Deidre Alves is IRWA’s Chief Learning Officer.
BRIAN TAYLOR, SR/ WA
1. What is the most
rewarding part of
instructing for the IRWA?
Without a doubt, the most
rewarding part of instructing
is getting to work with our
people, who are all great
industry experts in a variety of locations. I always love
instructing and each time I teach a class, the participants
give me a whole new set of stories of their experiences—
it is great getting to know and work with folks from
different industries, regions, religions, countries, etc. I
have been fortunate to teach folks from the arctic to the
equator. I have taught employees with oil companies,
government bureaucrats and appraisers from Canada to
the Middle East. With each class, I enjoy spending time
to strip away any layers of differences and recognize
that at our core, we’re all people. We’re people who care
about our families, want to enjoy our time and wish to
leave the world a better place.
2. IRWA’s purpose is to improve the quality
of life through infrastructure development.
As an instructor, how do you contribute to
the fulfillment of this purpose?
For me, one of the greatest benefits of belonging to
an association is the ability to ensure that everyone is
treated fairly and with respect. This applies internally
between our members and in how we interact with the
public. Even though I work for a government agency, I
am confident that members of my department provide
the same level of professionalism and expertise when
interacting with the public as they would with any other
IRWA member company.
This is where my role as an instructor directly ties
in. I am involved in instructing a range of topics,
including technical appraisal courses, negotiation
and communications, as well as ethical standards. My
responsibility as an instructor is to ensure our education
participants understand early on what is expected from
them in the right of way industry, both from a technical
side of how we do things and especially how we all
interact with the public.
best in class
3. What is the most important thing you
would you like your future students to
know upon entering your class?
I begin every class advising the group that it is a busy
schedule and a “mentally full’ day. I expect everyone
to regularly contribute to group discussions and give
examples of how the topic has affected them in the
past. In other words, if anyone was planning to sit here
for the day listening to me talk so they can zone out –
they are in the wrong room.
This has always been a well-received comment and I
have always had a good, well-engaged group. We have
a lot of fun and cover a broad range of discussions
on the course topic. At the end of the class, everyone
leaves feeling good about the volume, depth of
material and examples that we, as a group, discussed.
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