On February 22nd, Loudoun Wildlife hosted our first in-person Advocacy 101 event: Public Speaking. Conservation Advocacy Specialist Trinity Mills gave the low-down on why speaking up at community and government meetings is important, what you should say when you’re standing in front of the Board of Supervisors or Planning Commission, how to best prepare to speak to your public officials, and how to overcome your nerves. Following the presentation, the group broke out to do a public speaking exercise that allowed them to craft a short statement on a county issue affecting wildlife and practice presenting it to a crowd. The event wrapped up with Executive Director Michael Myers telling about his extensive experience with public speaking on wildlife issues in Loudoun County.
Click on the image below to view the presentation.