I was kind of confused by Council as well. Here is what I think it is, but maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
1. Set the Resistance (reasonable 3, bold 6, or outrageous 9). Let's say it is reasonable for this example, so Resistance of 3.
2. Introduction. Select a spokesperson. Have them do a skill roll (for example, Marigold (a hobbit) would use RIDDLE (but could also use AWE or COURTESY), which for her is rank 3, so a D12 and 3D6, with the Wits TN of 16. If she succeeds then the time limit is still 3 (kind of a weird extra step if you ask me). Lets say she also gets a 6 on the skill dice so that makes the time limit now 4 with the resistance 3. I'm not sure though. So now she has to get 3 successful rolls in 4 tries. !?
3. Interaction. I think this is now where she rolls 4 times and tries to get 3 successes. 6 on d6 also count as a success. Also, (not sure) maybe if she rolls a 12 she is successful for the whole council, regardless. For this stage she could use, ENHEARTEN, INSIGHT, PERSUADE, RIDDLE, or SONG I think.
Anyway, I could be quite wrong but that's how it seems to me. It also seems like too many steps. First figure out this number. Then roll to see if it is that number or higher, then that becomes your number of rolls and roll again that many times to get a certain number of successes. And while doing this the LM may also modify -1d6 or +1d6! (for reluctant or friendly councils).
Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.