Legislators are continually on the lookout for the best ways to connect with constituents.

Based on observation of effective legislators, NCSL has compiled Ten Tips for Citizen Engagement.

They include:

  • Be genuine. Be yourself. Follow your passion, instincts and core beliefs.
  • Actively listen. Emphasize listening over speaking. You need to know what your constituents are thinking.
  • Make it simple. Make your citizen engagement plans practical and doable. You don’t have to start big. Some of the most successful practices are low cost, no frill conversations.
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