Verbal Judo! A Method to Improve Your Ability to Talk to Those Hostile to Conservation

December 14, 2017
1:00 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Scott Bonar

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Successfully conversing with people who do not see the value in protecting the environment is critical to those interested in conservation, especially in today’s society.  Here we discuss conversational techniques you can use to defuse conflict and improve the odds that the other side will listen to your point of view.

The instructor, Dr. Scott Bonar, is on the faculty of the University of Arizona and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has won numerous awards during his 30 years of natural resources work in state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry. Dr. Bonar’s years of research and personal experiences helped him develop and write The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People, a book called “a must read for conservation professionals” by the journal Ecology, “a guidepost” by Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and “an exceptional job” by Michael Dombeck, former Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.