Say Yes to the Ask: How to Talk the Advocacy Talk. 1:1 Conversations Workshop. #AAUW2013 @ AAUWpolicy. Roadmap: Where We’re Going. PSA: conversation model PSA example Conversation dos & don’ts Concrete v. wishy washy asks Getting commitment Practice: overcoming tough objections
Say Yes to the Ask: How to Talk the Advocacy Talk
1:1 Conversations Workshop
I want to be part
of the action!
What specifically & meaningful can be done about?
Problem: Anger Action: Opportunity
What are they angry about Make the specific &
or threatened by?doable ask
Organizing & Mobilizing
You can’t mobilize her until you’ve organized her!
Intentionalconversations that go deeply into a person’s:
Assessment from the conversation:
It’s about building a relationship with her so you can then ask her to take action.
Interests: Why? Why is that particular issue important to this person?
Issues: What does this person care about at school? At work? In the larger world?
Values: Guiding principles
Capacity = Skills
Commitment = Willingness
Organizing + Mobilizing = Change for women!
Prompted conversations that make an ask:
Now that you’ve established a relationship with her, you can make a tailored ask of her that she will actually say “yes” to.
“We are having a branch meeting next Thurs. at 8pm. Can you come and help us brainstorm our Equal Pay Day action?”
“We’re in the midst of a critical letter to the editor push. We need to get 10 more letters written this week. Can you write an LTE by this Friday? I can send you our LTE guide, sample LTE, and info on where and how to submit it.”
“Do you want to join our branch?”
“Can you write a letter to the editor?”
If you’re a State Public Policy Chair:
If you’re a Branch Public Policy Chair:
If you serve on your state or branch board in another capacity:
If you’re a general AAUW member:
Use the PSA model for every “ask” you make