I'm not a good one to give tips on this. As I suppose they would be obvious. First, know your cause, and know the people you are trying to connect. Don't go before you are truly ready. Be prepared and have a team of people to help you. Believe in what you are doing, and be prepared to educate. Planning! Know what you will do each day towards your goal, where you are doing it, and who with. Civic Engagement takes a community of helpful people. Best of luck to you!