Advocacy is powerful when you are offering solutions.
The people you are likely targeting – politicians, funders, others – spend a lot of their time trying to solve problems.
And there are plenty out there – social, political economic.
Of course, libraries also need things from decision-makers – funding, laws, other support.
But lawmakers may well be more likely to listen harder when you focus on how this could help them solve other challenges.
So for our 39th 10-Minute Library Advocate exercise, think of a problem, and then think about how you can present libraries as the solution.
Make sure it’s a problem that a decision-maker might care about. You can try with more than one of course.
For example, unemployment, lack of skills, a lack of integration.
If you practice your arguments, you’ll be better placed to influence others!
See the introduction and previous posts in our 10-Minute Library Advocate series and join the discussion in social media using the #EveryLibrarianAnAdvocate hashtag!