|08-17-2012, 10:38 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Member # 3975
How to be an Advocating Ambassador
This leadership/training email comes to you from Del Albright, RLTC, VLLS.
HOW TO BECOME AN ADVOCATING AMBASSADOR
By Del Albright
Save your sport; save your trails; save your way of life; become an Advocating Ambassador (for your trails, your church, your family, your fun time, your views, your politics, your CAUSE). Here is how.
First off, Wikipedia gives the following definitions:
Advocate: a believer; an activist; someone committed who promotes or campaigns.
Ambassador: a diplomat; an emissary; a spokesperson.
So our definition of an Advocating Ambassador is: a spokesperson who believes in and promotes a cause with diplomacy and commitment (usually from a volunteer position).
What does that mean on the ground, at meetings, on runs, at events for YOU? It means making your cause one of the focal points of your day. It means speaking up rather than letting an opportunity pass. It means you live to make change in what you believe in. Here are the shortcuts to help you remember to do this:
BE involved; be committed; be tuned into your subject so you know of what you speak; be trained up as best you can; be in front of the conversation when your issue comes up where you can advocate.
SEE the big picture; see the long-run strategies that will help your cause grow; see the little wins you can gain on a daily basis; see and act locally but think globally; see what you are not good at so you can see the right person to help you in those areas; see the vision that will make change in the cause you believe it.
THREE times a day think about (or act on) your cause; at breakfast while you are reading the news or watching Fox, think about what you can do TODAY to progress your cause (a letter; an email; a post on a forum; a meeting; etc.); at lunch, remind yourself of the action items you thought about at breakfast and make sure you are on track; then at dinner, after you have accomplished your action items for today, pat yourself on the back and begin thinking about tomorrow’s actions.
So just remember to Be, See, Three....and when you commit to an action to further your cause (no matter if it's your church, your school, your kids, your family, your political views, or your trails), ACT.
More on this in our new Landuse and Volunteerism book: http://www.delalbright.com/book_order.html
Subscribe (RSS) to my blog anytime here: http://delalbright.blogspot.com/
And be sure to follow the Iron Butt ride by Greg Mumm around the nation to help save trails and our sports here: http://www.WeAreBRC.org
|08-17-2012, 08:56 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2003
Member # 22726
I try to be an advocate.
1. I carry a stack of of BRC membership forms that I printed and some info about how many trails have closed in the last 10 years. I hand them out to everyone I see on the trail.
2. clean up trash on the trail that i see.
3. help people who need help.
4. I don't drink on the trail.
The more things you own, the more they own you!
Last edited by mannysouza; 08-17-2012 at 08:59 PM.