That’s right YOU! Because despite the myths or public perception, the voice of the constituent is the most powerful one a lawmaker at any level of government wants and needs to hear. But I do know that when it comes to advocacy, it’s easy to get complacent during the summer. I get it/ With candidates focused on campaigns and families focused on vacations, it seems like there’s nothing to do that’s worth the time and effort. BUT THERE IS!
And your voice and engagement should start in your own backyard. So here are some tips to keep you busy and engaged this summer without ever having to leave your community!
Continue to Build the Relationship with your Local Elected Officials – These are the people that make the decisions that have more of an impact on your daily life than any other level of government. So I ask you…Can you really afford NOT to make an effort to get to know them?
A strong relationship with your local leaders is just as important as the one you develop with state legislators. They are counting on you to keep them informed of issues affecting your business, organization or neighborhood. So invite them for a cup of coffee to talk about what’s going on.
Be an Informed Advocate – Attend council meetings, and most especially those meetings when they’re discussing the budget. This is a great strategy to learn about the fiscal health/challenges facing your community in the coming year.
Consider joining a citizen advisory board if your schedule permits – This is an excellent way to stay informed about what’s happening in your city and to actively participate in shaping its future. Your local government is always looking for citizens that want to get involved. And when the time is right, this means you can communicate that information with legislators.
Help your Neighbors Be Informed – Work, school, family, civic or public service. These may be just a few of the many “hats” you wear every day. And it’s likely your colleagues or neighbors are the same. So making time to learn about your city or Municipal Home Rule can be a challenge. But you can help. Invite your Mayor or Commissioners to talk with a group of neighbors or business colleagues about Home Rule. The more they know, the more likely they are to join you in any efforts to protect this valuable and necessary local authority.
So take some time now to get involved, get informed and stay engaged. By doing so, you’ll be on the right path to your #JourneyToYes!
Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy
What readers are saying about A Journey To Yes…
“This is a very readable book, written in a conversational tone from Ms. Till’s personal and professional experience in advocacy. It’s full of tips and specific steps that individuals and groups can take to promote their cause to legislators. The information is VERY transferable to other scenarios, such as nonprofit work, that depend on good relationships.” – Muffet Robinson, Director of Marketing & Communications, Pathlight HOME, Orlando