It is important to remember that stakeholder expectations are sometimes expressed indirectly. Local culture and legal application procedures may restrict certain expectations from being expressed. Many countries have legal frameworks to prevent projects that are in the interests of the general public from being stopped by local residents. Expectations can only be met if you are able to “read between the lines”. This may prevent such arguments from escalating.
Reading between the lines is also applicable to real ecological considerations. A clean environment is important, but not the only important aspect of human development. Ensure a balanced representation of interests during all stakeholder meetings and differentiate between facts and opinions.
A short conversation may be long enough for giving adequate advice on stakeholder management, but usually it takes more time. A single conversation is sufficient to confirm that you have already taken the right steps or to conclude that my advice has no added value for your organization. Otherwise, a short conversation could be the basis for a follow-up meeting. Unless a lot of time is involved in traveling, such a conversation is therefore free of charge.