How are you supposed to set up meetings with senators and representatives, coordinate volunteers, allow everyone to eat, and ensure no one is late for a meeting when you don't even really know where the Senate and House of Representative buildings are? It seems complex, but you can do it! Are you a coach who has assigned children of various talents to teams and put together a soccer schedule? Have you arranged rehearsal schedules for church Christmas pagents?
Have you ever herded cats? You're qualified to schedule lobby meetings!Requesting meetings is the first important step, but I'm actually not going to dwell on the mechanics of that since RESULTS has already covered that very well with a tutorial sheet appropriately called "How Do I Get That Meeting?" The focus of this post is to show you how you want your meetings to flow when you're in D.C., so that you have an idea of when you'd like to set up your meetings in relation to one another. In a departure from my normal blogging, I'm doing it in the form of a 7 minute video. As usual, I'm going to explain it to you the way I explain it to my children with visual, interactive maps...here you go!
Video: Congress Critters Lobby Day Strategy
- Group your senate meetings together and your representative meetings together since the House and Senate are far from each other on opposite sides of the capitol
- Keep your meetings fairly short...about 20-30 minutes on average
- Leave plenty of time to walk between meetings
- Don't forget to plan for lunch and make sure your meetings before or after are in buildings that have cafeterias