When we talk about meeting with our elected officials, sometimes we forget to talk about the other, nearly as important meetings we have with their staff. Usually, those meetings take place at a reception or a dinner. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere, and we are able to get to know them, and they can get to know us. Staffers are the key to knowing what’s going on behind the scenes, and they usually have a direct line to the boss.
This past year, we missed out on a lot of those networking opportunities, which is a big deal, especially with a new administration and lots of new faces at both the state and national levels.