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Study Guide for International Conference & Lobby Day

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To help CCL's International Conference & Lobby Day attendees get ready to lobby, this study guide highlights some of the most helpful training and resources available on CCL Community. 
Usage Instructions
How we listen and communicate is as important as what we have to say. This year's study guide recommends a new approach to emphasizing both communication skills and content knowledge. (Preparing For Lobby Day training) If you are attending this June's Lobby Day, to help prepare, you can read the following guide online or print out the linked pages to read as you travel.

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To help you get ready to lobby, we have highlighted some of the training and resources available on CCL Community. 

How we listen and communicate is as important as what we have to say, so the training and resources below fall within two categories: Communication Skills and Content Knowledge. To prepare, you can read them online or print them off to read as you travel.

Communication Skills

CCL thinks that effective listening and question-asking skills are so important that we are asking the time monitor role in your meeting to track how these open questions go and record how many questions were asked by your lobby team during the meeting. 

The short version

Write out in advance the questions you might use for every topic you would like to address in your meeting. Using open questions (that can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”) works best for drawing out people’s thoughts. Turn your “yes”/ “no” questions into open questions by starting with “How,” “What,” “Who,” “Where,” “When” or “Why.” For every question you ask, listen carefully to the response, and reflect back what you heard, then follow up with another open question. 

For more information: 

Content Knowledge

Looking for where to go to find out more about the Energy Innovation Act and how to talk about it with your meetings?  Start with the basics:

Looking for more details? Check out the following two recommended resources:

Want more depth beyond CCL Community?

Meeting Planning Resources

Putting It Together Example

If someone says, “It’s not possible to efficiently deliver dividends back to all Americans” what would you say? 

Start by responding in a way that relaxes their reflex to be guarded and doesn’t invalidate their perspective:

  • "Thanks, it sounds like making our government efficient is an important priority for you. Could you tell me more?”

As they share, we listen. Take time to reflect and clarify what they said, or affirm common values:

  • “I agree with your concern about making sure that our government isn’t wasteful with how it uses taxpayer resources and it’s important that it gets any  carbon dividend delivery right”

Then ask permission to share our point of view: 

  • “Can I tell you why I feel confident this approach would work?” Then focus on one or two of the main messages below: 
  • CCL commissioned an expert study to dive deeply into how this would be done. The goal was to minimize administrative cost and make it work smoothly for everyone involved, while still getting the money to as many households as possible.
  • The expert who lead the study was Alan Lerman, who served in the U.S. Treasury Department for 42 years. The study confirmed that returning carbon dividends directly to households is the least costly and least burdensome way to provide revenue to consumers.
  • For example, it found than 95 percent of dividends can be paid by direct bank deposits or funds added to government-issued debit cards, keeping costs low.
  • Over 3,500 economists [list sorted by state] this year endorsed returning a carbon dividend to households in the Wall Street Journal, saying it follows “sound economic principles.”
  • H.R. 763’s text stipulates that the total expenses needed to administer the Carbon Dividend Trust Fund will not exceed 2% of the total amount collected by the fifth year of the program.

Then go back to drawing out your meeting partner’s thoughts after sharing one or two sentences.
Ask what they think about what you have said. 

  • “What additional information would be helpful for you to determine whether this study addresses your concerns?” or “What additional stipulations would you like to see in HR 763 to feel comfortable supporting the dividend delivery?”, etc.

Continue to reflect what you hear, affirm common values, and ask respectful, open-ended questions.

Think Ahead: What additional key questions do you want to map out for your meetings?

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