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Legislative Advocacy 101: Meeting in Person with your Elected Official

Maximizing your face-to-face effectiveness


Legislative Advocacy 101 returns this week. Meeting face-to-face with your elected official is one of the best ways to share your message and influence decisions. Here are some great tips to make your next appointment a success.

You have every right to meet with your elected official, and you should make good use of it. Face-to-face meetings are the most influential thing you can do to educate elected officials. According to Congressional Management Foundation research, 97 percent of congressional representatives said that an in-person conversation will have at least some influence on their decisions.

Unlike letter writing and social media advocacy, meetings have the intention to persuade. You are given a set amount of time to sit down and talk with your elected officials. In that time frame, you want them to understand your issue and why they should support your point of view. Develop a plan before you go so you have the most persuasive appeal possible.

Here are a few tips that will give you the most influence and keep your appeal persuasive.

Plan Ahead

Be Prepared

Be Flexible

Be Brief

Be Thorough

For more from our Legislative Advocacy 101 series, visit the following:


Engaging Lawmakers on Social Media


Writing Letters to Elected Officials



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