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How to Communicate

Making a Difference

You can make a difference with one email, one conversation, one presentation, one legislative visit, one letter, one newspaper article, one TV appearance, or one radio segment that is filled with passion, compassion, and love.

History has proven that people are successful not because of brilliance, but because of persistence and desire. Advocates are not afraid to make a difference. Advocates build relationships, the more, the better.Advocates don’t give up.

Tips for Letters and Emails

  • Be courteous and appreciative
  • Make it personal–use your own experiences
  • Know what you want and ask for it
  • Give examples of other organizations or states that have similar radon reduction awareness campaigns, radon reducing methods, or state legislation
  • Indicate the positive impact that your listener can make
  • Give your contact information on your letter

Arrange the visit

  • Call to request the visit and follow with an email requesting the time.
  • Have your organization name ready to give such as “Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction.”

During the visit

  • Greet with a smile and handshake
  • Give your business card to host (if you don’t have one, get one made)
  • Do background work before your visit, know where your host is positioned on radon awareness
  • Educate yourself with scientific evidence and facts on radon before your visit
  • Share handouts with your host indicating the importance of radon reduction
  • Make your visit personal, share your stories and those of others.

Connecting

Networking allows you to get others to help your vision become a reality.You don’t have to do it alone.

Seek out others and help educate them on the danger of living, working, and attending school in environments with high levels of radon. Encourage and show them by telling them how they can help and benefit others with care and concern through their actions.

Work with other organizations

  • American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
  • All lung cancer organizations
  • American Lung Association
  • Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Community Groups/Lions, Optimists, Rotary, 4-H, Scouts
  • Church Groups
  • Health Fairs/Home Shows
  • Educational Institutions/ 2 yr. and 4 yr./University Extensions
  • Medical facilities and personnel
  • Public Health Departments and Officials
  • Other Lung Health Organizations
  • Comprehensive Cancer Coalitions in each state
  • Community Wellness Centers
  • City and County officials
  • Related Industries: Builders, Realtors, Bankers, Insurance