Upcoming Events

Sep 05

Next Gen’R Event

September 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Milwaukee
Sep 19

Rainmaker

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
HUB640
Milwaukee
Oct 24

2018 Deal of the Year Awards & Annual Meeting

October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Grain Exchange
Milwaukee
Nov 07

New Member Orientation

November 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CARW
Milwaukee

When meeting with legislators and candidates, these tips will help you maximize the impact of your message and make the most of every minute you spend with elected officials and those seeking office.  Equally, there are more than a few pitfalls to make certain you avoid.

DO:

  • Know your issue inside and out
  • Develop talking points before the meeting to make certain you stay on message
  • Clearly identify yourself as a constituent
  • State your credentials as an industry expert
  • Ask for specific legislative action or support
  • Provide reliable data or fact sheets
  • Be positive and friendly
  • Be sensitive about time since meetings are often cut short
  • Treat staff with the same level of respect as you do the official
  • Compliment the member or staff on positive actions
  • Admit if you don’t know an answer, but promise to follow up
  • Leave your name and contact information
  • Send a thank you note
  • Follow up with any additional information needed

DON’T:

  • Arrive without an appointment
  • Be late
  • Miss a valuable opportunity to meet with staff members if your legislator is unable to keep your appointment or cuts your time short
  • Be confrontational or overly partisan
  • Try to discuss more than one issue
  • Get too comfortable or casual
  • Forget to use proper forms of address