Messaging Category

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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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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One Step Forward

Tragically as I sat down to write this blog, a story broke on the news about shots fired at a Republican campaign headquarters in Volusia County, Florida. Coupled with the atrocity of pipe bombs mailed to several prominent members of Congress and other locations, these are the actions of radicals and they have no place […]

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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 […]

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Sometimes it’s Hard to be an American

Last week, I watched (for the umpteenth time!) the movie The American President starring Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepard. A favorite to be sure. Towards the end he gives a speech before the White House Press Corp about what it means to be an American. During the speech he makes the following comments. “America […]

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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 […]

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The Answer is “NOW”!

So what’s the question? As part of our summer blog series, we’re asking state and local government leaders in Florida to share their advice for successful advocacy. And one of the questions we’re posing is, “When is the best time to ask you to sponsor legislation for our city, organization, business, industry, etc.? ” Their […]

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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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