Journey 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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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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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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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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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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Lessons Learned from the Storm

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 […]

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Complacency Can Be Costly!

It’s so easy somedays to hit the snooze button and not to go to the gym. Isn’t it?  We convince ourselves that we’ll get up tomorrow and work out twice as hard. But then one day becomes two, two becomes three and so on and so on. Until we’re out of shape and have to […]

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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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Let’s Talk about I.N.F.L.U.E.N.C.E.

As I shared in my last post, the summer for advocates is anything but “lazy”! In fact it’s the time of year when you should be busier ever examining your relationships to ensure the are where they need to be when it’s time to influence leaders. To help you become the advocate you want to […]

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YOU Have The Power to Affect Change

That’s right YOU! Because despite the myths or public perception, the voice of the constituent is the most powerful one a lawmaker at any level of government wants and needs to hear. But I do know that when it comes to advocacy, it’s easy to get complacent during the summer. I get it/ With candidates […]

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