Every year Collegiate Farm Bureau puts on an agriculture forum. This forum brings in local legislators, community people, professors and students alike to have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the political representatives. This year Collegiate Farm Bureau brought in Senator Roy Blunt and Congressmen Billy Long. This year they chose the Vice President of Missouri Farm Bureau Todd Hayes to be the moderator. Samantha Warner, the collegiate president, and Dr. Anson Elliott, Head of the Agriculture School, also took time to say a few words.
In years past I had not noticed what an important event this was for the School of Agriculture. I just saw it as an annual event. This year I noticed it was all about relationships. It is important to take the time to focus on the relational side of the forum and what that says about the parties involved.
I saw this forum as a way for everyone to maintain the relationships that have existed for so long across multiple levels. Relational maintenance behaviors where shown by almost everyone at the forum. Of course, both the political figures where positive. When they answered questions they were always sure to leave it on a positive note since direct question and answer time does not happen often and they need to keep it positive so attendees remember them in a positive manner.
There was also a lot of assurance happening. Samantha addressed the audience at the beginning for a welcome and a thank you at the end. She of course had the responsibility of maintaining assurances for all aspects of the room; faculty, politicians, community members and of course her peers, the students. A social network was also a part in the evening. Professional, personal and acquaintance contacts were at the forum as well. I saw people I knew from across the board at the event, people that I know through personal contact, professional experiences and academically. Maintaining behaviors happens when you assure others, stay positive and introduce others into your social network.
This is just one great example how you can take every opportunity you have an make it into something meaningful to you.