As a child, Priscilla Davis may not have been the most talkative of types. She was a little bit more reserved—at times opting for a less conspicuous route and preferring to spend more time observing and only asking questions if needed. That, alongside a career in corporate America and an early introduction to volunteerism, eventually helped pave the road to her success.
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For the past five years, Priscilla Davis of Jacksonville has been one of many members of AARP’s speaker’s bureau that serve the Florida community. As an advocacy trainer—along with a team of volunteers from across the state, Davis makes several presentations annually to newly recruited advocacy volunteers. She also works as an AARP legislative advocate and visits both local and state representatives, as well as her member of Congress to present AARP’s legislative priorities.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to educate the public as well as individuals about important issues or topics,” says Davis. “AARP and I totally agree that everyone needs to be well-informed so that they can make the right choices or decisions that may impact their lives.”
“As a volunteer member of the speaker’s bureau, you are in a position to share your knowledge and experience about a specific issue or topic that’s important to you as well as AARP’s members,” she adds.
AARP Florida is committed to helping its volunteers become well-informed advocacy speakers. Extensive training and support are available for those individuals looking to actively pursue such speaking opportunities.
“From the first day I became an AARP volunteer, I was impressed with how volunteers are prepared for whatever position they want to pursue,” says Davis on AARP’s role on training their volunteers. “Speaker’s bureau training is provided for all volunteers who have an interest in doing speaking engagements on a specific topic or issues within AARP’s platform.”
In regards to topic selection, volunteers are given the ability to select their own area of interest, one they feel most comfortable with. Additionally, Davis points out that as a speaker, you could become an expert on one particular issue and only speak on that sole topic.
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