The Dermatology Nurses' Association
Nurses serving nurses for more than 30 years!

Advocacy Tool Kit

Helpful Lobbying Tips

Making a Difference: What You Can Do!


  • Identify yourself as a constituent
  • Have a concrete request up front
  • Be polite and say thank you for consideration of your request


  • Prepare talking points/notes in advance
  • Identify yourself as a constituent and explain briefly why you are calling
  • Have a concrete “ask”
  • Be polite and brief

Request a Meeting

  • Meetings can be requested by emailing or calling a representatives local or district office.

When meeting with a Member or staff

  • Identify yourself as a constituent
  • Express thanks and appreciation
  • Share a brief personal story
  • Have a concrete “ask”
  • Be polite and respectful
  • Be a good listener
  • Exchange contact info
  • Try to get a commitment
  • Bring informative materials to leave behind

Attend a town hall meeting

  • Town Hall Meetings are held in a variety of locations (check your member’s website), and they often lead to good connections, including with local media.
  • Invite someone to go with you
  • Ask a question!
  • Thank the representative  if he/she has taken the action(s) you recently requested


  • Reiterate your requests and express concern if he/she has not yet been responsive

Following Up

  • After a phone conversation, email response, in person meeting, or town hall it is always appropriate to send a follow up communication (email preferred) thanking the congressperson or staff member for taking time to consider your concerns and requests.
  • Reiterate your request and provide brief information about your organization.
  • Identify and express thanks to any staff person who met with you.
  • Be polite and respectful even if member or staff person could not commit to any of your requests.

Recipe for a successful relationship

  • Remember: staff are the gatekeepers and decision-makers, spend time getting to know them
  • Invest time into developing and sustaining it
  •  Keep communication lines open
  • Be a good listener and be helpful (send articles of interest, but not too frequently)
  • Be polite, persistent, but not a pest
  • Say thank you and appreciate their time and attention
  • Offer yourself as a resource (e.g., occasionally send an article or item of interest)
  • Always ask how you can be of assistance and follow-through (be reliable!)