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Meeting with Legislators - Previous Revision

 

Know Your Audience

  • Find out what issues the legislators care about and how they represent them

Plan What You'll Say

Practice

  • Practice by responding to the toughest and best questions you guess the legislator will ask.

During Your Meeting with a Legislator

  • Be prepared and be yourself.
  • Keep your “crib sheet” of 2-3 points plus examples and policies nearby.
  • Be positive, honest, and straightforward -- think of the meeting as a good conversation, not a debate.
  • Use personal stories to illustrate your points, and analogies when possible to clarify your points.
  • Speak and listen.
  • Use everyday language; don’t use jargon.

After a Meeting with a Legislator

  • Don't forget to send a thank you note and include any information you may have offered to provide during your visit -- email is the best way.
  • Ask to be consulted when issues arise and, even if you haven't heard, follow up a few months later just to keep in touch by offering your assistance.

 

 

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Please contact Millie Davis or Lori Bianchini, NCTE Communications Division, for assistance with your questions about speaking with the media or with legislators:  public_info@ncte.org; 217-278-3634 (Millie) or 217-278-3644 (Lori).

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