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Your checklist and sample meeting brief to ensure your meetings have impact.

State Your Mission Clearly. Make sure policymakers understand exactly why you are there. Maybe you support or oppose a bill, or your cause requires funding. Be very clear about your agenda. Communicate Your Impact. Explain how your organization impacts the lawmaker’s district. One powerful metric is the number of constituents you represent, but there are many measures of impact: Bring a Constituent. No lawmaker wants to ignore the people they represent. When you include a constituent in your delegation—one with a compelling story—you are generating a direct connection to the lawmaker’s primary agenda. Make Your ‘Ask’ Clear. Explain what the lawmaker can actually do. Sign onto a bill? Communicate with colleagues? Make it very clear what you actually want. Follow Up Through Multiple Channels. A meeting is a good start, but lawmaker offices are busy and respectful follow-up is important. Thank participants for meeting, send them succinct materials and run advocacy campaigns to show that your issue is meaningful to constituents. Show Appreciation. Staffing a lawmaker’s office is thankless work. When a public official and their staff helps your organization, show your appreciation with personal notes and public posts. [post_title] => Make Your Meetings Matter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => make-meetings-matter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=8141 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [queried_object_id] => 8141 [request] => SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.post_name = 'make-meetings-matter' AND wp_posts.post_type = 'resources' ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC [posts] => Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8141 [post_author] => 43 [post_date] => 2021-01-20 02:13:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-20 02:13:56 [post_content] =>

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State Your Mission Clearly. Make sure policymakers understand exactly why you are there. Maybe you support or oppose a bill, or your cause requires funding. Be very clear about your agenda. Communicate Your Impact. Explain how your organization impacts the lawmaker’s district. One powerful metric is the number of constituents you represent, but there are many measures of impact: Bring a Constituent. No lawmaker wants to ignore the people they represent. When you include a constituent in your delegation—one with a compelling story—you are generating a direct connection to the lawmaker’s primary agenda. Make Your ‘Ask’ Clear. Explain what the lawmaker can actually do. Sign onto a bill? Communicate with colleagues? Make it very clear what you actually want. Follow Up Through Multiple Channels. A meeting is a good start, but lawmaker offices are busy and respectful follow-up is important. Thank participants for meeting, send them succinct materials and run advocacy campaigns to show that your issue is meaningful to constituents. Show Appreciation. Staffing a lawmaker’s office is thankless work. When a public official and their staff helps your organization, show your appreciation with personal notes and public posts. [post_title] => Make Your Meetings Matter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => make-meetings-matter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=8141 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 1 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8141 [post_author] => 43 [post_date] => 2021-01-20 02:13:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-01-20 02:13:56 [post_content] =>

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State Your Mission Clearly. Make sure policymakers understand exactly why you are there. Maybe you support or oppose a bill, or your cause requires funding. Be very clear about your agenda. Communicate Your Impact. Explain how your organization impacts the lawmaker’s district. One powerful metric is the number of constituents you represent, but there are many measures of impact: Bring a Constituent. No lawmaker wants to ignore the people they represent. When you include a constituent in your delegation—one with a compelling story—you are generating a direct connection to the lawmaker’s primary agenda. Make Your ‘Ask’ Clear. Explain what the lawmaker can actually do. Sign onto a bill? Communicate with colleagues? Make it very clear what you actually want. Follow Up Through Multiple Channels. A meeting is a good start, but lawmaker offices are busy and respectful follow-up is important. Thank participants for meeting, send them succinct materials and run advocacy campaigns to show that your issue is meaningful to constituents. Show Appreciation. Staffing a lawmaker’s office is thankless work. When a public official and their staff helps your organization, show your appreciation with personal notes and public posts. [post_title] => Make Your Meetings Matter [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => make-meetings-matter [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-02-01 02:52:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=8141 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 1 [max_num_pages] => 0 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => 1 [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => 1 [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => f924e5af8fb8856952126cd98f1adc22 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )
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Make Your Meetings Matter

Make Your Meetings Matter

Your checklist and sample meeting brief to ensure your meetings have impact.

State Your Mission Clearly. Make sure policymakers understand exactly why you are there. Maybe you support or oppose a bill, or your cause requires funding. Be very clear about your agenda.

Communicate Your Impact. Explain how your organization impacts the lawmaker’s district. One powerful metric is the number of constituents you represent, but there are many measures of impact:

Bring a Constituent. No lawmaker wants to ignore the people they represent. When you include a constituent in your delegation—one with a compelling story—you are generating a direct connection to the lawmaker’s primary agenda.

Make Your ‘Ask’ Clear. Explain what the lawmaker can actually do. Sign onto a bill? Communicate with colleagues? Make it very clear what you actually want.

Follow Up Through Multiple Channels. A meeting is a good start, but lawmaker offices are busy and respectful follow-up is important. Thank participants for meeting, send them succinct materials and run advocacy campaigns to show that your issue is meaningful to constituents.

Show Appreciation. Staffing a lawmaker’s office is thankless work. When a public official and their staff helps your organization, show your appreciation with personal notes and public posts.