Advocate Category

Happy New Year!

This last week of the year is my planning week to reflect and set goals for the new year. And I love to read what people share on social media about their goals. There always seems to be a spirit of optimism and commitment that the upcoming year is going to be theirs for the […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Every December, I spend the last week of the month developing my business and personal goals for the new year. For me it’s the perfect time to “decompress” after the holiday and start the next year refreshed and refocused. For advocates, I encourage you to do the same thing. But as can happen when setting […]

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An Important Member of Your Advocacy Team

Often when thinking about advocacy and advocating for your community, business or organization, the person(s) that comes to mind is the legislator. Obviously they are quite important, and the ultimate decision makers when voting on issues affecting your communities. However, there is another very important group of people that deserve as much of your time […]

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What’s Your Story?

If you had ten minutes to share your story (or that of your community, business or organization) with your lawmakers, what would you say that could convince them to help you? So often I hear people share they believe politicians don’t listen and have already made up their minds on an issue. THIS ISN’T TRUE! […]

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Put It in Writing!

One question I’m often asked by advocates is if letters or resolutions of support really make a difference. And my answer is always the same…“Yes”! When lawmakers are presenting and debating bills in their state capital, they always appreciate knowing that people from “back home” support what they are doing. But so often their inbox […]

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Is It Time for One Final Tour?

As I shared in last week’s post, advocacy is much more fun if done proactively! So let’s continue with that theme and focus on another strategy for engaging those you are trying to influence for the purpose of informing and collaborating for the benefit of your business, organization or community. If you’ve never, or if […]

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A Major Player on the Team

The legislative staff. Often when thinking about advocacy and advocating for your town, small business or organization, the person(s) that comes to mind is the legislator. Obviously they are quite important, and the ultimate decision makers when voting on issues affecting your communities or ability to serve your customers or clients. However, there is another […]

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It’s Time to Say, “Thank You”

We all love to be appreciated right? It’s what motivates us to go that extra mile in our professional or personal lives. But how often do we really acknowledge and extend appreciation to our political leaders? Surprisingly, (and sadly) they will tell you it is very rare. But YOU have the power to change that! […]

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A Report You’ll Actually Want to Write (and Use)!

If you’re like me, the thought of having to write a report takes me back to some not-so-pleasant memories from my school days! Meeting those deadlines, deciding what to write about, doing the research…yuck, right? And after I turned it in, that was it. Never saw it (or truth be told), never wanted to see […]

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Prioritize the Priorities

Last week I had the pleasure of giving a speech to a group of local government officials in Florida. The topic was preparing for the upcoming legislative session, which this year starts in January. As I was preparing the speech, I started reflecting on my days as a city commissioner and advocate for my city. […]

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