Introduction: Preparing for Legislative Meetings
A Federal Political Coordinator's most valuable contribution to NAR is the relationship they develop with their Member of Congress. In addition to regular contact with the assigned Member of Congress, there are several specific tasks that are required to fulfill the role of FPC. This course is designed to assist you in one of the most important--attending and leading a meeting with a member of Congress or staff person. You'll have an opportunity to review the basics of advocacy (should you need a refresher). You'll also gain the skills you need to prepare and coordinate other attendees before coming to Washington, DC!
The course is divided into six sections, specifically:
- The political environment
- The four keys to effective advocacy & making the ask
- Knowing your audience
- Developing your message
- Following up
- Leading others
Whether you've been to D.C. dozens of times, or are new to the process, you might consider glancing through the basic advocacy concepts outlined in topics two through five. It never hurts to brush up your skills!
|Stephanie Vance is a 25-year "veteran" of Washington, DC. She's worked as a Congressional Chief of Staff, Lobbyist and Grassroots Consultant. Here she shares insights on the importance of citizen advocacy.|