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Nicole Tisdale helps guide concerned citizens into an effective course of political action.

Frustrated with how the United States gets things done? Want to know how to get those in Government to listen to concerns and act on them with policy? Capitol Hill policy expert and attorney, Nicole Tisdale, is here to help with her new book Right to Petition: A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools and Tips.


After spending ten years of her career working with Members of Congress as a senior adviser and strategist, Tisdale found herself surprised at how few people in the United States knew how to effectively help change law by petitioning for what they needed.


With a heightened political climate where seemingly all United States citizens find themselves frustrated and angry, Tisdale offers practical advice for effective communication, creation of a unique platform, and how to get those requests into the hands of elected representatives.  Right to Petition takes out a great deal of the guesswork and confusion between how to address a concern and get action taken. Tisdale provides detailed insights and outlines of what works and why. She also takes the time to use real-life examples of what processes don’t work and how to avoid traps. 


Tisdale offers practical approaches for timing when approaching Capitol Hill. I was unaware that there are certain times of year where meeting with your Member of Congress is extremely difficult and sometimes not recommended. She also reminds readers that it’s important to be nice to the staff; these are the people who have the ear of the person you most want to talk to and often are the ones providing the detailed reports. 


For readers who have an interest in how Congress works, what works as effective communication, and how to be a concerned citizen who provides effective asks to Congress, this book is an absolute jewel.  Tisdale is easy to understand, detailed without being overwhelming, and offers smart solutions. This book is a great reminder that if you complain without a plan, and aren’t willing to ask for what you want, very little will get done and the status quo remains the same. 

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Mindset: Petitioning is like Farming.

About the author

Nicole Tisdale is a Capitol Hill insider, policy expert, and attorney dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge needed to spark effective change in government. Serving on Capitol Hill for a decade, Nicole was a principal senior advisor and strategist to high-ranking Members of Congress. view profile

Published on April 09, 2019

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