Skill Up in 2017 at an Engagement Strategy Workshop

New year, new public engagement skills. Get the training needed to connect in meaningful and lasting ways.

The new year is seen as a time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. In that spirit of self-improvement, we’re on a mission to improve public engagement efforts from coast to coast and the many places in between.

Matt Leighninger and Nicole Cabral will be on the road next year for a number of projects to that end. One project is to deliver full-day, intensive workshops focused on developing leadership skills for stronger engagement in communities. These workshops are especially relevant for city and town managers and other public officials looking to learn about the strengths and limitations of public engagement today.

A workshop we held in Boston in June included elected and aspirant officials, city planners, public engagement professionals, an academic and a democracy activist. As we saw during this workshop, these professionals share many common engagement challenges, from the “usual suspects” who dominate most meetings to the narrow channels of communication exemplified by 2 minutes at a microphone.

In February, Matt and Nicole will host a Public Engagement Strategy Workshop in Silver Spring, Maryland. Some details are included below and full details and registration can be found here.

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017
Time: 9:00am — 4:30pm 
Location: Silver Spring Regional Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cost: $250 (by December 31, 2016) or $350 (after January 1, 2017)

A point we should highlight is that the early bird rate ends at the end of this year, on Dec 31st, so commiting to your professional development goals early will get you a $100 discount!

Do you know anyone in the Silver Spring, MD or Washington, DC, area? Please share this workshop with colleagues and friends here:

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