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Section 8. Establishing Lines of Communication with the Opposition's Traditional Allies

What is establishing lines of communication with the opposition's traditional allies?

___You establish lines of communication with your opposition's traditional allies in order to create a channel through which you can talk with one another when there is important information to be passed on or discussed, and to develop understanding and a basis for possible cooperation or alliance in the future.

Why would you establish lines of communication with the opposition's traditional allies?

You establish line of communication with the opposition's traditional allies to:

___Alleviate misunderstandings.

___Find allies wherever you can.

___Reduce your opposition's power base.

___Expand your own power base.

___Expand your network of contacts.

___Change your opposition's minds through their allies.

___Set up future alliances, and perhaps new relationships, among your opposition's traditional allies.

How do you establish lines of communication with the opposition's traditional allies?

You have conducted gathered background information and information about the interests of these groups:

___Your opponents.

___Their allies.

___Your allies.

You have timed your initial communication with the opposition when (may be one or more of these):

___Your opposition's traditional allies contact you.

___You know that the opposition's traditional allies are sympathetic to your cause or your point of view.

___Your opposition has done something to alienate one or more of its traditional allies.

___You've just learned of or gained a particularly good contact.

___You have something to offer.

___You're at the beginning of an initiative.

___You decide who will make the initial contact.

___You decide how to make the initial contact.

You have decided who will represent you in the first significant interchange based on:

___Interpersonal and communication skills.

___Background and information.



___Familiarity with the other party's world.

You have decided on the content of the first real interchange, choosing one or more from among:

___Starting an open-ended conversation - perhaps, but not necessarily, about the advocacy issue - with no specific goal.

___Offering help or counsel to the other party in some way.

___Asking for something specific.

___Establishing common ground.

___Discussing common problems or issues, with an eye toward a solution.

___Apologizing for or explaining an error on your part or a misunderstanding on the other's.

___Letting the other party know about something you're about to say or do.

___Asking for noninterference, cooperation, or collaboration.

___You take action on making contact and holding a first significant communication.

___You follow up on your conversation, and try to schedule future communication.

___You maintain communication lines indefinitely.