From the Executive Manager's Desk: Is Your Elevator Speech Ready?

May 2021 Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA

Is Your Elevator Speech Ready?

If all goes well, we will soon be attending our meetings and gatherings in person. You may even find yourself in an elevator with an acquaintance who asks about public participation. That’s your chance to explain about IAP2 USA. Are you ready with that two or three minute pitch about the organization – often used at networking events and parties, remember those?

We recently put together a brief synopsis to help you describe how the core values are important to effective public participation. Try out these talking points next time you need help describing good P2. 

About Public Participation:

Public participation is any process that uses public input to solve a problem or make decisions. It is most effective and delivers best value for effort when it is undertaken for a specific purpose -- to influence and add value to an issue or opportunity so that the best quality or most sustainable decision can be made.

About IAP2 USA

IAP2 USA is a nationwide organization that leads, advances and advocates for best practices in public participation. It is a home and community for people who believe good decisions can be made together. 

We provide members with tools and techniques via conferences, trainings, professional certification, research, mentorship and access to a community of more than 2,500 members across 48 states to support establishment of good practices so that quality participation can occur.

Members adhere to a Code of Ethics that guide us in our practice and enhance the integrity of the public participation process. 

Our Core Values

An essential aspect of our community is our Core Values. These values make our organization unique and define the expectations and aspirations of the public participation process. 

You can find the full one pager here.

Gail Madziar

Executive Manager


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