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8.2 Basic techniques

Seriousness, reliability and credibility are the basis for any discussion and lie behind all efforts to change existing situations. Criticism alone is not helpful: only in combination with the introduction of alternative solutions is a dialogue between stakeholders productive. In any discussion, it is important to have reasonable and reliable arguments and to be well-informed. Thus it is essential to conduct research on the issue under discussion in order to convince others, and this accordingly represents the first step of preparation for advocacy or lobbying activities. Research is not only helpful in finding and defining one’s own position, but also in gathering information on the opinions of others (not only possible allies, but also opponents). The second step is to communicate the results of the research and the position reached. Communication is fundamental to attract listeners, to change situations and to solve problems. As a result, the method of communication requires thorough planning and preparation.

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