tell your story, and will be fresh for you and your audience. Jot down a few notes before you speak, but don't over-rehearse. Speak what is true for you at the time. You can trust that it will be "right" as long as it stems from your hurt.

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