Relationships Category

An Important Member of Your Advocacy Team

Often when thinking about advocacy and advocating for your community, business or organization, the person(s) that comes to mind is the legislator. Obviously they are quite important, and the ultimate decision makers when voting on issues affecting your communities. However, there is another very important group of people that deserve as much of your time […]

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A Major Player on the Team

The legislative staff. Often when thinking about advocacy and advocating for your town, small business or organization, the person(s) that comes to mind is the legislator. Obviously they are quite important, and the ultimate decision makers when voting on issues affecting your communities or ability to serve your customers or clients. However, there is another […]

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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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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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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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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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Is It Time To Hit the “Reset” Button?

Is there any damaged relationship that is irrepairable? Maybe, especially if trust has been lost. But in many circumstances the answer is, “No…it can be repaired”. This is especially true when it come to advocacy. Once a legislative session is completed, I always advise my clients to spend time reflecting on their successes and failures, […]

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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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Never Stop Communicating

Did you know that one of the most effective strategies to further your relationship with lawmakers is so simple, it is often overlooked? That’s because advocates don’t believe it actually works. I’m here to tell you it does and it works well. Continue communicating with them without asking for anything. That’s it! And it’s a […]

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