American literary giant Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A great man is always willing to be little.” I couldn’t agree more with Emerson’s simple and focused assertion that the application of a humble attitude is both a necessary and foundational character trait for those who are charged with leading others.
Levy season is notorious for sneaking up on schools and government entities. As we stated in our recent blog post, the worst time to begin communicating a levy is when it’s already on the ballot, as people need to see messages 11-15 times before the details really sink in, according to advertising expert Thomas Smith.
The worst time to begin communicating the details of a new levy is when you go on the ballot.
If voters are suddenly made aware of a levy when it's only a few months before they cast their ballots, they’ll probably think your school district or organization is up to something! This leads to distrust and skepticism.
Election season always seems to be right around the corner. Even if you have months to prepare, developing a successful communication strategy to garner the support of voters for school bond issues and levies should be a year-round activity.