'Have something to bring to the table!'
This question split the room. There was consensus that solid technical skills were essential for development professionals. Government participants generally placed a higher value on technical expertise, whereas Pacific leaders and development practitioners stressed that having technical skills to the exclusion of relationship skills and a 'can do' attitude was a recipe for a disaster. The room was stumped on the question of whether or not such ‘soft skills’ could be taught and kept revisiting this through the night.