When it comes to grasstops/grassroots legislative advocacy few things posses the potential to impact like an in-office constituent meeting.
Unlike emails, intercepts or even phone calls, in-office meetings between stakeholders and elected officials and/or their staff provide a window of uninterrupted time dedicated specifically to the issue at hand. Opportunities to deliver a clearer, more compelling message advocating your organization's position are few and far between.
Unfortunately, the realities of modern advocacy are such that much of the potential these meetings posses gets lost in the frenzy of logistics, recruitment and educational activities that typically surround them. Like anything, the majority of the potential impact of a constituent meeting is captured or squandered in the preparation.