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Bruce Sekanick, AIA with Senator Rob Portman (OH)

Hold Your Own Quick Meeting This Labor Day

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

Earlier this week, we told you about a meeting that Board Advocacy Committee member Bruce Sekanick, AIA, had with Senator Rob Portman (OH) to discuss the fight to save the 2030 targets. This meeting, rather than being held at a firm or district office, was held at a breakfast and was completed in a matter of minutes. Bruce’s meeting shows that great meetings with your legislator can happen anytime, anywhere, with even a short amount of time – and you can hold meetings like this too!

The upcoming Labor Day weekend offers the perfect opportunity to hold a quick meeting with your legislator. You can meet with your legislator at already-scheduled events, such as town hall meetings or Labor Day picnics and parades. Check your legislators’ websites and your local paper to see when they will be in your hometown. The AIA team here in DC has even prepared talking points for you to use during during the discussion.

If you are thinking that an impromptu legislator meeting happens differently than a meeting scheduled weeks in advance, in some cases you are right. Because you will not be the only person waiting to talk to the member of Congress at a public event, you will likely get only a few minutes or less to get your point across. However, as you can see from Bruce’s meeting, these few minutes can be extremely effective! Make sure to prepare the most important 2 or 3 points to convey to the legislator when it is your turn – clear and concise is the way to go! Additionally, if an aide also involved in the conversation, take the time to get his or her contact information for follow up after the event.

If you get a meeting with your legislator, don’t forget to tell us about it. We want to hear your meeting summary and see photos. They may even be featured on our Facebook and Twitter sites!

You too can hold a meeting that occurs on short notice but has a huge impact. Please let us know if you are able to attend an event with your legislator during the holiday weekend. If you have any questions, Advocacy staff are here to help guide you. Contact Amanda Stratton, and she will help you get started today!

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