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Getting Your Public Comment Right

In case you can’t watch the video above, it’s a short clip of actor, Brad Pitt, speaking before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. After speaking over the time limit allowed for public comment, he was cut off by the Board’s chairwoman. “We only do one take here,” she added after politely asking him to wrap up his remarks.

It’s an important reminder that, no matter who you are or how important your issue, you have to keep your public comments short.

That doesn’t mean Los Angeles County officials didn’t have their fun with the high-profile slip up:

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Even though it helps to be famous (and the measure Brad Pitt was supporting ended up passing), it’s important to know the rules in order to be able to persuade decision-makers.

Remember, in Florida’s cities and counties, you typically get two minutes to speak on an agenda item - that time includes giving your name and address.

Choose your remarks wisely. Coordinate your comments with friends. Watch the clock.

And don’t forget to check back here for more public comment tips!

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