We need to use our collective voices to communicate the important values that live, in-person meetings have on the growth and development of our society. Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes that directly affect people’s lives. The way to make a difference is to get involved. Here are seven actions you can start taking immediately.

  1. Believe. Remain hopeful. You have a voice—you can make a difference.

  2. Be informed. Keep abreast of issues concerning you and the issues that concern your job, industry and cause.

  3. Discuss the issues. Spread the word. Talk with friends, family and co-workers, and listen to their views. Sharing opinions and insights shape and refine your own beliefs.

  4. Get on the record. Write, speak out, act. Inform others by communicating your opinion on the things that matter most to you.

  5. Be a resource. Provide expertise so that others can know the values you advocate for.

  6. Volunteer. Play a part for the cause by volunteering.

  7. Contribute. Donate money or time to support your causes, candidates and organizations.

Roger Rickard, founder of Voices In Advocacy, is the guy organizations call when they need help with advocacy. He can be reached at roger@voicesinadvocacy.com or www.rogerrickard.com.