Lesson 2: Best Practices for Meeting with Elected Officials with Equity Advocates
Research shows that engagements with elected officials are an impactful and necessary piece of any organization’s or coalition’s advocacy strategy, but many are intimidated or scared of meeting with policy makers. This training provides an overview of why meeting with elected officials is an effective advocacy strategy. Learn practical tips and skills to prepare advocates, community residents and nonprofit leaders to engage policy makers at the city, state or federal level. We will cover the how to’s- how to schedule, plan for, create impactful materials for, and run a successful meeting with a policymaker or staffer as well as how to leverage these relationships to advance an organization and/or campaign goals. Participants leave with tips for a successful meeting, as well as a sample scheduling email, agenda, talking points, and thank you email to adapt for personal usage.