2019 SKILLS SYMPOSIUM: Making Public Meetings Work for You and Your Stakeholders

  • February 28, 2019
  • Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758
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  • For members of AICP registering on or before December 14, 2018.
  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.


Effective dialogue, relationship-building, and shared learning are the centerpieces of effective public participation meetings or events. Creating effective forums for dialogue and learning require. This course explores the fundamentals required to design and implement genuine dialogue, how people communicate and the environments in which real dialogue can take place. We will discuss the Six P’s of successful planning and present a wide range of options for better meetings and better outcomes. Course topics include understanding why traditional public meetings fail, reinventing the public meeting, characteristics of effective dialogue. how to establish an environment for effective dialogue, and the foundations for effective meeting design, management, and facilitation.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2.org to obtain it.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Recognize what is required to design effective public meetings.
  • Be able to design a meeting that meets the needs of the sponsor and the audience.
  • Recognize what is required to provide an environment for genuine stakeholder dialogue
  • Understand the range of tools and techniques available to make meetings come alive
  • Learn how to focus your planning to meet the needs of your stakeholders

Trainer: Douglas Sarno

Doug SarnoDoug Sarno has over 30 years of public participation experience, facilitating thousands of public meetings, dozens of stakeholder advisory boards and many national and international stakeholder forums. He has trained professionals in a wide range of topics in over a dozen countries. He was an original designer of the IAP2 Foundations Training, which he has taught to thousands of students. He has developed many innovative approaches and tools in participation, including the IAP2 Spectrum and the USEPA public participation guide and video training. He served as IAP2 Executive Director of IAP2 and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A.

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