Informational material about your lobbying day at the state capital can help increate attendees level of comfort in talking with lawmakers about the issue at hand.  Consider creating and distributing documents in advance of the meeting so attendees can prepare, but also have additional copies of materials on site.

Agenda
Send the agenda to attendees prior to the event; but also provide copies at registration. The agenda should list time, room locations, meeting places at the capital and details.  Don't forget to include time for a wrap-up session at the end of the day so attendees can share their experiences and report on their meetings with lawmakers.

Leave Behind Information for Lawmakers
Create an attractive brochure or packet of materials that has a copy of the bill you are discussing, a list of supporters, information about the issue and the three brief talking points that were discussed in the meeting with the lawmaker or staff. Make enough copies for each lawmaker that your attendees will meet with and additional copies for attendees to keep for their own reference.

Classroom material
Take into consideration any material you may need to give attendees like classroom handouts, evaluation forms and lawmaker meeting report forms

Evaluation form
Follow-up is the only thing that will make your event successful; so create an evaluation form that includes a method for attendees to report their intent for staying in contact with their lawmakers. If  additional information was promised it is essential someone provides it or  if  the legislator promised to take a specific action on your behalf, remind him or her about it. 

Affiliate societies may contact governmentrelations@asrt.org for templates.

 

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