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If you’re trying to meet with your Senator or Representative to lobby for a cause, these tips can help you prepare for your trip to Capitol Hill (or to your local government offices) and make a lasting first impression:

  • Be prompt, brief, and concise.

  • Know your goals.

  • Prepare the ground.

  • Do your homework.

  • Be courteous and calm.

  • Know your facts.

  • Offer assistance.

  • Provide data on the cost and economic impact of your proposal if you can.

  • Provide helpful written material and offer to answer any questions.

  • Always follow up with a call, e-mail, or note.

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David Silverberg is Managing Editor and a columnist at The Hill, a weekly newspaper that covers Congress.

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