Grass Roots Lobbying
Dos & Don'ts When Dealing with Legislators
- Be or bring a constituent(s).
- Know your subject.
- Think before speaking.
- Give the gist of your arguments as early in the conversation as possible - keep it short.
- Be clear, concise and honest.
- Assume your listener knows nothing about court reporting and simplify complex issues.
- Describe personal impact.
- Anticipate questions.
- Leave or send written material.
- Dress appropriately if meeting with legislator.
- Leave your business card.
- Request commitment. (Always!)
- Follow-up with a written communication of thank you.
- Use form letters.
- Confuse the issue by discussing multiple issues.
- Be afraid to say "I don't know. I'll get back to you."
- Use words that are terms of art.
- Become confrontational.
- Use inappropriate language.