Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Make the Darn Ask!

My latest newsletter features an article entitled "make the darn ask." Frankly, I'm really tired of people visiting with their elected officials and not asking for something specific! If you're going to reach out to a city council member, state legislator or member of the U.S. Congress, you need to be prepared to ask them to DO SOMETHING related to your issue -- whether it's sign on to a bill, support an appropriation or even do something easy like visit a facility in the district.

If you want to read about making the ask, as well as my responses to criticisms of that idea (such as "but I just want to say thank you" or "Everyone's always asking -- I'll be more noticeable if I don't" check out my Advocacy Tipsheet.

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