[embed-1]We don’t always agree with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, but you have to admit he does a better of job trying to engage supporters and critics than many of his colleagues. A native North Charlestonian raised by a single mother, Scott’s ‘Opportunity Agenda’ is rooted in his genuine hope to make the same chances available to everyone in his state regardless of their starting point in life.

So what kind of framework does a guy with a constituency of nearly five million put in place to ensure productive personal interactions from as many people as possible?

In a brief interview published by Axios today, Scott lays out a four-step approach he uses based on the premise that politicians of all stripes “haven’t done a good job of trying to connect.”
[content-1]Scott says the starting point is to “Go where you’re not invited,” with hopes that people will give you a chance.

From there: 1) Establish rapport, 2) Build credibility, 3) Which allows you ‘permission’ to look at problems with others, 4) Propose solutions.

Now, this all seems generic enough, but it’s seemed to have worked for Scott, who has been elected to Charleston County Council, the S.C. House, Congress, and the U.S. Senate.

We can only hope Scott’s open approach to ‘connecting’ rubs off on the congressional leaders he works alongside.

Cover photo by City of North Charleston.