Tips for Success

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Partners in Making Your Case
Module 1 Getting Started-
Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 How to Navigate the Course
Unit 3 Minimum System Requirements
Unit 4 Staying Safe on the Internet
Unit 5 Tips for Success
Unit 6 What You'll Learn in the Course
Unit 7 Overview of Seven Modules
Unit 8 Lessons, Assignments and Exercises
Unit 9 Learning From Others
Unit 10 Extra Help Along the Way
Unit 11 Course Exams
Unit 12 Certificate of Completion
Module 2 Changing the System+
Unit 1 Module 2: Changing the System
Unit 2 Why is Advocacy Important?
Unit 3 Exercise: Ed Roberts, Disability Rights Activist
Unit 4 Exercise: Ed Roberts, Disability Rights Activist - Answer Key
Unit 5 What Makes a Successful Advocate?
Unit 6 Exercise: Do I Have What It Takes To Be A Good Advocate?
Unit 7 Advocacy Etiquette
Unit 8 What is Public Policy?
Unit 9 Branches of Government
Unit 10 Levels of Government
Unit 11 Exercise: Match the Issue With the Right Level of Government
Unit 12 How Public Policy is Made
Unit 13 How a Bill Becomes Federal Law
Unit 14 Exercise: How Laws Are Made
Unit 15 Exercise: How Laws Are Made - Answer Key
Unit 16 Tracking a Bill's Progress
Unit 17 Building Ongoing Relationships
Unit 18 Who Makes Public Policy?
Unit 19 Assignment: Who Can Help?
Unit 20 Pulling It All Together
Unit 21 Exam #1
Unit 22 Exam #1: Answer Key
Module 3 Building Your Case+
Unit 1 Building Your Case
Unit 2 The Advocacy Process
Unit 3 What's Your Issue?
Unit 4 Assignment: Identify Your Issue
Unit 5 What's Your Story?
Unit 6 Exercise: What Makes This Story Effective?
Unit 7 Choosing a Specific Situation
Unit 8 What Makes a Good Story?
Unit 9 What's Your Request for Action?
Unit 10 Exercise: What's in a Good Story and Request?
Unit 11 Exercise: What's in a Good Story and Request? - Answer Key
Unit 12 Assignment: Write Your Story and Request for Action
Unit 13 Get the Facts
Unit 14 Strength in Numbers
Unit 15 Who Can Help Make It Happen?
Unit 16 Assignment: Wrapping Up Your Case
Unit 17 Pulling It All Together
Unit 18 Exam #2
Unit 19 Exam #2: Answer Key
Module 4 Making Your Case In Writing+
Unit 1 Making Your Case In Writing
Unit 2 Why Communicate with Policymakers?
Unit 3 The Wide, Wide World of the Internet
Unit 4 Choose Your Communications Approach
Unit 5 Common Communications Tactics
Unit 6 Why Put It In Writing?
Unit 7 Seven Critical Elements
Unit 8 Exercise: Putting Together a Great Letter
Unit 9 Exercise: Putting Together a Great Letter - Answer Key
Unit 10 Writing Effective E-Mails
Unit 11 Think Twice About Sending Form Letters or E-Mails
Unit 12 Letter? E-Mail? Fax? You Choose!
Unit 13 Assignment: Write a Letter or E-Mail
Unit 14 Following Up
Unit 15 Letters to the Editor
Unit 16 What is Social Media?
Unit 17 Common Social Media Tactics
Unit 18 Social Networking Sites
Unit 19 Blogs and Microblogs
Unit 20 YouTube and Video Sharing Sites
Unit 21 Exercise: The Power of Social Media
Unit 22 Exercise: Matching Messages With the Right Tool
Unit 23 Exercise: Matching Messages With the Right Tool - Answer Key
Unit 24 Assignment: How I'll Communicate In Writing
Unit 25 Putting It All Together
Unit 26 Exam #3
Unit 27 Exam #3: Answer Key
Module 5 Making Your Case In Person+
Unit 1 Making Your Case In Person
Unit 2 Communicating In Person
Unit 3 Meeting Formats
Unit 4 Meeting With Public Officials: Step 1 - Getting the Appointment
Unit 5 Exercise: What Did Heather Do Right?
Unit 6 Exercise: What Did Heather Do Right? - Answer Key
Unit 7 Step 2: Do Your Homework
Unit 8 Step 3: Practice, Practice!
Unit 9 Step 4: Put It In Writing
Unit 10 Step 5: Making the Meeting Count
Unit 11 Step 6: Following Up on the Meeting
Unit 12 Benefits of Giving Testimony
Unit 13 What Makes Testimony Effective?
Unit 14 Writing Your Testimony
Unit 15 Getting Ready to Testify
Unit 16 Responding to Questions from Committee Members
Unit 17 Following Up on Your Testimony
Unit 18 Exercise: Watch and Learn
Unit 19 Assignment: How Will I Communicate In Person?
Unit 20 SWOT Analysis
Unit 21 Identifying Personal Strengths and Weaknesses
Unit 22 Identifying External Opportunities and Threats
Unit 23 Assignment: My SWOT Analysis
Unit 24 Creating a Detailed Plan
Unit 25 Assignment: Create Your Action Plan
Unit 26 Creating a Timeline
Unit 27 Assignment: Add Your Timeline
Unit 28 Pulling It All Together
Unit 29 Exam #4
Unit 30 Exam #4: Answer Key
Module 6 Keeping It Going+
Unit 1 Keeping It Going
Unit 2 Why Organize?
Unit 3 Start With a Plan
Unit 4 Building the Foundation
Unit 5 Tips for Success
Unit 6 Using Organizing Tactics
Unit 7 Common Organizing Tactics
Unit 8 Tactic #1: Coalitions
Unit 9 Tactic #2: Media
Unit 10 Tactic #3: Web Sites
Unit 11 Exercise: Learning From Others
Unit 12 Exercise: Learning From Others - Answer Key
Unit 13 Tactic #4: Rallies and Demonstrations
Unit 14 Tactic #5: Petitions
Unit 15 Tactic #6: Communications
Unit 16 Tactic #7: Public Hearings
Unit 17 Tactic #8: Political Involvement
Unit 18 Campaign Involvement
Unit 19 Get Out and Vote!
Unit 20 Assignment: Are You Ready to Organize?
Unit 21 Pulling It All Together
Unit 22 Exam #5
Unit 23 Exam #5: Answer Key
Module 7 Conclusion+
Unit 1 Module 7: Conclusion
Unit 2 Partners in Making Your Case Feedback
screen1-480x480 The app, "Telling Your Story," helps you create and practice your personal story with tips on how to best present yourself, to help inform and educate your elected public officials about issues that are important to you.

iPad version
iPhone version
Android tablet version - Google Play
Android phone version - Google Play

View a print version of each of the screens for the "Telling our Story" app >>

For those who cannot use this app, here is a basic script for any communication with a public official >>

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