November 23rd, 2010

GOOD FOR YOU

Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

A good public meeting facilitates information flow between UDOT and stakeholders.

Does this bug you? Evelyn Tuddenham organized a training on how to avoid holding a bad public meeting. The boards were bad on purpose, especially this one featuring the Mormon Cricket.

Showing how not to receive public comments, Angela Linford of Wilkinson Ferrari holds a bowl full of torn pieces of paper.

In a calculated attempt to show what not to do, a team of UDOT communicators took a cue from a 90′s rock and roll song and decided to be “Cruel to be Kind” with a training that imitated a bad public meeting.

Attendees stood in a long line, saw vague and confusing project posters, and then were ignored or given incomplete or conflicting answers to questions by fake project staff.

After the fun but frustrating demonstration, a panel discussion and question and answer session set everyone straight about how to avoid a public meeting fiasco.

The outcome of the training is a list,Public Meeting Dos and Don’ts, with tips from attendees and panel members who are experts at organizing public meetings the right way.

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