|We keep saying that the San Diego Skills Symposium has something for everyone, and it does! Where are you on your learning journey? What skills do you need for continuous improvement? What should you be signing up for? The following provides some insights on what you could learn and where courses lie on the continuum of experience. But many overlap, so don’t let us define or limit your journey – choose the courses that best fit where YOU are and what YOU need.|
|Course and Audience||Some of the things YOU will learn in these courses|
|If you are new to the P2 field or want a refresher…|
|IAP2 Foundations Planning
Planning – 3 Days
Techniques – 2 Days
|If you are experienced in delivering P2…|
|Social Media and P2
|IAP2 Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation
|Designing for Diversity
|Building the Trust for Civil Communication
|Evaluating & Measuring P2
|If you have been delivering good P2 for quite a while…|
|When Things Go Sideways
|Wherever you are in your P2 learning journey, plan to join us for these highly interactive and participatory courses.|
The IAP2 USA Skills Symposium is less than a month away! We have a lot of people joining us and we are excited to meet everyone and kick start those important networking opportunities. We do have some spaces left so please take a look at the courses on offer and register today.
Here are some highlights in case you are on the fence:
- Monday night, February 22, we have a big sponsor bringing a Big Hairy Problem where everyone can participate in applying their P2 experiences, ideas and recommendations to spur new thinking for this utility company.
- Other networking opportunities both formal and informal are being planned. Imagine sitting around the pool or going out for a meal with your colleagues and discussing P2!
- Expert trainers are offering rich learning experiences. These are not presentations, they’re are hands-on trainings.
- The modular schedule allows you to select one, two or three day courses to fill as much of the week as you are able.
The week will be a great networking time and locale!
IAP2 USA sees this as an opportunity to:
- Re-boot, Re-Energize, and Elevate your own P2 skills
- Build teams: common training builds common language and common vision. The Symposium will be a ready-made time to get you whole team tracking together
- Build support for engagement within your organizations. Do you work with people who don’t understand what you do? Invite them to join you.
Do you still have questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
See you in San Diego!
IAP2 USA Skills Symposium, February 21-25, 2016 in San Diego
|We have enjoyed speaking with many of you over the last few weeks about the Symposium and it has been great to see so many registrations – YEAH! But, we are also aware that some of you still have to make the case, whether to justify your personal expense or to convince an employer that you should be attending. We’ve provided quite a bit of information—check out all of the course information by clicking on the “Learn More” links on the website—but we want to do more. So, we have gone back out to our trainers and requested some additional materials. We are still getting trainer updates, but wanted to share what we have received (below).
PLEASE NOTE: Our Symposium courses do have a minimum and maximum registration. We will be reviewing all registrations at the end of day on January 22 to determine which courses will proceed. If you have a course you want to take, don’t delay–register now, even if you have to pay a little later.
DEADLINE FOR SYMPOSIUM HOTEL RATES: The deadline for the Symposium at the Bahia Resort Hotel is almost here. January 22 is the last day to get the IAP2 USA rate of $139/night. If you think that you will be joining us make sure to book your room as soon as possible. Don’t forget, the Bahia is offering these great rates before and after the Symposium—so do a little work and a little relaxing!
|Designing as if Stakeholders Matter
In our first video segment, course developer Anne Carroll provides an overview of how Designing as if Stakeholders Matter will help you learn how to design meaningful engagement projects that successfully reach out to and hear from the full spectrum of stakeholders for that project.
Dialogue Partners consultant Erin Pote shares how More Tools for your Community Involvement Toolbox will give you innovative new tools and techniques to use in your P2 practice.
|IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation
IAP2 Licensed trainer Barbara Chappell shares how the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation course will help you design engagement processes to bring communities and decision makers together in effective ways.
|Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation will
Course developer Stephanie McCallum describes how Emotion, Outrage & Public Participation will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.
|The Skills Symposium is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this fabulous lineup of training opportunities!|
Join trainers Barbara Chappell & Alan Beattie for one or both of the IAP2 flagship public participation courses.
The experience can be transformative.
“This is valuable training for anyone working in the Communications/Public Relations industry because so much of this knowledge is assumed or taken-for-granted, especially by decision-makers. This course applies a professional rigour and framework to these endeavours that can help either avert disaster or maximise outcomes.”
—Course participant, December 2015
“By far the best training I have attended in my 17-year public service career.”
—Course participant, May 2015
The Planning module includes theory sessions to help participants develop an understanding of public participation and prepare them for the application of the theory to practice.
The Techniques module breaks down specific methods including World Café, Interviews, Revolving Conversations, Deliberation, and Advisory Groups. You’ll leave armed with a wealth of reference material, IAP2 tip sheets, and the ability to select appropriate procedures for each new project. Planning is a prerequisite to Techniques.
Participants in the Planning Module will learn to:
- Develop an understanding of values based public participation
- Prepare a public participation plan based on a clear understanding of the decision under consideration and the role the public may play in the decision process
- Develop an understanding of how to set engagement and communication objectives and assess the associated risks
- Develop an awareness of a range of public participation techniques
- Determine how to select techniques to meet engagement and communication objectives
- Review, monitor and improve public participation practices
Participants in the Techniques Module will learn to:
- Understand key characteristics of a wide variety of traditional and emerging techniques and technologies
- Asses and select techniques to meet identified public participation objectives
- Modify and combine techniques to meet various objectives and circumstances
- Determine the skills and resources needed to use different techniques effectively
Participants will receive a certificate of course completion.
Hone your facilitation skills! Take Facilitation Skills for P2 Practitioners at the 2016 Skills Symposium!
This interactive session more than covers the basics!
Whether you’re new to facilitating public sessions or you just want a chance to practice in a safe environment, this course is for you!
Join Certified Professional Facilitator and IAP2 Licensed Trainer and IAP2 USA board member Wendy Green Lowe in this three-day exploration of facilitation skills, session planning, the anatomy of a meeting, facilitation techniques, typical challenging situations, and more!
You’ll have the opportunity to:
- List the basic parts of a facilitated public event
- Outline a planning process for preparing to facilitate a public event
- Demonstrate basic facilitation skills
- Respond to common challenging situations that can arise at facilitated public events
Become more comfortable with facilitation in your P2 practice!
Take Appreciative Inquiry: The Path to High Engagement Positive Impact at the 2016 Skills Symposium!
Connect people, ignite fresh thinking and create shared ownership for results!
Have you ever wondered about Appreciative Inquiry and wanted to know more? This is your chance! Join Barbara Lewis, head of the Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change and owner of Catalyst Inc., at the 2016 IAP2 USA Skills Symposium in a two-day exploration of how and why Appreciative Inquiry works.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
- Understand how and why Appreciative Inquiry works to enhance engagement and create sustainable results
- Learn the 4D process by experiencing an Appreciative Inquiry process from start to finish
- Discover how Appreciative Inquiry is similar and different from more traditional decision-making and public participation processes
- Explore ways in which Appreciative Inquiry can be used for public participation
- Apply a 4-step process to create appreciative questions
- Explore opportunities for Appreciative Inquiry in different contexts and see the possibilities for adapting the process to different circumstances
Add Appreciative Inquiry to your public participation toolbox to create sustainable results.