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Lobbying decision makers (short course)

A self-led online course about how to lobby effectively to see change in your community


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  • Language: English
  • Course duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Cost: Free

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Course details

What will you gain from the course?

  • Confidence to prepare for meetings with decision-makers, how to lobby them effectively, and tips for how to best follow up with them afterwards
  • Experience lobbying a decision-maker through a scenario
  • Insight into how to build relationships with decision-makers

Course highlights

  • Scenario-based activities to practice lobbying and responding to what the decision-maker says.
  • Top tips to help you prepare for and attend a lobby meeting and how to effectively follow up afterwards.
  • An animated overview of advocacy and how lobbying fits into the wider advocacy cycle.

Course content

  • What is lobbying? Discover the purpose of lobbying, who the key individuals are to build relationships with and how lobbying fits into the wider advocacy cycle.
  • How to lobby effectively: Learn how to prepare for lobby meetings, lobby effectively during the meeting and follow up afterwards.
  • How does lobbying work in practice? Practice lobbying through a scenario, where you attend a lobby meeting and respond to what the decision-maker says.

This short course is based on a section of the Tearfund course Advocacy essentials.  

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