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The Meeting

 

The Meeting

On the day of  your meeting, make sure you do the following:

  1. Dress appropriately.
    1. Business attire is always the best choice.
  2. Be timely.
    1. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your meeting.
    2. Plan to deliver your message during the first 10 minutes of your 15-minute meeting - right after brief small talk and building rapport.

  3. Be flexible.
    1. Your meeting may take place standing up in the hallway, on the run to a vote, or may be cancelled with no warning.
    2. It is not uncommon for members to have to deal with sudden and dramatic shifts in their schedules on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this can affect their planned meetings with you.  
  4. Build rapport.
    1. Utilizing your knowledge about the legislator’s personal background, accomplishments, etc., may help you to establish points of connection – personal and/or professional. 
  5. Follow Up.
    1. Follow up a meeting with a thank you note and any additional information you may have promised during the meeting. The best way to send information to home offices might be by email.
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