When it comes to providing evidence in front of a select committee, preparation is essential. A high-profile select committee appearance can cause serious reputational harm, but, done well, is an opportunity to effectively communicate your message to Parliament, key decision makers and a wider audience.

Through practical exercises and expert feedback from our trainer this In-House training course will allow you and your colleagues to gain confidence, skills and knowledge to perform well in front of an inquisitive select committee.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a firm overview of a select committee
  • Learn how to plan and prepare for the big appearance
  • Shaping and conveying compelling messages
  • Confidently answer complex questions in a composed and measured way
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Overview of the Select Committee System

  • What is a select committee?
  • Role in scrutinising policy
  • Holding government to account
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Identifying the Positives of a Select Committee Appearance

  • Getting your message across
  • Responding to a call for evidence
  • Helping to shape policy development
12:00 - 13:00

Preparing and Planning: Researching your Audience

  • Research the members of the select committee
  • Ascertain their motivations, voting records and views
  • Prepare and anticipate how they will question you: aggressive, professional, formal, neutral or partisan
  • Watch short clips of the relevant select committee
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Crafting your Story for Impact

  • Shaping compelling messages
  • Identify your ‘wants’ and ‘needs’
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Answering Complex and Challenging Questions

  • Confidently answer questions in a composed and measured way
  • Gain techniques and tools to retrieve information
  • Managing a hostile audience
  • Ensure your responses are engaging, relevant and well-articulated
  • Learn ways to measure the impact of your responses
  • Turn a tricky question into an opportunity for you
16:00 - 17:00

Putting it into Practice

  • You will learn how to put all of the above into practice, through a mock session; session can be filmed if participants request
  • Following feedback, a chance to reconsider messages and narrative and make any necessary amendments
  • Identify areas for improvement in presentation style
17:00 - 17:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close