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Engaging and communicating about Australia agriculture

[May 2013]

An ‘Engage’ workshop held in Broome last month saw over 30 participants from the pastoral and supporting industries gather to learn how to engage and communicate more effectively.

The workshop on 18 April was organised by Catherine Marriot of Influential People, WA 2012 RIRDC Woman of the Year and National Runner-Up. It followed on from the success of last years’ Influential Women’s Forum.

Special guest Charlie Arnot from the Center for Food Integrity in the USA, shared principles of effective communication and some of the research that has been done in the USA and how this will help us build consumer trust in our industry.

During the workshop, Rangelands NRM Landcare Facilitator, Mel McDonald gave an overview of the work of Rangelands NRM, outlining current opportunities and how people can get involved.

“Through an interactive learning experience, participants learned how to engage and communicate effectively with a variety of people especially those who may hold opposing views on a particular subject,” Mrs McDonald said.

Participants were given the opportunity to practice talking to the media and undertake some role plays.

“The workshop provided a fantastic opportunity for participants to practice new skills in a supportive environment,” Mrs McDonald said.

“I think everyone was able to take something away to improve the way they communicate.”

“The workshop was brilliant, well organised and allowed everyone to be involved. It was great to learn about how we need to interact with those in the industry and more importantly those outside of it, workshop participant and stockperson at Kalyeeda Station,” Angharad Preece said.