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Facilitating Big, Difficult Public Meetings

*This is a Library Works webinar and must be attended Live*

There is limited capacity of 5 attendees from Arizona.

Here are the scenarios: The popular director is fired or the unpopular director is not fired. Things get ugly. Collections, staffing, the budget, and programming are challenged, and things get ugly. Two hundred people show up at your public board meeting for conflicting reasons – you expected 25. Before the meeting, political pressure comes from different directions. Factions show up and face off about issues that have nothing to do with the meeting’s agenda. The usually uneventful library board meeting is now taken over by angry, shouting stakeholders, some of whom are not listening. And the media has arrived and they are not exactly neutral. How do you ensure that participants are heard, decisions are made in a timely fashion, and everyone is treated fairly and with respect, regardless of the outcome? T

opics covered in this webinar include getting ready for a crowd, dealing with the media, how better to communicate the intent and expected outcomes of a public meeting. In addition, we’ll discuss preparing the venue, the importance of well-trained volunteers, double-checking the facts, what can and will go wrong, why feelings are as important as facts, why follow-up is so crucial, and how to measure or describe success. Following this webinar, you will know how to: • Run public meetings that receive good reviews from most participants and the press. • Better anticipate problems with hecklers, dissidents, and provocateurs. • Create a process that respects minority opinions. • Review local and state rules regarding open meeting protocols and their impact on your library.

Presenter: Pat Wagner is a trainer and consultant with over 40 years of experience working for libraries, universities, local government, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time (MST):
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
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