Managing Difficult Conversations with Constituents, a Braver Angels Workshop

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With the upcoming 2024 elections, there is increased anxiety around the current political polarization in our communities.

Join your public service colleagues from across the state for this workshop, which will equip you with practical tools you can use when a constituent, colleague, or community member tells you how wrong you are and how you should change course.

By attending this workshop, you will learn skills that can help you:

  • Feel more confident in your role as an elected or appointed leader.
  • Better soften critics.
  • Find common ground.
  • Reduce the rancor in our increasingly divisive environment.

This course is brought to you through a collaboration between Braver Angels, the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Townships, the Minnesota School Boards Association, and the Association of Minnesota Counties.

Please note: This course is recommended for those who did not participate in the 2023 workshops of the same name, or those looking for a refresher in skills.


Elected officials



Braver Angels Facilitators:

  • Bill Doherty, University of Minnesota professor and Braver Angels founder
  • Lucy Gerold, retired Minneapolis police commander
  • JoAnn Ward, retired Minnesota legislator


Choose one of the following workshops:

Wednesday, May 8 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Springfield Community Center
33 S. Cass Avenue
Springfield, MN 56087

Wednesday, May 15 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Northeast Service Cooperative
5525 Emerald Avenue
Mountain Iron, MN 55768

Wednesday, May 22 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center
8395 127th St. E
Hastings, MN 55033

Wednesday, May 29 (1-3:30 p.m.)
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
1001 East Mount Faith
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Space is limited to 50 registrants per workshop.

Register on the Association of Minnesota Counties website