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BA120MPI-2: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some background on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication. The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills. This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor. The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques. (Note: the last part of this will be a one-on-one evaluation done concurrently with FX250MPI). 

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Marketing Hometown American program uses civility to attract new businesses and population to small communities

Businesses close. People move away. It happens everywhere. In rural places these losses seem more devastating, are more lamented, and can feel like a harbinger of future doom. 

Facing these losses, small communities throughout the upper Midwest are trying a happier approach to retaining their quality of life and marketing the value of rural places. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) unit is now able to offer the Marketing Hometown America program that has been successfully used by Cooperative Extension programs in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota to help communities home in on what people are looking for when they choose a place to live and do business.

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Community Design Lab

The Iowa State University Community Design Lab (CDL) partners with Iowa communities to create healthy places through innovative strategies ad tactics. A primary goal of CDL is to inform and engage community members in thoughtful and meaningful ways that encourage greater public participation in the design process and increased support and ownership of the project moving forward. This level of engagement extends into the investigative process, which involves active listening, as well as on-the-ground and explorative research to develop a rich inventory and analysis centered on user experience of the built environment. This analysis aids in the visualization of community goals and concerns to establish design frameworks, strategies, and master plans.

BA101MPI: Elements of a Financial System

Is it a puzzle or a maze? No, it's not chemistry class, but the elements do have individual components that blend together to make something else. The financial system is made of many pieces. How they all fit together is critical to the understanding of your role as a city clerk. This session will be the basis of future sessions, introducing the many facets of the financial system and their interdependence. 

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BA110MPI: Basics of a Personnel System

This workshop will provide a review and discussion of the practical side of a municipal personnel system. We will address such topics as recruitment and selection, employment interviews, employee discipline procedures, personnel files, job descriptions, FLSA, and sexual harassment. Ample time will be provided for questions from the participants, and questions are strongly encouraged.

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BA120MPI-1: Introduction to Public Speaking

Effective public speaking is comprised of three key ingredients: knowing your goal, organizing for memory and impact, and delivering your message effectively and persuasively.  We will review strategy and tactics that you can use to reduce your prep time, increase your confidence and impact, and control your nerves. You will be prepared to make your presentation on the following day with ease and enjoyment.  This session will focus on techniques for making city clerks better verbal communicators. It will provide clerks with some background on ways to assist in getting a message across through verbal communication.  The session will also provide clerks with an opportunity to test these skills by presenting a short talk, which will be critiqued to help clerks improve their skills.  This session will be done on an individual basis with the instructor.  The instructor will review your video with you and provide suggestions on how to improve your speaking techniques.
(Note:  There is no advance preparation necessary for this course)

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