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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 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.




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

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