Summer vacation — I hope you get to take one. They always bring back great memories. I can still smell the grass, hear the cicadas and feel my bike tires hitting every road crack and pothole on the way to Ritchy’s or Skeeter’s house (and those are not made-up names – I promise).
I want to bring back mandatory summer vacations along with naps after lunch…are you with me? In the meantime, here’s a collection of useful things that I think you’ll enjoy…
Getting Your Point Across
Brian Tracy (one of those motivational guys) says, “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” True dat. It’s an ongoing topic in this mailer and one that gets more responses than almost anything else. Here are some thoughts:
In this age of information overload, getting people’s attention is Job One. You can always try boring them into submission; however, to really accomplish Job One, both the topic and you have to appeal to their interests.
I have always believed that being interesting was grounded in charm and hard to define. But someone has tried:
And, because this is a learned skill, practice and coaching are the only ways to get better. I suggest getting yourself on TV:
What They Hate About You
I ran across this article relative to what employees hate about their employment leaders. However, I also find it extremely applicable to how I believe people frequently view their government leaders. What do you think?
Influencing by Actively Listening
It’s easy to think that talking is the only way to influence someone else. It’s not…
Getting to ‘Yes’
I ranted in the last issue and feel better now — thank you very much — but the lack of compromise and inability to get anything done in government now seems to be a forgone conclusion:
Remaining Open Trainings in 2013
Public anger, opposition and mistrust have changed the rules of engagement. The two-day Emotion, Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation workshop is hands-on, effective, and has never been more important.
The IAP2 Public Participation Certificate course is for people who want to do public involvement effectively. You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, why and what to do about it. Please join us for one of these:
IAP2 Public Emotion and Outrage class:
- September 5 & 6 in Chicago
- October 10 & 11 in Calgary
IAP2 Certificate class:
- October 28 – November 1 in Chicago
We also customize these and related workshops for your in-house group to give you the strategy, tools & tactics to move things forward. Call for details.
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