Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Journey’s Roadblocks

#6 – Politics is Sleazy. Hopefully, you don’t really believe this. But if you do, then spend a few moments asking yourself why you feel this way. Is it because of what you see on television or read in print or on social media? If that’s the case, remember you’re only get a very brief […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

#5 – Advocacy doesn’t make a difference, so I shouldn’t bother. This is another perception that simply isn’t true. In fact it couldn’t be further from the truth. On many occasions, lawmakers are looking to you (or a lobbyist) to help educate them on an issue and help them determine how to vote! During the […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

#4 – I don’t know the issues well enough. When I began my career in public service, the lesson I learned (and hopefully you will too) very quickly was I couldn’t be an expert on everything. I had to prioritize the issues I would advocate on and so should you. If you’re new to advocacy, […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

#3 – Only the Experienced Can Engage in Advocacy This is simply not true, so don’t let this excuse get in your way. Anyone can get involved in advocacy and be successful. Think back to when you joined your organization or ran a campaign for public office. Find that passion that led you to get […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

#2 – I Don’t Know the Person I’m Trying to Influence This roadblock can be the result of many things. If they are newly elected to public office, just appointed to oversee your organization, newly hired, or a new volunteeror board member, you may not know them very well or at all. You need to […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

When you work in or volunteer for an organization or are involved in public service, you’re life can get crazy! This is especially true if you’ve also got a family and career to manage. You have to find time and balance for the different “hats” you wear. This is not always easy, which means time […]

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The Advocacy Test – Are You Ready?

In Florida, the 2018 state legislative session is scheduled to begin in January, 2018. This means interim committee weeks start in October. But whether you’re a Floridian or preparing for Session in any state, taking the Advocacy Test will help you identify any shortcomings in your own advocacy efforts.  Once you’ve done that, you can […]

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The Journey Begins

My advocacy journey began back in March, 2004 when I was elected to the City Council in Apopka, Florida. After beating a sixteen year incumbent by only five votes in my first election, I was successfully re-elected four years later, earning almost seventy percent of the votes. It was one of the greatest honors in […]

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