I once went to a political rally where I got to talk to several local politicians. They were all basically just polite, said thanks, and handed me their literature.
But, their was one who did make a good impression. She shot me down with with an abrupt statement of “what do you have?”. I was dumbfounded because I had no research or papers to show her. Basically not a damn thing to put in her hand. Well no wonder the other politicians didnt take me seriously! BTW, she was a former high school english teacher.
So now if the opportunity arises I always arrive prepared with something in my hand. Research done (ex. costs involved) and my position clearly stated.
However I want those to be more effective so I’d like to ask, have you all ever prepared position papers or some other research to give to a politician and if so, can you give any tips on how you have it sorted or put together? For example, a bill going into the Kansas state legislature requires specific forms so would it be good to write statements to follow that forms format? Also what research do you feel is most effective for a politician?
One often only gets one shot and a damn short one at that to win over a politician so you want to make it a good one.