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Educating Decision Makers 
and Telling Our Story

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Educating Decision Makers 
and Telling Our Story is a basic presentation about citizen advocacy. Includes: Advocacy Lessons from
 6 year old Pirates & Princesses... How to “Trick” Legislators Into Giving You What You Want! from the Advocacy Guru, Stephanie Vance.

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Educating Decision Makers 
and Telling Our Story

  1. 1. Educating Decision Makers and Telling Our Story
  2. 2. Why Should we get involved? If not now, when? If not you, who?
  3. 4. “ ...speak with conviction.”
  4. 6. “ ...it’s much easier than changing a diaper.”
  5. 7. Staying Up to Date & Taking Action <ul><li>PCA-WV facilitates the Legislative Action Team for Children & Families </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly meetings during Regular Session </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative Action Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>Online legislative action center - CAPWIZ </li></ul>
  6. 8. Legislative Action Center <ul><li>http://www.capwiz.com/preventchildabusewv/ </li></ul>
  7. 10. “ We gotta get creative about who we’re goin’ after... where we’re goin’ after ‘em... and how we’re goin’ after ‘em.”
  8. 11. Steps to success... <ul><li>Get organized </li></ul><ul><li>Get educated </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an effective message </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with your representative </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a face-to-face meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Make “the Ask” </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the momentum going </li></ul>
  9. 12. A Winning Team @ the Meeting <ul><li>An “influential” / Board member </li></ul><ul><li>Program Executive (You) </li></ul><ul><li>Person with the story </li></ul>
  10. 13. Advocacy Lessons from 6 year old Pirates & Princesses... <ul><li>How to “Trick” Legislators Into Giving You What You Want! </li></ul>
  11. 14. How to “Trick” Legislators Into Giving You What You Want! From Stephanie Vance, The Advocacy Guru <ul><li>Be adorable </li></ul><ul><li>Stand out from the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an effective message </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be greedy - Be thankful  </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t threaten </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain reputation for having the “Good Stuff” </li></ul><ul><li>People give more to friends and family </li></ul>
  12. 15. A snow flake is one of nature’s most fragile things... <ul><li>But look at what they can do when they stick together! </li></ul>
  13. 16. FOR MORE INFORMATION: <ul><li>Jim McKay </li></ul><ul><li>State Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent Child Abuse WV </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.preventchildabusewv.org </li></ul><ul><li>Email: jim@teamwv.org </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @TEAM4WVChildren </li></ul><ul><li>http://slideshare.net/PCAWV </li></ul>

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