Monthly Archives: October 2017

They Won’t Talk to Me!

You’ve invested time and effort to build a relationship with leaders, established your priorities and now think you’re ready to ask for what you want. So you pick up the phone or send an email to make an appointment and discuss your priorities. But after several attempts you’re not getting any response. Frustrating to be […]

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The Last Word on Relationships

You’re only limited by your imagination. This is a phrase I’ve used often to talk about  advocacy. And while I’ll discuss many more strategies, below are some final thoughts and ideas about building a relationship with those you’re trying to influence. Publicly show your support. If you chosen to support one or more of their […]

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Relationship Strategies – A Checklist for Advocates

One of the first rules of thumb when it comes to building the relationship is you have to offer something before you can ask for something. The following strategies will go a very long way in developing that relationship: How can I help you? A simple question that means a lot. If you’re trying to […]

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Friends First

Do you remember when you became friends with someone? How exciting it was to hang out and talk for hours and learn how much you had in common. And eventually that person became a trusted confidant, perhaps an advisor and best friend. It’s likely that trusted friend didn’t become so overnight. You had to spend […]

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The Secret to Advocacy Success

I’m often asked about my definition of advocacy. So here it is: Advocacy is the process of building and strengthening relationships with those we are trying to influence, and then utilizing that relationship (in a good way) to ask for and accomplish what we want. A friend and much respected colleague, Scott Dudley, Director of […]

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The Journey’s Roadblocks

#7 – We Already have a Professional Lobbyist and they know much more than I do. Professional lobbyists can be a great asset for your city or organization, and there are many that do a great job. However the key point is many. In the state of Florida alone, there are over 4,000 registered lobbyists.  […]

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