Why should you join a political association or coalition? Well, would you like to have a say in your future? Do you want to protect your right to practice as a licensed esthetician? Do you want to be a part of a standard-setting organization?
Having your voice heard is the first step in advocating a cause—an action undertaken that can bring about positive change in people’s lives. Being able to communicate effectively with state licensing boards and representatives can help you to foster a better understanding of what you want for your career and what you need to be able to do in order to maintain your livelihood. When given the opportunity to contribute and voice your concerns, your message can be heard loud and clear through participation in a political association or coalition. However, this type of communication is a multilevel phenomenon with two components: content and process.
Content is the message that is being sent. It is important to take the following steps when fashioning your stance.