Build Your Skills Toolbox
Examples of communication as an elected official include:
- Being an effective listener.
- Maintaining composure in crisis or other highly-charged situations.
- Using different communication tools to engage stakeholders in the community.
- Modeling good social media use.
- Communicating reliable information; not misleading the public.
- Seeking out and listening to broad perspectives.
Communications staff from the League’s Engagement and Learning team are available to answer your questions about media relations and public relations for city officials, and about LMC publications.
Local Media, Social Media, Messaging, Resident Communications, and Crisis Communications
Don Reeder, Public Affairs Manager
Danielle Cabot, Communications Coordinator
LMC Print and Electronic Publications
Digital and Publications Manager
- Guide for Communicating During a City Crisis, Informational Guide
- Computer and Network Loss Control, Informational Memo
- Sample Social Media Policy, Model Policy
- Minnesota Cities magazine features a monthly column that addresses communications issues called “Message Matters” as well as useful feature stories with communication tips.
- Minnesota Cities Magazine: Each Issue Contains “Message Matters” Section
- “Tips for Promoting Civility and Clear Communication During the Pandemic”(May/Jun. 2020)
- “A Social Media Road Map for Elected Officials” (Jan./Feb. 2020)
- “Make Your City Website Easy to Read” (Mar./Apr. 2020)
- In light of judicial and advisory opinions over the past few months, the League has updated its sample Social Media Policy. If your city is active on social media, this document might be worth checking out.
- City Speak Podcast Episode: Tips for Building Council Collaboration Part I with Pam Whitmore
- Access the library of The City Speak podcast episodes
As a League member, you have access to a wide range of educational and networking opportunities. Find ones that work best for your schedule and learning style. Learn about ways to build relationships with other elected officials for support and networking.