Public Meeting Management

 

Civility in Public Meetings
Instructor: TBA
Description: minimum of one hour 
We’ve all seen headlines of public meetings that turned into shouting matches, or been part of those same meetings. How can city officials and city staff work together on policies and procedures to ensure their meetings are cordial, professional and effective? This workshop offers best practices and examples from across the state.
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Communicating Your Budget
Instructor: Michelle Bono
Description: minimum of two hours preferred; however, class can be tailored to fit time needs 
A city’s budget is more than pie charts and accounting spreadsheets. It should also be a communications tool. This workshop presents best practices in making sure citizens, businesses, media and others understand how to read and interpret your fiscal record. The session includes key talking points and how to use them to help citizens support your city’s programs and goals.
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Council Meetings: Practical Skills
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: minimum of two hours; can be expanded
When city governments hold their public meetings, a variety of outcomes can occur. How can you make sure to hold effective meetings? This workshop offers best practices from a former council member and includes examples of what to do and what not to do.
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Parliamentary Procedure for Local Government
Instructor: TBA
Description: minimum of two hours
Many local governments use Robert’s Rules of Order to guide their meetings, but how is it best applied? This workshop offers advice on ensuring smooth meeting procedures, even for tough subject matter. The roles for elected officials and city staff are included.
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Successful Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees
Instructor: TBA 
Description: 3.5 hours
This course covers best practices and the do's and don'ts of effective advisory board administration. Strategies for resolving conflicts and building relationships with board and committee members will be discussed. Participants learn how to channel conflict into constructive cooperation, solve problems, save city dollars, build support and utilize citizen volunteers productively. Elected officials, advisory board members, administrators, board liaisons and other leaders are encouraged to attend.
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Turning Conflicts Around: Maximizing Moments of Leadership
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: minimum of four hours; can be expanded
We can be placed in a leadership position by election, appointment or promotion. But the actual call to lead can come at any time, under any circumstances, regardless of our formal position or power. How do we maximize these moments, turning them to good for our cities and our citizens? Join us as we learn to leverage these opportunities in a variety of different settings.
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Understanding Elected Municipal Officials
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: two hours
Whether one is an elected official, a city employee or a citizen, it is likely we have encountered actions by elected municipal officials that puzzle, confuse or frustrate us. A city council or commission is, in fact, a rather unusual decision-making body, at least in comparison to those we encounter in other aspects of our lives. This session examines the unique backgrounds, perspectives and challenges of elected municipal officials, providing insight to guide our work with them, whatever role we play.
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Understanding Municipal Staff
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: two hours
Many elected municipal officials become key decision makers in their cities without having a great deal of prior experience with municipal government. One consequence can be frequent misunderstandings, even antagonism, between elected municipal officials and municipal staff. This session provides perspective on the nature of municipal staff work and the dynamics of staff/official relations.
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