Thursdays, May 13 – June 17, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm MST | Registration: FREE | via Teams
Montana State University Extension Pondera County and Purdue Extension – Bartholomew County are teaming up to bring you a webinar series dedicated to helping you improve your agriculture communication skills. Adriane Good, from MSU Extension, and Cora Carter, from Purdue Extension, noticed that many agricultural producers want to engage with the public and share their story but have difficulties doing so. This webinar series aims to help producers with that, giving them the skills to communicate effectively and present themselves professionally online when engaging with a non-agricultural based public.
For more information about the webinar series, contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4054.
May 13: Media Literacy and Critical Thinking ft. Beth Forbes, Purdue
- This session will help participants figure out where to find credible sources and how to verify the information you’re getting.
May 20: Communication and Engagement ft. Linda Pfeiffer, Purdue
- Will discuss how to effectively communicate your points and engage with the people you’re speaking to. Beth and Linda are both part of the leadership team of College of Agriculture course at Purdue that helps students learn how to engage with the public on controversial issues.
May 27: Communicating Controversial Topics, Group Discussion
- Participants will be broken out into smaller groups and asked to practice by discussing common controversial practices in agriculture, while remaining civil and professional.
June 3: Crafting Your Story ft. Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie)
- Will feature Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie), a Wisconsin dairy farmer with a large social media following. Carrie has been using social media to connect with consumers for over 10 years and will help you learn how to craft your own story for social media.
June 10: Presenting Yourself Professionally Online ft. Sara Hollenbeck, High Five Meats
- Will discuss presenting yourself professionally online. It can be difficult trying to decide what you should share on social media to retain a sense of professionalism while still being authentic. Sara will help you figure that out, drawing from her experience using social media to promote her local meat company.
June 17: Practice Telling Your Story, Group Discussion
- Will be allowing you to put it all together! Once again, participants will be broken out into smaller groups and given a chance to practice using all your new skills. Other MSU and Purdue Extension educators have volunteered to participate in discussion with class participants, to give everyone a chance to communicate with all sorts of different people.