Kathy Till, Author & President, Kathy Till & Associates, Inc.
An Excerpt from - A Journey to Yes
What influences a politician? Is it money, power, prestige? What about hundreds of people advocating to right an injustice? In some instances, the answer to each question is yes! But what if you don’t have any of those things to offer? Is all hope lost? The answer to that question is definitely no because at the heart of influencing a lawmaker is a strong relationship.
Nearly every day throughout session they meet with lobbyists and special interests groups advocating for their positions. So most lawmakers will tell you they love it when a friendly face from back home comes to visit. So how can you become the friend they want to see? By always remembering the relationship is the solid foundation on which to successfully influence lawmakers.
Amber Hughes, Senior Legislative Advocate, Florida League of Cities
Amber Hughes is the Senior Legislative Advocate for the Florida League of Cities, a statewide association representing the interest of Florida's 412 municipal governments. She represents the League on a variety of municipal matters before state agencies and the Florida Legislature with particular focus on finance, taxation, insurance and personnel issues.
Prior to joining the League in 2011, Ms. Hughes served as the Senior Advisor for Finance and Insurance for Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. She was responsible for developing policy and strategy for the CFO. She served as a Cabinet Aide and advocated on behalf of the CFO and the Department of Financial Services before the Florida Legislature. She also supported the CFO in her constitutional duties by developing the fiscal policy for the Division of Accounting and Auditing and the Florida Treasury.