Whether it’s a lunch & learn, happy hour, Hill Day, or full-blown week-long conference you’ve suddenly been tasked with, the process of pulling off a successful advocacy event can be paralyzing – particularly when you’ve a million other things to do. Where do you start, what and who do you need to include, when do you need to start planning?
Helping Hill staffers become micro-experts on your issue through a proper briefing is the first step to convince them that your issue deserves attention.
Here are 10 strategies to help you properly prepare and implement a successful meeting with a staffer or lawmaker.
Garrison Keillor likes to joke about shy people finding the strength to get up and do what has to be done. We laugh along with him because, shy or not, we all know the feeling of trying to succeed in an uncomfortable social setting.
When your job description includes Public Affairs, you can find yourself in awkward public situations where you just don’t know a lot of people. There are times, however, when one has to just get in there and go to work.
Take, for example, “working a room.”
What are the best ways to approach and communicate with congressional staffers so that your issue gets heard? We’ve gathered some valuable tips from former staffers to help you.