In a few steps you can become an effective advocate. The framework below helps you establish a concise, evidence-based message to share with others that articulates the importance of the issue to you and its relevance to others. Keeping your advocacy evidence-based helps build trust between you and others that may or may not currently share your viewpoint on the issue. Make sure to build trust by asking others what they know of the issue, what their concerns are regarding the issue and what information they might need to move them toward support of the issue for which you are advocating. Trust is important for the initiation, development and maintenance of the relationships that are essential for building support for the issue for which you are advocating. Rare is the advocate that can make an impact alone. Consensus building takes time, but the impact of a coalition of like-minded individuals is the basis of American society and government.
To become an effective advocate, ask yourself (and others of like mind) and respond to the following: