I’ve been away from the blogosphere for a few months — mostly due to a busy summer professionally. I worked on projects that afforded me opportunities to further explore what’s required for public engagement success. Successful engagements share one essential thing in common — they establish shared values between the proponent and the participants.
Shared values create a foundation for shared success or, at the very least, a foundation for shared acceptance of the process and its outcomes. And that builds trust, which leads to better engagement, which leads to more collaboration and lasting results.
The key to successful engagement is to deliver it with respect. Everyone participating in a public engagement process must deliver and has the right to expect the values represented by the acronym of RESPECT.
Are you preparing and presenting your engagement programs with RESPECT for your stakeholders, participants and the public? Ask yourself the following questions:
If we share RESPECT and all it stands for, then we create a radically positive environment in which public engagement thrives.
Next week, I’ll share how participants can embrace the values of SHARE, to create a positive and collaborative engagement environment.
Maureen Douglas, CPF-IAF, is an international advisor, consultant and speaker on public engagement and community development. Click here for Mo’s FREE e-Guide to Better Public Engagement. Follow her on Twitter.