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Advocating Outside the Box

July 31, 2017

As congressional staff attempt to serve the needs of hundreds or thousands of people, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to making impressions.

Climate lobbyist Emily Wirzba suggests adding personal touches to your advocacy when meeting with staff members of a senator or representative.

Emily's Advocacy Tip

“Creativity and kindness can go a long way. Baked goods, homemade cards or artwork, and music can be a way of standing out in the crowd and thanking a member for their hard work—even if you don’t always agree with the votes they take. Not only will the staff member remember you, but they’ll tell their boss as well. At the end of the day, lobbying is about relationship building, and who doesn’t like to receive a thoughtful surprise?”

Engaging creatively with staff is a sure way to build a strong foundation with the office of a member. Not only will you stand out, but you’ll be well on your way to gaining the trust and confidence of staff members. Working in a congressional office can be thankless work, and the generosity of one person will go a long way. There’s no better way to get your foot in the door than with a plate of brownies in your hand!