If You Don't Speak Up, They Can't Hear You

BY Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Associates Advocacy Guru
4/1/2019 - HVAC Government Affairs

Did you know that there are over 10,000 bills introduced in a two-year Congressional session? In this whirlwind of policy ideas, members of Congress and their staff find it nearly impossible to differentiate between what’s helpful and what’s harmful to the people they represent. They need a little help — and that’s where you come in.

They need a little help — and that’s where you come in.

According to the Congressional Management Foundation, in-person issue visits from constituents are the most effective way to influence members of Congress. Every elected official wants to know how the weird things that happen in Washington, DC connect back to their districts. As their constituent, it’s up to you to tell them. HARDI’s Congressional Fly-In offers a great opportunity to do so.

If the thought of meeting with legislators and staff intimidates you, have no fear. The HARDI staff will provide talking points and training on how to deliver your message. Remember that your elected officials want you to like them! They won’t quiz you on legislative process or ask you complex policy questions. They want to know about you, your business, and the benefits you bring to the people they represent. And who knows that better than you?

They want to know about you, your business, and the benefits you bring to the people they represent. And who knows that better than you?

Think of these meetings as sales calls, but instead of selling a widget you’re selling an idea. You’ll take the same approach to your legislative meetings as you would with presenting your product or service — learn about the person you’re trying to sell to, craft a compelling argument, make an ask, and follow-up. HARDI will be there every step of the way to help you be as effective as possible.

Many people think meeting with Congress is a waste of time, and they couldn’t be more wrong. How can you expect legislators and staff to know how policy proposals impact your day-to-day life if you don’t tell them? Plan to join HARDI members May 15–16 from across the country to be heard — and agreed with — in Washington, DC.