Communications, Media and Spokesperson Training

April 21-22, 2020 - Manhattan, KS


A generic approach to communication does not work in today’s information climate. Each market poses unique challenges and opportunities to engage. KFB members must be able to provide credible information and share their own story of agriculture through various outlets. This training will aim to provide our members with the skills necessary to use their stories, statistics, and key messages to make their messages stand out and connect with relevant audiences.

Participants will:

  1. Learn how to identify, organize and project key messages with clarity, confidence and passion.
  2. Gain skills to help increase comfort levels when talking to various audiences, such as formal presentations, media and legislative formats.
  3. Hear best practices of media and speaking do’s and don’ts.
  4. Discover how to best handle unexpected and challenging questions.
  5. Practice creating and delivering messages for different formats – formal presentations, various forms of media, social media and legislative testimony.


  • Applicant shall be a member in good standing with their county Farm Bureau.
  • Applicant shall be a voting Farm Bureau member.
  • Applicant shall complete an application and be willing to meet all time commitments associated with the program held at KFB offices in Manhattan beginning at 1p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 and ending the evening of Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Program Requirements

Participants will be screened from an application-based process. Applicants must be willing and able to be part of KFB’s internal network of spokespeople to use for media, legislative testimony and social media purposes.

After selection, participants will be asked to select an issue or challenge (from a selection) facing agriculture as a platform for the training. Prior to the training, participants will prepare a three-minute speech covering the importance of the issue and why it affects farmers and ranchers in Kansas. They will deliver the prepared presentation, receive feedback, and utilize this as a platform for applications through media, social media and legislative testimony.

Proposed Training Agenda

The CMS training will be held at the KFB offices located in Manhattan. Lodging will be provided for two nights and meals during the program are covered.


Tuesday, April 21:

1:00 p.m.         Welcome, overview of expectations, introduction of participants
1:30 p.m.         Delivery of prepared speeches
2:30 p.m.         Break
2:45 p.m.         Telling Your Story
4:00 p.m.         Presentation Skills
5:30 p.m.         Break for Dinner
7:00 p.m.         Preparing Your Speech
8:30 p.m.         Adjourn
Evening           Preparation for final presentations


Wednesday, April 22:

8:00 a.m.         Media Training
9:30 a.m.         Media Practice (breaks as schedules allow)
11:00 a.m.       Social Media Training
12:00 p.m.       Break for lunch (including continued media practice)
1:30 p.m.         Legislative Testimony
3:00 p.m.         Final presentation with time for Q&A
5:00 p.m.         Closing and Call to Action by KFB President and/or CEO
6:00 p.m.         Group celebration dinner



Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 18, 2020

For questions about the training or application, please contact Meagan Cramer at 785-587-6821 or