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Network News May 2016

What I learnt from Anat Shenker-Osorio

by Ros Rice, Executive Officer Community Networks Aotearoa

Back on March 18 I flew my weary way up to Auckland on the red-eye to attend a one day summit held by the Equality Network.  I was particularly interested in the subject of the Hui which was “talking so people will listen”.

As people who know me can attest, I can talk without breathing for prolonged periods of time, and I am well used to watching my colleagues and friends’ eyes glazing over as I develop my themes and get into convoluted and excruciatingly tangential stories to illustrate my rather simple point.

I suspect it is my years in radio, where talking to the non-responsive microphone gave me a talent for monologues and descriptive language.

But how do I make my point to people who are not only impatient for the discussion but are set in their views anyway, and those views are very different to mine?

I hoped I might learn something.

I was not disappointed.  The highlight of the summit for me was the Skype call in from America from Anat Shenker-Osorio.  Anat Shenker-Osorio is a communications expert, researcher and political pundit whose one-of-a-kind work is challenging the way dozens of organizations and political figures talk about the pressing issues of our time. 

She is a strategic communications consultant who does research to diagnose what is working in her clients messaging, and how to provide fresh new approaches.  Perfect when we are trying to talk about poverty and inequality to a nation with many disbelievers and sceptics.

So what did I learn from Anat’s one hour on Skype?

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