Improving advocacy and messaging: SMART Education Department holds Effective Communication II class

June 24, 2024

A group picture of attendees of the SMART Education Department's Effective Communication II class
Attendees of the SMART Education Department Effective Communication II class

The SMART Education Department held its Effective Communication II class in Pittsburgh, Pa., during the week of June 3rd. Effective Communication II focuses on improving and applying the public speaking skills learned by attendees in Effective Communication I, helping SMART members better represent members and advocate for union workers in a variety of spaces.

In Pittsburgh, participants worked in different groups to build a branding campaign for SMART, develop talking points for a news program, reframe statements to better support labor and debate controversial topics; they also engaged in a lobbying simulation, among other activities.

“The participants did a fantastic job working with their ever-changing groups throughout the week,” said SMART International Instructor Richard Mangelsdorf. “Congratulations to group two for coming out on top in the ‘Win as much as you can’ exercise!”