This interactive workshop will help ease the nerves of first-time lobbyists and refresh those who want to brush up on their skills. Participants will learn the basic “how-to’s” of setting up a meeting with Congressional staff, what materials to prepare and bring to a visit, and appropriate steps for follow-up after a meeting. They will also learn how to clearly and effectively communicate a specific “ask,” and hear suggestions of ways to stay focused while a visit is veering off course. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test by practicing their own mock lobby visits with this year’s asks and talking points.
- Eric Mitchell, Director of Government Relations, Bread for the World
- Chole Schwabe, Advocacy Associate, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach