First and foremost, please pray for the people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. With unprecedented destruction and an increasing number of lives lost, it will take a very, very long time for them to recover. And if you can help in any way, please do what you can. As a resident of Florida and someone who has been through multiple hurricanes, I can tell you that any support is greatly appreciated.
And if you’ve experienced a hurricane, the weather always seems to be calm for a few days before its arrival . Literally the calm before the storm! But it’s only the weather that appears “normal”. When such a powerful event is approaching, lines at gas stations, grocery stores and home improvement stores quickly lengthen. It’s anything but calm!
As an author and professional speaker about advocacy, my mind can’t help but make comparisons between the “storm” of a hurricane and the “storm” of an approaching legislative session.
One of the greatest lessons learned with both approaching storms is that waiting until the last minute to prepare can be very risky and costly! In a hurricane it can mean little or no supplies are available, becoming a victim of price gouging or worse, a risk to your personal safety.
In advocacy the risks are:
- Having little or no relationship with the person(s) you need to influence and ask for support.
- Not getting the financial resources (appropriations) needed to serve your community or clients.
- Having to adapt to the unintended consequences of legislation that will negatively impact your constituents or community.
So I ask you as an advocate and influencer, “Can you really afford to just sit on the sidelines and wait?” Just like an approaching storm, little or no preparation is a cost you simply can’t afford.
Thank you for your prayers, support and your advocacy.
Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy