Be sure to contact NLC in advance of your meeting. In many cases, NLC can provide you with resources and background information on federal policy issues. In addition, NLC's advocacy can be more effective when it's coordinated with your efforts as a constituent and NLC's advocacy team is aware of your advocacy activities and the feedback you receive from legislators.
Research your member of Congress prior to your meeting, regardless of whether your meeting is with a staff advisor or the legislator. Use www.congress.gov to research your legislator's background, as well as the committees he or she serves on and the legislation he or she has cosponsored. If you plan to discuss a particular bill during your meeting, try and find out your legislator's position in advance, and be prepared to frame your discussion around his or her perspective.
Finally, be ready to present your case clearly and concisely. Be familiar with any materials you are bringing. Your meeting may only last fifteen minutes, so be sure to have your "elevator speech" prepared.
Make sure to follow these guidelines to have the most productive lobbying meeting possible: