The Key to

Effective Public Outreach

and lasting stakeholder buy-in


Don’t let your work be stopped by:



Misinformation and Rumors

Grandstanding at Public Meeting

Misunderstanding Your Technical Work

Budget Constraints

Public Distrust

Silent Majority

Political Gridlock


40+ Years of Experience.  40,000+ Professionals Trained.

"Practical and Implementable"

“This course is one of the most practical and implementable I have seen.”

-John Lucas, Supervisor of Training Design, Pennsylvania Power and Light Co.

"Two of my biggest opponents -- are now two of my biggest supporters!"

“Since taking both of your courses (SDIC and CPO), I have made some very controversial projects move forward where, in the past, we have stalled. My two biggest opponents — both of whom originally greeted my proposal with ‘Over My Dead Body’ — are now two of my biggest supporters! – Roland Hawk, Wisconsin Department of Transportation





“This is beyond any course I’ve taken. Excellent!”  – Ruth Boettcher, Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fish

"It is scary how well SDIC works!"



“I have to be careful what I ask for — it is scary how well SDIC works!” – Rick Manchester, Parks and Recreation Director and “Implementation Genius wanna-be”, City of Two Rivers, WI


"Really enjoyed -- when 'tools' were introduced"


“Really enjoyed the second day when ‘tools’ were introduced.” Abby Alway, Program Coordinator, City of Eugene





“High caliber” Amber Beu, Senior Planner, Lane County, OR



“Engaging, rational, interactive” – Molly Markarian, Senior Planner, City of Springfield, OR


"Great Info"

“Great info. Thank you for sharing and developing.” – Chad Cramer, Urban Designer, City of Eugene


"I really enjoyed the assignments"

“I enjoyed the assignments and working with colleagues.” – Jennifer Knapp, Urban Designer, City of Eugene


"Very Detailed"

“Very detailed, with good materials to takeaway and lots of examples.” – Melinda McLaughlin, Public Information Director, City of Eugene Police


"Real-World Examples"

“Loved all the real-world examples and stories.” – Lindsey Eichner, Senior Planner, Lane County, OR


"Very Helpful"

“Very helpful information. I’m hopeful for future and pending projects.” – Lindsey Eichner, Senior Planner, Lane County, OR



“Thanks again for outstanding training; I’m looking forward to devoting some time to further study.” – Tim Ingalls, Land Manager, Amarillo, TX


"I've already used (it)"

“I’ve already used some of the specific tools (along with Hans’ ideas) to begin to lay the groundwork for my upcoming ‘working group’.” – Mark Weston, Director, Division of Conservation, Colorado



“Thank you for continuing the effort to help folks like me make progress on issues that matter to so many.” – Jimmy Fox, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, AK


"(Our) communication strategy has vastly improved"

“(Our) internal and external stakeholder communication strategy has been vastly improved.” – Courtenay Sprunger, Big Sky Public Relations, Montana



“Very useful. Looking forward to brush up on some of the SDIC and CPO training.” – Neil Nance, Sacramento Regional Transit District


"We developed significant buy-in"

“For a major, 13 million dollar project at the food co-op I was managing at the time, we developed very significant buy-in from our diverse membership of over 7,000 members.” – Alex Gyori, Earth Bridge Community Land Trust, Inc.


"We use this process"

“We use this process for any major outreach effort.” – Cindy Hollenberg, New Mexico Environment Dept.


"Consent is a huge component of this success"

“Critical. We work with stakeholders daily and helping build Consent is a huge component of this success.” – Kathryn Klietz, Big Sky Public Relations, Montana


"It made me unafraid to engage people"

“It has made me unafraid to engage people because I know I have the tools to get them on board with our projects.” – Kylie Pierce, Rome Capitol Arts Complex, New York


"Revolutionized my thinking"

“Revolutionized my thinking and approach to community engagement.” – Henrietta DeGroot, Udall Foundation


"Already thinking ahead"

“Just learned it but already thinking ahead to important ways it will be used!” – Sandy Young Klindt, Jeff-Lewis BOCES School Board, NY


"I've helped many communities"

“I’ve been able to help many communities and organizations define and implement some of their visions.” – Hugh Osborne, National Parks Service


"It simply works!"

“It simply works! It works simply.” – Richard Colgan, Austin, TX


"The training was great"

“The training was great – I’m looking forward to using the knowledge we learned in the session in my day to day work!” – Becky Smith, Regional Communications Manager, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Canada


"Genius... for overcoming NIMBYs"

“Consent-Building is very systematic and structured per the Bleikers’ training, yet it’s flexible for effectively overcoming NIMBYs, naysayers, and competing politics. Bleiker’s work is genius. The real magic happens in the training.” – Kenneth Ray, RJS Justice Services, Ashland, KY


Public-Sector Work Is more Difficult

(without a proven strategy)

Communicating Your Technical Work

The public CAN understand your technical, even scientific, work. There are specific steps to get stakeholders and policymakers to understand your recommendations.

Who IS Your Public?

And who isn’t? Do you need to inform everyone about everything?  Know why the Silent Majority doesn’t engage until late in the process?  And why opponents are the most engaged?

Proven Outreach Method

If the public doesn’t understand your work, your effectiveness is at stake. No matter your area of expertise, our approach is proven to make you highly effective.


Get insights and practical guidance through our different levels of training

Monthly Webinar Clinics

Get clarity on dealing with unique challenges of public-sector work in an hour or less. Each gives you help on specific issues. Join us live or stream 125+ recordings for on-demand help. Get in touch for a free week of access!

Introductory Course

Learn the fundamentals of getting your fiercest opponents to understand your work, and decide NOT to fight you. (In-person courses are currently postponed. This course will be offered online soon.)

Private Coaching

Once you’ve had our introductory course, we’ll help apply it to your work. Watch controversy and political gridlock dissolve as you get projects, regulations, and policies implemented AND the public’s respect!

Become Exceptionally Effective

You AND the Public Benefit