Stakeholder Engagement and Effective Communication


Wednesday, 17th - Thursday, 18th October 2018

Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Dairy Rd, Fyshwick, ACT 2609, Canberra

Event Details:

Practical, accessible, inspirational and fun – this 2-day workshop will share with you tips, techniques and tools we use on a daily basis to engage stakeholders and communicate effectively. We will support and encourage you to try the techniques for yourselves, as well as preparing and delivering a presentation about an aspect of your work.

Explore our favourite
group collaboration methods

Explore our favourite facilitation methods, presentation skills, event planning and communication approaches that are designed to get the best out of the groups you are working with.

Extend your reach online
with web and social media

Gain insights into the world of web and social media and practical tips on how we can use these platforms to reach wider, influential audiences.

Use real-life communication projects
you’re working on

By bringing along a current stakeholder or communication project that we can work with you on together, you can go back to your organisation with a clear idea about the next steps to take.

Please Note: Flights + Accommodation not included, we’ve recommended accommodation options below.

Feedback from the previous workshop

(you can read the full recap here)

“This training course is captivating and provides very useful tools and practical skills. The knowledge I have gained will help me create partnerships and meaningful relationships throughout my entire career.” – Briony Papps, Department of Environment

“I enjoyed the whole two days; meeting and networking, team exercises, icebreakers, bird watching, TED talks, presentations… fantastic experience with great inspiring presenters” – Emma Belford, Soil Conservation Service

“A great way to connect with like-minded people and learn how to communicate effectively. I really enjoyed the tasks on the ‘why’ (very insightful), and also some of the social media strategies.” – Lucy Wenger, Greening Australia


Siwan Lovett

Siwan has been working in natural resources management for the past twenty years, focusing mainly on research and science communication for river management.  She has a PhD from the Australian National University in public policy, majoring in sociology and administration.  In 2008, she undertook a Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship to Europe to investigate the feasibility of establishing an Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC), and she is now Managing Director of the ARRC, an organisation she is proud to have established. When not out on the river she facilitates workshops on storytelling, leadership and mentoring.  Siwan produces the RipRap Magazine, as well as managing the Rivers of Carbon Program. She also facilitates the Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Program and the Waterway Management Mentoring Program.

Siwan will be your guide throughout the workshop, specialising in stakeholder engagement, facilitation, science translation and meaningful communication.

Pat Gudhka

Enthusiastic, progressive and motivated. Pat is the digital wizard behind the ARRC, ensuring the science and the stories we share reaches the right audience through technology. He enjoys getting to develop the digital ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ for every project, offering value to anyone working in natural resource management who wants to share knowledge and empower others.

Lori Gould

Lori has worked in Natural Resource Management for 18 years – in ACT Parks and Conservation Service for six years as a Ranger, and Greening Australia Capital Region for 12 years as a project manager, specialising in riparian rehabilitation projects, managing projects focussed on engaging the community in improving biodiversity, linking vegetation, addressing salinity, etc. Currently she manages the Jerrabomberra Wetlands and is the on-ground Program Manager for Rivers of Carbon, a program she and Siwan co-founded six years ago.

Lori is practical, approachable and a great person to talk to about all things riparian. She is a skilled community practitioner and is always willing to share her experiences with others.

Workshop Agenda

Day One: Wednesday 17th October


Effective communication

  • Looking at the ‘why’ ,’how’ and ‘what’ of communication.
  • Harnessing the power of storytelling
  • Sharing your story with a great presentation

Using websites and social media to communicate effectively

  • Knowing your digital audience
  • Thinking about their journey and creating a flow
  • Testing, observing and iterating

Investing in yourself and your abilities

  • Identifying your strengths
  • Prioritising your happiness

Day Two: Thursday 18th October


Recap and reflect

  • Using reflection exercises as part of your engagement strategy

Engaging stakeholders

  • Interactive session trialling different tools and techniques
  • Collaborative group exercises and individual engagement approaches

Bringing it all together

  • Question and answer on workshop content
  • Implementing content when you get back to your work
  • Staying in touch

Finish – 3.00pm

Questions you might have

Will you organise airport transfers?

Unfortunately, we won’t organise airport transfers, however we recommend using Uber as the workshop location is 10 minutes from the airport.

Will you provide accommodation?

We will not be organising accommodation for this event, however there are plenty of accommodation options, including the following:

Will you provide catering?

Yes, catering is covered for the two days including a dinner on Day One that everyone is encouraged to attend.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?

  • An open mind and sense of fun.
  • A project you are working on that you are happy to share with the group
  • Five photos that relate to your project (and can be used in powerpoint)

Should I attend alone or bring someone with me?

Up to you, it is always good to share an experience with someone you work with closely 🙂

Join the waitlist!

The workshop is limited to 12 people to allow for every attendee to get personalised attention and mentoring. Our October workshop is now full although we will be running workshops in 2019. If you are interested, please add your details below and we’ll share an update later this year.