Superstar or Behind-the-Scenes Sleuth: What’s Your Advocacy Style?


There are many ways to be an advocate. You can be the one who talks face-to-face with a legislator or agency official, or the one who helps behind-the-scenes in organizing grassroots efforts. You can serve on a state task force or help out with periodic letter writing efforts and Hill Day events. What kind of advocate are you: a superstar or a behind-the-scenes sleuth? Take this little quiz to find out!

Be sure to let us know in the comments section what type of advocate you are and who directed you to this quiz! Click here to learn more about the 2012 Social Media Advocacy month.

Take the Quiz

1. When asked by your state recognition task force if you know whom your current State Senator and/or Representative are, your reply is:

  1. “Good question.”
  2. “I think I know, but let me double-check.”
  3. “Yes, I know the names but not much about them.”
  4. “Yes, they’ve already heard from me about an issue.”

2. Which best describes the written correspondence (e.g. email, letter, etc.) you have had with your Senator and/or Representative:

  1. I’m on a first-name basis with at least one of their staff members.
  2. You’re kidding, right?
  3. I’ve considered writing, but don’t really know how the process works.
  4. I’ve made contact on at least one occasion about an issue.

3. You have been approached by your state recognition task force to participate in a “Hill Day” to make visits to legislators regarding state recognition of music therapy. Your first thought is:

  1. “That sounds scary, but if you give me some guidance I’ll give it a shot.”
  2. “Do you need me to help train others? I’ve done this before.”
  3. “Isn’t there another committee or task I can help with?”
  4. “I’m happy to go as long as I don’t have to do the talking.”

4. You are just settling in to your seat for a 2-hour flight when the person next to you asks, “What do you do?” After you respond, the questions begin. You think:

  1. “I don’t mind sharing, but I want to listen to the CD I downloaded before this flight. Let’s wrap it up.”
  2. “So far, so good. I hope I can answer all their questions.”
  3. “Bring on the questions. I love these opportunities to educate!”
  4. “I wish I’d said I was a dental hygienist.”

5. An agency that you work for has asked you to give a presentation about music therapy to their Foundation Board. You see this as:

  1. A little bit of a daunting task but do-able, as long as you can confer with colleagues for help and practice.
  2. An ulcer in the making. Is there someone else that can cover this one?
  3. No sweat. I love doing this sort of thing and could do it in my sleep.
  4. This could be fun. I have a little practice with this and welcome the chance to be in front of a new group.

6. You get a call from a colleague in the state association to talk about the “State Recognition Operational Plan” and what your thoughts are on pursuing licensure. You:

  1. Recall hearing something about this and are glad for the chance to ask questions and talk about what is happening in the state.
  2. Want to know about being more involved with the task force or how you can help.
  3. Aren’t sure they have the right number.
  4. Are part of the team making these calls.

7. As you sit down with the morning newspaper you notice that the opening of the current legislative session is front page news. The article outlines what the major issues are for this session. You:

  1. Skip past that to find the weather for this week.
  2. Skim through to get a sense of what issues are going to be “hot topics.”
  3. Make a note to see what committees your Senator and Representative are on in case they might be able to help.
  4. Wonder why the writer of this article didn’t cover the healthcare issues with the same depth as the online coverage that you’ve been following.

8. You receive an e-mail from your state task force asking you to complete a survey about your work as a music therapist. You:

  1. Helped create the survey and look forward to compiling the results so you can figure out the music therapy profile in your state. What a great advocacy tool!
  2. Hope to get around to it in the next week or so but think, “Haven’t I already answered these questions?”
  3. Complete it right then and sign up to be contacted in the event that they need help with state recognition tasks.
  4. Delete. No time for another survey.

9. At the urging of a friend you agreed to join your state task force. On the most recent call, the group is deciding who will take on particular tasks. You are most likely to:

  1. Take the lead on writing correspondence to your colleagues as long as you can get some feedback and support from the other task force members.
  2. Volunteer to be the chair of the task force. You are ready to lead!
  3. Take on a task that can be done by searching the internet and providing information to help the group’s effort.
  4. Participate in calls and weigh in with an occasional opinion about what the group should do next.

10. The efforts of your task force have paid off and there is a bill proposed to license music therapists going before the Health and Human Services Committee on the Senate side. Your sponsoring Senator has indicated that a few of you should speak at the hearing. You:

  1. Look forward to hearing how that works out.
  2. Are willing to contact a client’s family that might be willing to share their story.
  3. Are happy to help organize materials as long as you don’t have to speak in front of anyone.
  4. Have had your presentation and remarks ready for weeks. Bring on the committee.

Tally Your Score

Question 1: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4

Question 2: a=4, b=1, c=2, d=3

Question 3: a=3, b=4, c=1, d=2

Question 4: a=2, b=3, c=4, d=1

Question 5: a=2, b=1, c=4, d=3

Question 6: a=2, b=3, c=1, d=4

Question 7: a=1, b=2, c=3, d=4

Question 8: a=4, b=2, c=3, d=1

Question 9: a=3, b=4, c=2, d=1

Question 10: a=1, b=3, c=2, d=4

What’s Your Advocacy Personality?

Don’t forget! Be sure to let us know in the comments section what type of advocate you are and who directed you to this quiz. 🙂

34-40 points: Loud and Proud

Maybe YOU should run for office?! Your advocacy style is a front-and-center, informed, direct approach. You aren’t afraid to take any and all opportunities presented to you to promote your cause. Whether it is making sure you are up-to-date with the latest “intel,” staying connected to your colleagues and professional happenings, writing e-mails or taking meetings, you make sure that you are well informed and that your voice is heard.

26-33 points: Not Afraid to Take the Lead

You are excited about the possibility of working for change and you aren’t afraid to talk to others or take on a leadership role as long as you have some support and guidance from others. You enjoy sharing ideas with about the profession and how to achieve change.

18-25 points: Behind-the-Scenes Sleuth

You are committed to helping out the group in a role that does not require you to be front and center. You work to stay informed and are happy to search the internet, write a letter or e-mail, or deal with tasks that allow you time to process and respond.

10-17 points: Supporting Role

While you feel invested, you aren’t necessarily comfortable being front-and-center to answer questions or lead the charge. You prefer a supportive role that helps further the cause. Rest assured that there are lots of advocacy tasks that would not get done without the support of those who are more comfortable doing the detail or research work that supports the more vocal members of the group. Maintaining membership and board-certification, responding to surveys and requests from your task force, and reading organizational news are ways to be involved without committing a huge amount of time.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimberly January 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My advocacy personality is…Loud and Proud (36). What’s yours? 🙂

Antoinette Neff January 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

My score is 34 🙂

Judith Pinkerton January 5, 2012 at 12:40 am

I am Loud and Proud. 🙂 Score: 39.

Stephanie Bolton January 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

My score is 21– behind the scenes sleuth! 🙂

Michelle Erfurt January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I’m a behind the scenes sleuth too! 🙂

Becky Wellman January 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Loud and Proud-38 (although it was not the plan when I first joined-I would have been happy staying a behind the scenes sleuth ;-D)

Faith Halverson-Ramos January 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’m not afraid to take the lead…

so why does that seem so scary? lol

Annie Walljasper January 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I am a “Not Afraid to take the lead…” and I agree completely, I’ll just take some guidance along the way. 🙂

Stacie Shewmake January 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

I’m a behind the scenes sleuth 🙂

Jodie Ross January 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I am “Not Afraid to Take the Lead!” I have to agree with my result. I’m a newbie but very enthusiastic about music therapy & sharing its effectiveness.

Kimberly January 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

We all gotta start somewhere, Jodie 🙂 Thanks for taking the survey! ~Kimberly

Lillieth Grand January 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Score of 33 — Not afraid to take the lead. Not a terribly surprising result. THANKS!

Debi Kret- Melton January 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I am a behind the scenes sleuth! Fits me perfectly 🙂
But I do need to work on my presentation skills 🙂
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Emily Bailey January 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Loud and proud 🙂

Emily Sevcik January 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Behind the scene sleuth! I would say that is an accurate description!

Katie January 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

Not Afraid to take the lead

Morgan May January 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Behind-the-Scenes Sleuth- that sounds about right!

Leanne Barck January 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Behind-the-scenes sleuth! I hope to move up with time and experience!

CJ Shiloh (Diachenko) January 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Funny that I’m Loud and Proud though I’m not even through my MT program yet! That’s because I’ve been advocating for myself to get these creds for the past 15 yrs of teaching music to kids w special needs! Is it worth 5 hrs of commuting to school! yes very much! 🙂

Deanna Wolfgong January 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Well, also it’s a year later….I am Not Afraid to Take the Lead! Which is pretty much spot on. I’m getting better though!!

sylvia crowder February 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

24 – Behind the Scenes Sleuth.

Danielle Wakaba February 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Not Afraid to Take the Lead!

Shane L. Edwards July 11, 2016 at 7:40 am

Thanks for sharing.
It’s really helpful for me.
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