Step Three: Prepare for Meeting

  • Research your cause, and be prepared with facts and statistics. Be aware of how your representative has voted on this issue in the past.
  • Come with a concrete ask. Members and their staff are busy, so it is always best when you have a very clear ask for your member. It can be related to an upcoming vote or a request to reach out to the State Department or the White House on a specific issue.
  • Confirm your meeting with the office a couple of days in advance.
  • If you are going with a group, assign roles: one person to introduce the group and the purpose for meeting, one person to take notes, one person to follow-up with a thank you and responses to questions.