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会见议员

概述

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made in-person visits more difficult, 与你当地的人联系和会面, 状态, 或者联邦代表现在比以往任何时候都重要. 

Although most members will be unable to conduct face-to-face meeting, you still can connect virtually with your elected officials to discuss issues important to the real e状态 management industry.

Legislators are more likely to support positions that their constituents feel strongly about, which is why it is important for members to engage with their legislators any way they can whether it is virtually, 电话, 电子邮件, 文本, 等.  

The 九游会登陆 Government Affairs team recently conducted a webinar about how to conduct effective virtual meetings. 请务必查看九游会登陆录制的网络研讨会: 与你们选出的官员成功会晤

The webinar provides valuable information on how to: identify your elected officials; schedule a meeting; conduct a successful meeting; and some do’s and don’ts when you are conducting your meeting.  Although the most common way to meet with a legislator is to conduct a meeting at their district office, 因为COVID-19, 面对面的会议大多已被取消.

However, a recent survey by the Congressional Management Foundation found that 23% of Congressional members have conducted an IN-PERSON tour of a facility. Inviting them on a tour of your property is a great way for them to understand your business and the challenges you are facing. Other alternative approaches to meet with your representatives include:

  • 邀请立法者参加你的虚拟分会活动
  • Attending one of the legislator’s town halls or other scheduled events
    • To find out when a legislator is conducting a town hall or other event, you can either call their office or they may have a list of monthly events on their website

任何问题? 请联络九游会登陆: iremlegislation@billmohall.com

如何安排会议

这里有一些提示来帮助你识别 & 联络民选官员:

我要见谁?
九游会登陆的行动重点是与你们选出的官员接触. 通过使用九游会登陆的立法者查找, 你就能认出你的联邦探员, 状态, 甚至是当地代表. All you have to do is input your name, 电子邮件, address (home) and zip code.

找到你的议员

查看日历
在联系立法者办公室之前, be sure to check the session calendars to make sure they will be able to meet with you during your appointment.

联系立法委员办公室
介绍自己是一名选民, 告诉他们你想和议员见面, 并询问调度人员的电子邮件地址.

向调度器发送正式的会议请求. 您可以使用 样本的信 或者自己起草信件. If a meeting with a staffer is offered, we highly recommend accepting it. Staffers are the “eyes and ears” of their bosses and establishing rapport with them is extremely impactful.

Let the scheduler know you would like to introduce the legislator to 九游会登陆, 九游会登陆的行业, 而这些问题对房地产管理行业具有重要的意义, 像COVID救援, 和国家洪水保险计划. Providing more information in advance will help ensure you meet with the most appropriate staff and they will be able to better prepare, 所以一定要包括 留下资料 在你的请求.

跟进
当选的官员每年都会收到成千上万的请求, so call the office a week after submitting the request to confirm it was received. Once you have confirmed the meeting details, provide the scheduler a full list of attendees.

让九游会登陆知道你的会议
一旦您的会议确定,请发送电子邮件至 iremlegislation@billmohall.com 与您的会议细节.

如何准备

这里有一些建议可以帮助你为你的会议做准备

会议前练习
Schedule a meeting or conference call with the 九游会登陆 Members who will be attending the meeting. 审查这些问题,并决定由谁来讨论每个问题. 会议或电话可以很简短, but it’s always wise to touch base with other attendees before your meeting.

If you are conducting a virtual meeting, make sure you consider the following:

  • 有稳定的网络连接.
  • 确保你的平台简单. If it is too complicated, it will be more likely you will run into technical issues.
  • Try to have a back-up (someone else who can talk if you run into technical issues)
  • 测试它,测试它,测试它!!

会议一般遵循以下格式:

  • 介绍和交换名片
  • 向立法委员/工作人员通报九游会登陆
  • 讨论问题并寻求他们的支持
  • 给立法委员/职员一个“落伍”的机会
  • 感谢他们的时间,并在未来提供九游会登陆资源

会议日期
提前15分钟到达和/或登录. Even though the meeting will most likely be virtual, it is still important to dress nicely. 商务着装是合适的. Don’t let your appearance detract from your message or impair your credibility.

虚拟会议礼仪

对于虚拟会议, make sure you are sitting somewhere for your meeting that has a professional backdrop and that is relatively free from distractions.  生活发生了, 九游会登陆中的许多人现在仍然在家工作, 但找一个安静的地方,一个没有干扰的背景会有帮助. 开展虚拟会议的其他建议:

  • 模拟眼神交流——望向相机
  • Lighting – make sure you have good lighting – not too bright or dark
  • 如果可以的话,将屏幕限制在6个
  • 关闭或静音你的手机!!

Do not be upset if the legislator cancels at the last minute – staffers are great resources and are knowledgeable on many issues. They also brief their bosses on the issue and can relay important information that you shared.

记得简单地告诉他们九游会登陆,你的参与, 你是一名选民! (我已经成为九游会登陆入口X年了, 我在你的地区管理/拥有X个物业, 等.)

讨论的问题

  • Explain the issue (the legislator and/or staff may be unfamiliar) briefly.
    • 用你自己的话阐述论点. Don’t be surprised if it appears you are more knowledgeable than the individual you are lobbying. 不能指望立法者什么都知道!
  • Explain that you are proponent/opponent of the issue (include bill numbers if necessary).
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Give a personal example of how the issue/bill has or would impact you and your business.
  • 恭敬地请求他们的支持.

问题

  • If the legislator/staffer has questions, try to answer to the best of your ability.
  • 然而,你不知道所有的答案也是可以的! 如果你不知道答案,就承认吧. 沟通你将会调查这个问题并反馈. This will also provide you the opportunity for follow-up and to provide any additional information.

结论

  • 询问他们是否愿意参观你的房子/生意.
  • 感谢你们选出的官员,并承诺会继续跟进.
  • Ask for a photo (virtual or in-person) with the legislator and/or staff!

会议结束后
Send a thank you 电子邮件 the following day (send to any staffers you met with and they’ll relay the message to the legislator). 利用这个机会重申你的主要观点, 回答任何未回答的问题, 最重要的是感谢他们抽出时间.

Also attach the leave behind so they can put it in their online files.

注意事项
DO…

  • 恰当地称呼你的参议员或众议员:“你好, 或“谢谢。, 参议员米勒”
  • 向你遇到的每一个人介绍你自己
  • 给遇到的每个人一张名片.
  • Know important details about the bills you’re discussing such as its status and bill number.
  • 请使用九游会登陆的问题摘要获取每个问题的信息.
  • 用你自己的语言和经历(个人经历是关键!)
  • 要简洁有礼——尤其是当他们不同意你的观点时!
  • 一定要与员工见面. 他们对这些问题了解很多,并不断更新立法人员的信息.
  • 让自己成为这方面的专家.
  • 给立法者留个假吧. 这有助于他们记住讨论的内容.
  • Familiarize yourself with staff, they are often the gatekeepers to the legislator.
  • 不要公开发表评论.
  • Keep the door open for further discussion despite differences of opinion.

不要……

  • 不要提醒他们你付过税或“给他们付过薪水”.”
  • Don’t be arrogant, condescending, or threatening toward legislators or their staff.
  • 不要争辩,不要咄咄逼人,也不要强求答案.
  • Don’t take notes while talking to a legislator, wait until you leave the office.
  • Don’t send copies or form letters unless you have taken the time to include a personal note.
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