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 sure, you’re probably trying to decide why and what to do next.

Building Coalitions
If you’ve done all you can and determined the relationship is strong and “ready” for you to make the ask, but you’re still not getting a response, perhaps it’s time to consider building a coalition of support that extends beyond your community or organization.

It’s likely there are other advocates that have similar or even the same goals as you. They may have a stronger relationship with the lawmaker, and if you’re all trying to reach the same goal, their connection can go a long way to help you.

Often, legislation can have far reaching consequences that go beyond city borders or affect more than one organization. So don’t hesitate to contact local leaders you know  outside your service boundaries. Doing this demonstrates that you not only care about your customers or constituents, but the population at large that will benefit by a positive outcome of the legislation.

A word of caution before doing this…Remember, you need to have a relationship with the advocates that are part of the organization (or know someone who can make an introduction) before you ask them to help you! While this may take longer to develop, you’ll find it is well worth the time and effort.

Forging these relationships and striving to reach a common goal, can result in relationships that help you provide services to your customers or constituents better than if you’re working alone.

Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy

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