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Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

Let's Talk Parks Podcast: Stories of Purpose-Driven Parks and Recreation Professionals Let's Talk Parks

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    • 4.8 • 26 Ratings

Sharing the stories of purpose-driven Parks and Recreation professionals. We believe every professional has the potential to make a difference in their organization and in their communities. These are the stories of the future leaders who are navigating their career and finding their purpose through Parks and Recreation. (Previously: Becky Talks Parks)

    Have more fun at work

    Have more fun at work

    We're wrapping up season 3 with an episode about FUN. In this episode, Marissa and Becky discuss ten different ways to have more fun at work. Join our newsletter and follow us on Instagram for more content like this! Be back in August!

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    • 26 min
    Advantages of Parent Involvement During the Hiring Process

    Advantages of Parent Involvement During the Hiring Process

    Marissa sat down with Corrine Daut, Recreation Coordinator at Raymore Parks and Recreation to discuss the challenges and advantages of hiring entry level staff...and sometimes their parents too.   

    This episode came about when Marissa was reading through a thread on the Women in Parks and Recreation Facebook page. The discussion was about interviewing and hiring seasonal staff after their parents had involved themselves in the application process. Even as younger professionals ourselves, we can sometimes have biases against other generations and what comes with them when they apply as our support staff. Not all interactions with parents of our staff has to be negative. It can be to the benefit of the staff member as well as the district for parents to get involved in the hiring process. 




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    • 20 min
    Gaining Influence In Your Agency with Chris Dropinski

    Gaining Influence In Your Agency with Chris Dropinski

    It's in our DNA to want more influence. Especially as Parks & Recreation professionals, we want our voice to be heard.  We want our share our ideas, relay insights from our patrons, and be respected as a leader in our agencies.  

    Too often, we wait for a promotion or status to decide that we have *enough* power to influence.  But as Chris Dropinski points out in this week's episode, real power is something that is earned, not given. "Effective influencing is a skill and a very valuable one; power is not a skill, it is a result."  

    This means that TODAY we each have an opportunity to influence others.  In fact, we influence all the time.  Everything we do can cause a chain reaction - just imagine the impact you've already made.

    Knowing that you already have influence, the key now is to use it for good.  This week's episode is an in-depth conversation around how to influence without alienating others. Enjoy!  

    Meet Chris Dropinski: Her current role as co-owner and Senior Principal at GreenPlay, spanning 20 years, builds on a strong foundation of 24 years of Parks and Recreation administration with nearly half of that as Director of the City of Boulder, Colorado, Parks and Recreation Department.  Armed with a teaching degree in addition to her P&R Administration degree, Chris has passionately helped move our profession forward, taking advantage of opportunities to serve in leadership and faculty positions ranging from non-profits and foundations, to the NRPA Rocky Mountain Revenue and Management School, and the National Association of Park Foundations.

    As a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive, a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and experienced consultant she continues to help organizations remain relevant in our ever-changing environment.  Living in Colorado with her husband Mike is extraordinary, and motherhood has been the joy of her life.


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    • 51 min
    Managing Public Complaints (and your sanity)!

    Managing Public Complaints (and your sanity)!

    When you work in local government, you are bound to run into complaints and less-than-positive feedback. That's just part of the territory as a Parks and Recreation professional. But if you're someone who truly cares, It can be hard not to personalize their comments. In this episode, I go over 6 tips around how to overcome public complaints so that you can use them as motivation and learning experiences.


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    • 39 min
    Take Action! Making Progress Through Red Tape

    Take Action! Making Progress Through Red Tape

    In this episode, Marissa and Becky discuss how we have found success in moving ideas forward in the field of Parks and Rec.  We talk about the barriers of red tape, the surprising pros and cons of it, and how to move past it.  We hope this episode is useful if you've been wanting to make progress on an idea or program, but haven't made traction.  Sometimes just changing your mindset can give you new energy and perspectives to keep going. 


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    • 30 min
    What's it like to be a consultant in the field?

    What's it like to be a consultant in the field?

    It seems I've been getting more questions about being a consultant in the field, so in this episode I talk about why you might consider moving into a consultant role.  As a project consultant for GreenPlay LLC for the last five years, I feel very fortunate to work for a company that provides a great and supportive workplace culture. Although every role is different, I wanted to share my own personal experience so you can see if it might be a good fit for you. 










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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Amanda D'Agostino ,

Everything I wanted (and need) in a Parks Podcast

This podcast is great for people of all backgrounds. I am a current student and wanted to know more about what other professionals are doing. It gives you a great idea of the wide range of positions and ideas in the field of Parks and Recreation. I've learned so much by listening!

AliM1979 ,

Parks, Parks, Park!

All parks, all the time! We need this podcast, now more than ever. Kudos to Becky and team for highlighting incredible work happening in parks and recreation agencies across the country. Listen in for ideas or inspiration-I typically get both.

ksgrosh ,

Thank you!

As I started working a Parks+Rec job during COVID and its relative isolation, this podcast has helped me connect with others in the field and given me a sense of community. Thanks for the diversity of content and being a wonderful resource!

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