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Seminar Three - Communicating Effectively

When Jan 21, 2010 10:35 AM to
Jan 23, 2010 10:35 AM
Where Langdon, ND
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Contact Phone 701-231-5803
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Paul NelsonThe Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Class met in Langdon January 21st - 23rd for their seminar on communicating effectively. The session began Thursday afternoon at the NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center (LREC), where participants had the pleasure of meeting two NDSU Professors; Dr. Judy Pearson, Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Dr. Paul Nelson, Chair of the Department of Communications. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Pearson gave ideas on preparingCarol Goodman and presenting project topics, advice for presenting project topics to the public, how to analyze an audience, the importance of cultivating relationships and fundraising strategies. The session combined lecture with interactive activities which gave the RLND students time to practice their RLND project speeches. 

Thursday evening Carol Goodman, Executive Director for Cavalier County Job Development Authority (CCDJA), joined the class for supper and gave a speech about the Cavalier County Job Development Authority and the importance of RLND. Mrs. Goodman spoke about how the CCJDA was established, how it is funded and the purpose of CCJDA. She also stressed the importance of how strong leaders are needed in rural North Dakota and how the RLND program fits in with that role.

Dr. Nelson and Dr. Pearson finished their session on Friday morning with more great advice as they listened to individual RLND students give their speeches about their RLND projects. 

Amy FrierNext, participants visited two businesses in Langdon. The first stop was the local newspaper, Cavalier County Republican, where we met with Amy Frier the Republican's Editor. Mrs. Frier gave the class a tour of the facility, explained the weekly routine of the paper, introduced some of the staff, spoke about her career with the Republican and encouraged the class to get involved with their local newspaper.

Bob SimmonsThe second stop was KDNK, Langdon's local radio station, where the class meet with Bob Simmons, owner of Simmons Broadcasting. Mr. Simmons spoke to the class about the start of Simmons Broadcasting and how the business has expanded. Tyrone Johnson, the marketing salesmen for Simmons Broadcasting, also visited with the RLND class and spoke about the importance of building relationships with customers.   Mr. Simmons took the group around the KDNK studio while talking about the day to day operations. At the end of the tours, the group headed back to the research center. Eric Roder

Eric Roder, president of Cavalier County Farm Bureau, gave a presentation on what North Dakota Farm Bureau is and why it is important. After Mr. Roder's presentation the RLND group had a quick overview of the weekend and decided to cancel the remaining time of the seminar due to adverse weather conditions. 


by Jen Jordan and Kim Schuler

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