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1 Decision Making in Manchester Some thoughts on skills... Mike Wild Macc

2 Representation: who are you? Whose views are you putting across? – Your own – A group of people? – Both? Who chose you to be speaker / representative? Who are you accountable to? – How can other people see this? – Where can other people influence you? Advocacy: adding your voice to someone else's The 'usual suspects'

3 Skills Have something to say! Be clear about what you want...and what you don't want...and why you think it's important Have a strategy Are you prepared to accept someone else's view? Form relationships

4 Skills Conversation rather than speeches Listening as well as speaking Patience Don't be rushed Use your right to be heard & respected...allow others to do the same 'Being at the table' = having influence? Be clear what you 'bring to the party?' Be on the agenda

5 Rules of Engagement Be sure you're speaking to the right person Don't go in 'all guns blazing' Don't go straight for a complaint Don't just criticise: make suggestions Give positive feedback when you can You can't embarrass people into giving you what you want Pick your battles: don't turn everything into a war Don't be a broken record.

6 Using Web Groups Facebook - groups Twitter – look for hashtags Freedom of Information requests Sign up to campaign groups – e.g. 38 Degrees Blogs – give and get feedback


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