I recently presented on advocacy topics to an audience of the Connecticut Environmental Council (CTEC). Topics covered were policy issues at the state level impacting golf course superintendents and how to communicate with legislators and staff regarding those issues.
Call it Advocacy 101. We covered ground such as why Members of Congress value staying in touch and hearing from constituents, how personalized messages can be highly persuasive, and how having firsthand, real-world knowledge of how policy proposals may impact your industry or profession can be compelling to share with lawmakers.
Furthermore, we discussed the various staff roles within a congressional office and why developing a relationship with staff members can help you further your policy goals and ensure lawmakers hear your message.
We briefly reviewed the legislative process and how a bill becomes a law. We also went over a few tips and tricks for scheduling and preparing for a meeting with lawmakers and staff.
Similar virtual training sessions are in the works for GCSAA chapters in New Mexico and Illinois. If you are interested in scheduling this type of training for your chapter, please reach out to Michael Lee, Manager of Government Affairs at email@example.com.