Grassroots Advocacy Category

Reflections – What the Last Decade Has Taught Us

With the beginning of 2020, I thought this would be a great opportunity to look back at  and talk about what’s changed in the last decade in the world of advocacy. The most obvious is the use of social media that has made our ability to advocate on issues from local to global much more […]

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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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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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Adjust Your Lenses For a New Perspective

Often when I talk with advocates, they share their frustration about not having enough time to engage lawmakers as much or as often as they know they should. So a piece of advice I like to share is to “readjust their lenses”! Now that probably doesn’t make much sense if you don’t wear glasses or […]

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How Late is Too Late?

I’m often asked by advocates, “When is the best time to begin building a relationship with those I am trying to influence?” And no matter when I get this question, my answer is always the same.  NOW, ALWAYS, CONSISTENTLY! Just like the relationships with your family and friends, it has to be nurtured with intent. […]

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They Don’t Listen to Us Anyway!

So why should I bother? “They’ve already made up their mind when it’s time to vote, so they don’t want to listen nor do they care what I have to say”? Sadly, I’ve heard these comments (and yes…excuses) more times than I can count for why people don’t engage lawmakers. But I can tell you […]

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And So It Begins…Again

March 5, 2019. For many it’s just another Tuesday. But for many others it marks the opening day of the 2019 legislative session in Florida. So for the next 60 days lawmakers, their staff, lobbyists, special interest groups and advocates from all walks of life will descend upon the city of Tallahassee. For those of […]

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Ahh….Fall is in the Air!

And yes…that means even in Florida (although we’re still waiting to feel it!). My favorite time of year, perhaps because of the beauty it brings, the renewed anticipation of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and enjoying great food and fun at local festivals. For advocates, Fall is the perfect opportunity to extend invitations to lawmakers to attend […]

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The Lost Art of a Conversation

Where did they go? Those often rare, but oh so important face-to-face conversations? In today’s social media world, tragically they are quickly becoming a lost art. So I’d like to share a story about why, whether in business or perhaps more importantly in the political realm a “real” conversation still works and works well. This […]

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Plan? What Plan?

Want to be a successful advocate? Then you need a plan!  And NOW is the perfect time to create or review your advocacy plan for the second half of the summer. Below are some basic steps to get you started. Write down your advocacy goal(s). Examples include: • Building or strengthening my relationship with legislators. […]

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