Christopher Hopkins Leads Webinar with the SME Webinar Series

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Christopher Hopkins, Senior Vice President for the Saint Consulting Group will lead a seminar on “Running with Scissors, How to Avoid Self-Inflicted Wounds during the the Permitting Process” as part of the SME Webinar Series.

Public support is not a spigot that can be turned off and on at a desired moment and time. Support for a project, especially a controversial project, needs to be nurtured and takes time, patience and education to develop. When working with the public you need to avoid costly mistakes as you progress through the process, and if you make a mistake, identify it and take corrective action.

The webinar will focus on how to avoid mistakes that could turn public support and ultimately the decision makers against your project. The seminar will also focus on the topic of ‘Ten Commandments’ of dealing with an angry voter and ‘The 12 Rules for Dealing with Reporters’ taken from the joint MIT/Saint Consulting course on land use politics taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate.

Chris has been a frequent guest lecturer at graduate programs in mining at several other prestigious universities as well, including the University of Utah, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. His articles are routinely published in industry trade journals.

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