The 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety is an important chance to network and ask questions. Here is our short guide to making the most of these opportunities.
Have your questions ready and know what you want to say in a concise way.
CHOOSE YOUR OPPORTUNITY
Depending on your question, decide whether you will get a more meaningful response by raising your question in a session or by seeking a conversation with a specific delegate.
Listen to what is said in the sessions and how it relates to your situation and questions.
Time is limited so it is important to be as relevant as possible. Listen to what the session is about and do your best to direct your question toward that topic. Ask general, open questions which generate discussion and invite answers that will be relevant in a number of different and varied contexts to ensure the answer is relevant for most, if not all, people in the room. Keep your questions as succinct and direct as possible. This will ensure that everyone in the room is able to follow what you are saying, and your questions are more likely to be answered if those you are asking fully understand what you want to know. Try not to make statements, but instead ask questions that will spur discussion.
If there is a particular discussion you would like to have with a minister or government representative, it may be better to wait until the session is over and take the discussion with them privately. This way, you can address specific issues with them and engage in a more meaningful and satisfactory conversation.
ASK DON’T STATE
If asking a question in a main session, make sure that what you say enables the speakers to respond.
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