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Nine  out of  Ten  Essentials  for  Influencing  Legislative  Decisions (Including  the  Budget) Scott Maxwell Mathews & M...
Yes,  YOU   can change things! Yes, you  CAN   change things! No lobbyist can influence the thinking of an elected officia...
#2 <ul><li>Educating elected officials is an on-going process. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them the basics </li></ul></...
#3 <ul><li>Go LOCAL, not Loco </li></ul><ul><li>It can get crazy up there. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell Legislators  WHY  it’s <...
#4 Out of Sight?  Out of your Mind! Stay in touch! Give Legislators your Email, Cell Phone, etc.
#5 <ul><li>Help Your Legislator to Help You </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Send your champion into battle </li></ul></u...
#6   Be Persuasive . . . in a genial, professional way. (Legislators respond to threats about the way the rest of us do.)
  #7 Make Your Legislator  Look Good! Look for circumstances to give your legislator Positive Publicity. Benefit Public He...
#8 <ul><li>Don’t wait to be asked your opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive! </li></ul>
#9 <ul><li>Become the  Go-To RESOURCE </li></ul><ul><li>for your legislator </li></ul>Train your legislator to think . . ....
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Nine Out of Ten Essentials for Influencing Legilative

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Nine Out of Ten Essentials for Influencing Legilative

  1. 1. Nine out of Ten Essentials for Influencing Legislative Decisions (Including the Budget) Scott Maxwell Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. [email_address] 404-216-8075
  2. 2. Yes, YOU can change things! Yes, you CAN change things! No lobbyist can influence the thinking of an elected official nearly as much as a respected constituent from “back home.”
  3. 3. #2 <ul><li>Educating elected officials is an on-going process. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them the basics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them the specifics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Repeat . . . Often. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. #3 <ul><li>Go LOCAL, not Loco </li></ul><ul><li>It can get crazy up there. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell Legislators WHY it’s </li></ul><ul><li>important to THEIR </li></ul><ul><li>Constituents. </li></ul><ul><li>Use local names and faces. </li></ul>
  5. 5. #4 Out of Sight? Out of your Mind! Stay in touch! Give Legislators your Email, Cell Phone, etc.
  6. 6. #5 <ul><li>Help Your Legislator to Help You </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Send your champion into battle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>well-armed . . . </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data, Facts, Illustrations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comparisons </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. #6 Be Persuasive . . . in a genial, professional way. (Legislators respond to threats about the way the rest of us do.)
  8. 8. #7 Make Your Legislator Look Good! Look for circumstances to give your legislator Positive Publicity. Benefit Public Health at the Same Time.
  9. 9. #8 <ul><li>Don’t wait to be asked your opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive! </li></ul>
  10. 10. #9 <ul><li>Become the Go-To RESOURCE </li></ul><ul><li>for your legislator </li></ul>Train your legislator to think . . . “ I’d better call __________________ and see how this would impact my folks back home.”

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