Making Influential Waves

Making Influential Waves

Charlotte Bennett, 24, volunteered with Skillshare International in South Africa. Here she shares her report on Workshop 2: Influencing the influential in the fight to end poverty , hosted by RESULTS UK.  Have you ever wanted to have your say but lack the confidence to speak up? It can be nerve-wracking speaking to the people who make the decisions, especially if you know they have a different opinion from you. Whilst you may fear how you look or how you sound, remember you have a message, a purpose and can get Results! So here are a few top tips from Team Results UK Be Prepared Be Enthusiastic Be real Stand up, speak out, share your message and make results. Here is Kadir and Mark Role Playing The perfect way to influence the influential.                         To close Tom Maguire kindly shared some advice on how to be that influential power: Research your topic area Prepare an agenda in advance – know your aim. Win their hearts and their heads – provide personal stories to bring things to life. Practice Speaking – whether that is to friends and family or your own in the mirror. Smile – Share a story make it personal, make a connection. Creating long term relationships. Have an ask – ask them to do something. Thank them for their time. Be persistent and follow up. Are you an active global citizen ready to make those waves to Stand up, be heard and get results? We hope this article will help you on your way to making...
Meet Tom Maguire, Results UK

Meet Tom Maguire, Results UK

VSO ICS alumna Rose Ziaei interviewed Tom Maguire, Campaigns Officer at Results UK. What advice would you give to young people wanting to make a positive change in the world? Young people should not be afraid to talk to their local MPs, and talk about issues they are passionate about. MPs represent us and they should take an interest in issues we care about and raise them up in parliament – it is their job. What is the most important sustainable development goal to you and why? Quality education for everyone – (Global Goal 4) Education is key, specially at time where funding for education is declining. It is important to support educational programmes including bilateral programmes and global partnerships for education. The new goal is key in ensuring other donor governments and developing country governments step up funding for children everywhere to get a decent education. It is a fundamental human right. What is the most rewarding thing about working in international development? Seeing ordinary people realise the power they have to make change to the world. Having the opportunity to see firsthand the impact UK aid money is having on the lives of millions of people around the world and telling all the campaigners that the advocacy work they are doing is truly worthwhile and making a...