- Know the topic about which they speak from the ground up
- Are good public speakers (but may not know it when they start!)
- Help other people, who are afraid to speak, find their voices
- Think strategically about how to make change
- Work well with many different types of people
Experience matters more than education in advocacy, although the ability to think clearly and present your ideas to many audiences can be developed well through education.
Advocates can advance by:
- Leading an advocacy organization
- Starting a new advocacy organization
- Running for political office
- Gain advanced degrees in law, social work, or other related professions
- Consulting to advocacy organizations
See advocacy groups like FAVOR and MOAR, as well as Partnership to End Addiction and NAADAC.