As Extension professionals, we often engage clients who need help with complex, laden issues. This article lays out five simple communication techniques that can be used by Extension professionals when engaging clients. By deploying these techniques, Extension professionals can direct discussions, reduce fears and tensions, address underlying values, and help clients discover unanticipated opportunities. If these communication techniques are successfully deployed, Extension professionals can make their clients comfortable and confident when participating in Extension programs.
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Bardon, R., Meyer, N., Moore, S., Overholt, G., Peterson, G., Simon-Brown, V., Smith, S. S., Stortz, P. J., & Vandenberg, L. (2009). Communication Techniques for Initiating Discussion About Complex Value-Laden Issues. The Journal of Extension, 47(1), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss1/14