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You are not in this to be liked, nor for money, nor for glory! Ask yourself "WHY am I doing this?"

This campaign tip (no. 90) was published on Sunday, 31st March 2019
At an early stage - before you have traction - you're likely to have scant trust or respect from the people you are asking to change. Their life would be much easier without you. And at a later stage, should you be successful in your campaign, you need to be aware of the jealous, any for whom the old way was better before things changed, and those who think you've not gone far enough. Having gone up from 2 trains to 9 each way per day, I've still had to stand there and receive a slagging off for the poor infrequent service I'm promoting. And I've had to stand and take criticism of poor marketing of Weymouth trips because someone hadn't head about them; in truth marketing was pulled because we were already running full loaded trains.

Glory? Do the hard word, and other may come in and bask in the glory. Celebrate those who, while they may have joined once you have started the bandwagon rolling, are putting there hearts in with effective help, but beware that you'll also have those who want to be counted and seen amongst your supporters - but may be far move concerned with garnering credit to further their own ends that furthering your ends.
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These pages are written by Graham Ellis of Melksham, Wiltshire. Overlapping a life in IT and IT training, with running a hotel and campaigning for improved public transport, Graham has never been quiet - though he's starting to wind down gently now. He no longer takes overnight guests and has stepped doen from the "Community Rail Officer" role which he accidentally aquired. So he now has more time to write pages such as these and to travel in the UK. He'll be delighted to speak with your group or take a look through your case or camapaign, but be alerted that his time is not limitless even now, and he still has to keep the wolf from the door.

Postal: 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7NY
Phonal: 01225 708225
Emailal: graham -at-
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What a difference a campaign makes!

It probably wouldn't have happened without a strong community campaign with which I have been involved. Most days through 2019 I'll be sharing a thought, an idea, a way of working or an experience. Come back here for the links. Discussions via the Coffee Shop Forum - Graham Ellis, 31st December 2018

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