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Civility and Smarts in Lobbying

August 14, 2017

Lobbying can be frustrating when things don’t go your way, but civility is all-too-rare for many congressional offices, and your gratitude can have a big impact.

Per domestic policy lobbyist José Woss, something as simple as a “thank you” at the end of a meeting resonates with the staff member.

José's Advocacy Tip

“You don’t need to be a Ph.D. or a seasoned professional to lobby, but putting in a bit of time to research and prepare a succinct message to deliver to your member of Congress goes a long way. Combined with passion and polite civil dialogue, you are a powerful resource to that office. Start by saying ‘thank you for your time’ at a minimum.”

As a lobbyist, it’s important to build a strong relationship with congressional offices. Helping a relationship to succeed in the long-term requires you to be professional, even when it’s difficult. Convey your passion for what you’re advocating, but don’t let that passion get in the way of staying civil.

Acting with integrity can mean a lot to staff members who must face angry constituents throughout their day. Additionally, keeping a relationship civil and respectful lends you the authority to be a resource to offices. Offer your expertise to the issue to help staff understand the complexities better, and invest your efforts into good preparation.