Experienced Officials: 2019 Leadership Conference Agenda


11:30 a.m.

12 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1:15 p.m.
Leveraging Communication Styles for More Effective Working Relationships
Jeannette Grace, Instructor, Metropolitan State University—Institute for Professional Development
Identify your preferred communication style and learn how to read the communication styles of others. Then, explore how to leverage this knowledge to interact more effectively with council colleagues, staff, residents, and others. Finally, learn how to use communication styles to build understanding and trust through communication flexibility.

5 p.m.
Social Hour
Use this opportunity to relax and meet elected officials from neighboring cities—network and enjoy!

6 p.m.
Dinner and IGR Update
Hear about League priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session and how you can help advocate for important city issues.

7 p.m.


8 a.m.
What’s Your Message? Communicating with Impact
Paul Omodt, Omodt & Associates Critical Communication, Former St. Louis Park Councilmember
Whether you are expressing your position to colleagues on the council, explaining issues to residents, or sharing information with staff, your impact depends on the power and clarity of your message and how well you deliver it. During this session, you’ll learn communications basics and how to frame your messages to connect with your audiences; get practical tips for everyday communication and interactions with residents and business owners; and discover effective techniques to engage and influence your audiences to get better outcomes.

10:45 a.m.

11 a.m.
Working as a Team: Tools for Effective Collaboration
Paul Omodt, Omodt & Associates Critical Communication, Former St. Louis Park Councilmember
Governing your city is challenging work! It requires effective communication and collaboration among councilmembers and between city officials and staff. In this closing session, you’ll recognize archetype roles and how members of a group can take on roles that affect communications. You will also learn how to communicate with purpose and build communications consensus to reach common goals.

12 p.m.


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