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Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Bob Chandler

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Dr. Bob Chandler | professor | Lipscomb University

DRJ Spring 2019 | Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | General Session 1 | 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Bob Chandler, an internationally recognized expert on topics related to disaster, crisis, and emergency contexts, will be a speaker at DRJ Spring 2019.

Chandler is scheduled to give two presentations at the spring conference in Orlando. First, he will conduct his general session presentation titled, “Envisioning 20/20 Foresight in an Uncertain World: Considering Crisis Management Predictive Planning and Decision Making.” He will also present the conference workshop, “Personal Resilience in an Uncertain World: A Learning Workshop on Situational Awareness.”

Chandler’s areas of expertise include aspects of communication, leadership, decision making, team and group communication, crisis and emergency communication, message composition, audience variables and meaning, and comprehension and understanding.

“We must strive to understand human performance and decision making so that we can make better decisions at times when our decisions matter the most,” says Chandler.

He is a visiting professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville where he founded the Forum on Crisis and Consequence Management. He also oversees graduate academic and professional development educational offerings in health communication, crisis and consequence management, crisis and emergency communication, public relations, advertising, intercultural communication, and organizational communication.

At DRJ Spring 2018, Chandler’s general session on foresight for predictive planning and decision making will provide professionals with insight on making critical decisions in challenging conditions. The session will focus on strategies and processes available to decisionmakers so they can better predict anticipated contexts and available options in highly uncertain times.

Chandler’s workshop will focus on situational awareness and involves the critical sensory perception and analysis of environmental elements with respect to context, the recognition and comprehension of their meanings and implications, and the projection of their dynamic status, particularly after variables or factors have changed.

This session and workshop will both be informative and engaging and provide the opportunity for a question-and-answer segment at the conclusion of each.

Chandler has worked in the business continuity and disaster recovery profession for almost 40 years. He is also a researcher, scholar, and teacher by profession, and he uses these skills during presentations to make them both meaningful and useful. He is a trainer and consultant on a wide range of human performance issues during non-routine and extreme contexts, particularly involving aspects of human cognitive and behavioral performance. He founded AVINDEX, a crisis and consequence management consulting company. He works collaboratively with other vendors and professional service providers to serve a wide range of clients.

In addition, Chandler is an author, co-author, or editor of nine books and more than 175 academic and professional papers.

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