A huge learning this week was how to present to and communicate with the public, bearing in mind that they may have no prior knowledge of the projects and where they are located. If you can’t explain the idea clearly, maybe there’s something not quite right about it. In addition, managing and delivering information in bite sized chunks is vital in order not to loose your audience.
It was also very interesting to see how people react to visuals (posters, maps, photos, printed text) in relation to spoken word. The idea of presenting without any visual support would be very challenging and argues for the importance in getting communication right.
Another very important learning was how to listen attentively and be able to interpret the feedback and suggestions given. Two way dialogue brought a lot of insightful information from many different people.