Skills and Knowledge Development
Being and Effective Legislator/Leader
NCSL offers an effective legislator training that highlights the most important points legislators need to know going into their first (or fiftieth!) session. We bring in seasoned legislators to provide real-life examples of why these tips are imperative for legislators to master.
A basic knowledge of the proper conduct of public meetings and an understanding of the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure are essential. This workshop will provide an overview of basic parliamentary procedure principles, as well as where to locate the rules that apply to legislative bodies.
The Art of Legislative Negotiation
Traditional business and legal negotiation practices have centered on an oppositional, zero-sum game approach that seeks clear winners and losers. But negotiation in the legislative realm is different in many ways, with multiple stakeholders, complex interests, and both policy and political considerations to balance. In this workshop, legislators will learn to identify their primary interests, and the interests of their negotiating partner, develop creative options to circumvent roadblocks, preserve relationships with their negotiating partners for future interactions and more. Participants will engage in negotiation simulations designed specifically for the legislative setting. The goal of this hands-on training is to develop the skills and creativity necessary to engage in successful negotiation practices that produce more optimal outcomes.
Many legislatures include ethics training in orientation programs, but this content is almost always focused on ethics laws and rules. While these are important, NCSL can take your ethics training to the next level with a “Values-Based Ethics” approach to this difficult topic. In this session you have the opportunity to consider your personal and legislative values and see how they can motivate and guide you to make ethical, values-based decisions.
The Social Media Landscape in Legislatures
New and emerging technology means that in the social media landscape there is something new every day. This workshop will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the use of social media as it pertains to you as a legislator and some tips on how you might be able to better connect with your constituents. The interactive presentation is designed to be relevant, provide current examples of best practices employed by others, and address the overall use of social media with a constituent centric mindset. The presentation encourages participation and is designed for a beginner all the way to the more advanced tweeter.
Media and Social Media Training
Staff often get calls from the media requesting information and insight into issues facing state legislatures. This program will train you on how talk with media representatives while keeping legislators in the forefront when discussing legislative issues. This training features media experts with more than17 years of communications experience who can create guidelines to help your staff avoid potential landmines. This program is recommended for communications or partisan staff.
On nearly every topic legislatures address, NCSL experts can do in-depth, national-overview briefings on developments in the states and at the federal level. General topics include education, health, criminal justice, energy, environment, transportation and children and family issues. Briefings can be informal for selected groups, presented as formal testimony before legislative committees or caucuses, or as part of orientation programs.
Presentation Skills and Public Speaking: Developing Dynamic Delivery
Public speaking is said to be one of people’s great fears. Legislators, however, are often required to present complex information in a variety of public speaking settings. This workshop will present tips on developing the confidence and capability to give good presentations that clearly convey essential information, while keeping the audience engaged.
Techniques for Effective Messaging
Oftentimes legislative communication goes beyond merely educating or informing an audience. In speeches, on social media, and through talking points, the writing objective may be more persuasive, to create content that advances a particular point of view. In this session, you will learn what the latest brain science says about crafting a compelling message, and you will be exposed to specific techniques sure to increase the persuasive power of your work.
As a legislator, managing competing demands and multiple projects is one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Learn how to get organized, set priorities, create a work plan for keeping on top of project details, communicate with collaborators, and meet deadlines. This program last 30 minutes.
TRACOM Social Styles
NCSL offers the TRACOM Social Styles model which categorizes people according to personality traits and how they interact with others. Behavior studies like Social Styles are important because the information can help improve relationships and performance. Learn how your style can interact with other styles to build an effective team and productive work environment.
Fee: $50 per person