Meeting with a Lawmaker

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buzzy087Make an appointment. You cannot expect to see a politician without an appointment. Even with one, the politician may have to leave early to vote. You may end up meeting with an assistant.

Prepare points to go over. Have a short list of items to talk about. You may even give the list to the politician. Prepare your presentation.

Give the politician charts, leaflets, and printed information on the subject. Give out anything that helps make your case.

Stay on task. You might find the conversation drifting onto other subjects. Politely try to guide it back on course.

Dress appropriately.

Finish your conversation by asking for a commitment. "Can we count on your support?"

Express thanks and send a thank-you note. No matter how it goes, thank the lawmaker for his or her time.