Note: This workshop is a longer, 2.5-hour session. Land trusts work with many people including landowners, members, community members and policy leaders. Often this work involves difficult conversations or controversial topics, whether it is the effects of our changing climate, talking with people who don’t trust you, or reaching out to communities that you don’t feel yourself part of. This can feel uncomfortable. Yet if we are going to conserve more land, be more relevant, and inspire more action on climate, we need to be more comfortable talking with people from all walks of life. There are many opportunities to learn about messages and framing that work for various audiences; however, there are few opportunities to practice what you learn in a low-stakes environment. Effective communication is more than what you say, it’s also how you listen and respond to the other person. The good news is that there are proven techniques to engage with people in a respectful and thoughtful manner. This workshop will provide you with the skills needed to have a dialogue rather than talking past one another. Through a series of fun, interactive exercises, you’ll practice crucial communication skills that can improve your ability to understand and to be understood. Building these skills can help you create more authentic connections, share your message more effectively, and grow your land trust’s influence in your community.