The combination of networking and legitimacy (leadership by walking the walk and leaving a good trail) is what will build your NPT.
If you’re the person who’s driving the development of a NPP (Neighborhood Protection Plan) in your area, you need to get out, smile, and meet people. Do a lot of listening. Learn their concerns, fears, hopes aspirations, and do so without being a judge. Take it in.
Then, when you’re prepping, PT’ing, or whatever activity you find yourself involved in, do exactly as you’d have others do if they belonged to your NPT.
Walk the walk. No bravado. No pedigree on your sleeve. Be what much better men than me have proven themselves to be: a ‘quiet profesisonal’. Legitmacy in leadership and cause not built by alienation; rather, by dedication, example, living what you ask of others, and showing those you are trying to influence that they are as valuable to you as your own family.
Lastly, even if/when what you’re doing is being denegrated in a neighborhood meeting or just a conversation during a session of leaf raking or snow shoveling, don’t gut the detractor. Listen to their point, allow their perception, and offer your counter-point in such a way that if you’re telling them to go to hell, they will be looking forward to the trip….
Then, when you decide you’d like some good training matched to your NPT needs, give us a shout, send JC a note, or contact Sierra 12. Between all your options, you can expand your network, build your legitimacy through example, and leave a good trail by what you pass along after your training.
Result? Your NPT will grow.
Enjoy the weekend.