Guides & Checklists Category

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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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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THE SECRETS REVEALED!

What gets and keeps a lawmaker’s attention? Is it money, power, prestige? What about hundreds of people advocating to right an injustice? In some instances the answer to each question is yes! But what if you don’t have any of those things to offer? Is all hope lost? The answer to that question is definitely […]

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Can You Really Afford to Do Nothing?

Having always been someone who’s willing to forge ahead and try something new, I’ve found over the years that the worst that can happen is nothing! And that is also very true when it comes to advocacy.  But too often I’ve heard advocates share they don’t have time to get involved. So I’d like to […]

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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 […]

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Jump Over One Hurdle at a Time

Even the best hurdlers in the world will tell you they only jump over one hurdle at a time. And although there may be several to jump in a race, they focus on that one directly in front of them. This type focus can apply to your advocacy efforts as well. I get it can […]

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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! […]

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So Now What?

Today is Monday, March 12, 2018. Yesterday saw the conclusion of the 2018 Legislative Session in Florida. As a government relations and advocacy consultant, the day after session always makes me a bit melancholy…especially when my focus and energy has been on Tallahassee and the past 60 days of activity! So on this day, I […]

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Guidelines for Successful Testimony

Have you ever witnessed someone at a meeting become passionate about an issue and make the decision to speak? Often they let their emotions guide their comments. And while this passion is a good thing, if the speaker is not prepared, it can lead to a dialogue that becomes irrelevant, inappropriate or does not contribute […]

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Advice from Legislative Aides

During the legislative session, a lawmaker’s schedule is very full…usually starting early in the morning and ending late each day. They’re meeting with constituents and colleagues, tracking bills they’ve sponsored, preparing talking points and reviewing legislation they’ll hear in committees. For these reasons (and others), they don’t have time to read and research every issue. […]

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