From The Slippery Slope to Success
Play the Game of Politics Like a Pro . . . Become Your Own Lobbyist!
We all hear how every vote counts and that it’s our civic duty to vote. I have a very different take on government and civic duty. I don’t think voting matters at all and there are some very heavy hitters in the world of politics whose actions show they agree with me—lobbyists.
Lobbyist know that who is in office does not matter as long as they (the lobbyist) have the ability to meet with them (the politician). The same is true for you. Get to know your local representatives, meet with them one on one. Find out what you can do to help make their job easier. Surprise them (and stick in their mind) by learning what projects are at the top of their to-do list, finding the one that is high on your list as well, and then do all that you can to help move it from the to-do list to the completed list.
You want politicians to know who you are, to know you can be counted on to help them when asked. Why? Because it is your civic duty? No, you do it because there may come a time when you need their support and you want them in your corner ahead of time.
Having your local politicians ear could make or break your project. Waiting until you need them to get to know them, is too late.
Stop seeing voting as all you need to do, start being useful and involved.