Communication Category

Don’t Get Stuck on the Island Alone

Advocacy…often a daunting and unwelcome challenge, particularly if you are the only one on your council that seems willing to do anything. It can feel like you’re on a deserted island and the only survivor trying to find a way back to civilization! But it doesn’t have to be that way. And it shouldn’t either. […]

Read More

Focus and Determination Led to the Discovery of a New World

On this Columbus Day what better way to celebrate than by recognizing the courage and commitment of the man himself. Imagine the vision and unwavering belief he must have had to journey across the Atlantic in search of a new world. All while facing mounting ridicule at home. And to put it in his words… “By […]

Read More

What Do You Believe?

In this time of heightened political debate and negative campaign ads, it’s easy to assume that all politics and politicians are “sleazy”. Hopefully, you don’t really believe this. But if you do, then spend a few moments asking yourself why you feel this way. Is it because of what you see on television, read in print […]

Read More

The Power of the Pen

‘The pen is mightier than the sword.” A phrase originally coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton for his play Richelieu, 1839. As applicable today as it was the first time it was said. And when it comes to advocacy, the power of the pen (or keystroke) is unmistakable. That’s because the tone of a letter, email, text […]

Read More

No Excuses…There’s a lot to do this Summer!

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!  Believe it or not…not every elected leader is running for re-election right now! […]

Read More

Is Your Bridge Crumbling?

This week’s post was difficult to write, because it is an unfortunate, yet real life example of why the “bridge” between state and local governments grows wider. It’s advocacy gone wrong in a BIG way. So I’m sharing this story, with the hope advocates will see it as a learning opportunity. In Florida, as in […]

Read More

Going Up or Going Down?

Whether you’re involved in politics or business…you’re in sales! In business, it’s your goods or services, in politics the “product” you’re selling is you, your favorite candidate or issue. And when it comes to talking with lawmakers about legislation, you’re working to gain their vote in favor of your position. So do you have your […]

Read More

Has Your Relationship Status Changed?

When I first started The Advocates Corner, I spent a lot of time talking about building or strengthening your relationship with lawmakers. Why? Because it is at the very heart of being a successful advocate. And when we started a dialogue about bridging the gap between state and local government, that relationship status is once […]

Read More

A Rare, Effective Strategy Revealed

Communicate and Offer Your Assistance Regularly during Session.  Keep legislators and their staff apprised of when a bill affecting your city or organization is scheduled to be heard in one of their committees. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate hear and vote on hundreds of bills each session. They also sit on multiple committees. […]

Read More

Preparing to Communicate

Do you know there is a simple way to set yourself apart from the majority of advocates that meet with lawmakers? What will make you unique (and remembered!) takes very little time, but since most people don’t make the effort, those that do stand out and earn the respect of those they are trying to […]

Read More