Building high energy relationships at Backyards & Beyond

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Aug 11, 2015

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Attendees at this October’s Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, are going to learn about building high energy relationships from a fire chief whose experience with wildfire preparedness and prescribed fire taught him how to harness “win-win” results for his community. 

The keynote speaker is Fire Chief George Baker, Ret., of Mashpee, MA, who will explain the ups and downs to the success of the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Management and Fuels Reduction program based on Bruce Schneider's Core Energy model of seven levels of energy and four George Bakerenergy blocks.

For some backstory, I spoke with Chief Baker and he shared that a great lesson from his fire service days – which he will present in Myrtle Beach – was his initial view on prescribed fire requests from a “win-lose” prospective.  As he put it, “They” wanted to burn and he opposed the plans because he saw the introduction of fire as high risk. 

Chief Baker explained that when he instead began to see “They” as “Us” and the ability for two sides to have different approaches to the same goal that he moved to a “win-win” focus, gaining an environmental win for the refuge and a win for fuel reduction that decreased fire risk to the community. 

His keynote will explain how to positively engage yourself to get others in your community to win.  Attendees will leave with an understanding that “how they show up” can power a group to success.

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Learn about the pre-conference training classes; the various educational sessions and focus tracks that will be held over the three days; and the keynote and featured presentations planned for the conference.  

Register for the conference online and secure your spot today.