I’m going to just say it. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I never understood the need and always thought it should be a journey of self improvement. Then I read an article that stated every year deserves its own word. After my initial dismissal of the concept, I realized it’s one I can stand behind. It’s motivation to help put a focus on my challenges for the year. Thus, my 2014 word is Move It!
I originally picked it to motivate myself into doing something besides Netflix marathons. (I can’t wait for the next season of House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black!) However, the more I think about it, the more I realize how fitting it is in the workplace as well. We all need a little motivation to accomplish our workplace goals, especially in the world of politics.
If your word this year is advocacy, or even if it isn’t, here are some tips on how to make it a great year for political advocacy!
Face Your Fear…. and meet with your member of Congress
Meeting with your member of Congress can be intimidating, but trust me; they are regular people like you and me. They laugh and joke with the best of them and they want to meet with you.
Stand Up and Speak Out
Sitting on the sidelines, talking amongst yourself about the indignities of the world won’t get you very far. Now is the time to Move It! and be counted among the voices for the industry!
I’m not saying that politics is like the Hunger Games… errr….. No I was right the first time. Politics is not like the Hunger Games. 2014 is an election year and a great time to volunteer for a campaign.
Develop Contacts and Relationships
It sounds so trite but so true in the world of business and politics. We’re in the world of “who do you know?” and “how well do you know that person?” It all starts with a simple introduction. Your relationships can help NAA’s political influence.
Soak in the Moment
Photo courtsey of Kathleen Gamble.
When I first moved to D.C., I always said the moment I look at the Capitol and not feel in awe is when it's time to leave D.C.
A great place to start the year of political influence is by attending the NAA Capitol Conference on March 11, followed by Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on March 12. (The spring Board of Directors and committee meetings precede the conference on March 9 and 10.) The schedule is packed with educational sessions, expert speakers, a briefing on the issues and great networking opportunities.
It’s always better when you have a friend with you.
I look forward to seeing you next time!
Kathleen Gamble is the Director of Political Affairs for NAA. Is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and 49ers fan. A deal made with the hubby. When she’s not talking politics, she enjoys good eats. Let her know what you think of her blog.
*All images and animated gifs (with the exception of the U.S. Capitol photo) are courtesy of Buzzfeed.