We’re about half way through this advocacy journey, so I though this might be a good time to take pause and regroup. I’ve talked about a number of different causes, but today I want to give you some tips on being an effective advocate no matter what your cause happens to be.
And you know, Friday. FIVE Things.
- Know the facts: To gain and maintain credibility, it is critical that you have all of the facts on BOTH sides of any issue. Know your cause inside and out so that it is easy to discuss and defend your position and make people comfortable discussing it with you.
- Use the facts: Any position you take should be grounded in the facts. Know your facts first and then build your position on them. However, your emotion (your WHY) is what drives the bus, so use that too!
- Nurture relationships and work collaboratively: Advocacy is a joint venture- you need to identify your allies and work with them. There is strength in numbers! Your chances of making an impact are much greater when there are large numbers of organizations and people on your side. Whenever possible, be sure you and your allies have consistent data and the same messages.
- Engage the public and make your voice heard: Advocacy is not the place for being shy. Spread the word about your cause using social media, a blog, letters, e-mails, phone calls, t-shirts and other grassroots strategies to engage as many folks as you can. And don’t forget to talk about what you are advocating for at dinner parties and social events- you never know who can become a useful ally.
- Say thank you: Remember that everyone is busy and their time is valuable. Keep it short and specific and always say thank you afterwards. When your advocacy is a success, always thank everyone who helped you achieve your victory!
I hope you’ve found some useful stuff here this month. There’s more to come, so stay tuned!
Oh, and THANK YOU for reading!
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