It's Still All Your Fault! You're the Planner!
Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CDT
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One of the main reasons we become planners is to help people and make a positive impact on communities. We are there to help! Then you start your job and realize there's a dark side that can take a toll on you if you let it. People yelling at you, attacking your character, and even your ethics which can make it hard to keep your head up. No one tells you everyone (developers, business owners, citizens, elected officials) will be mad at you! No one prepares you for the outrage against you when people don't like a decision you've made, the phone calls or emails with negative statements about you, accusations on social media and backlash from the same people you are trying to help. Then you are pulled politically in different directions on the same planning case. Learning objectives include: how to balance the needs of the public with political pressures; creative ways to handle hostile citizens and meetings; and necessary soft skills for you and your supervisor. Our jobs are difficult. Learning ways to handle these situations will help you deal with the immense pressures and remember why it's all worth it. We are all in this together!
Mara Perry, AICP
Aimee Nassif, AICP
Brendan Griesemer, email@example.com