Placing a phone call to elected to elected officials and policymakers is a great way to let them know what matters to their constituents. While it might seem intimidating to speak as a representative of a cause, it doesn’t have to be! All it takes is a little bit of preparation. Follow these guidelines to make a quick and effective pitch for your position.

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Each call placed to an elected official is counted and informs their understanding about the priorities of the people they represent. No matter how a message comes in—by phone, e-mail, fax, or carrier pigeon—it is entered into a program known as a constituent-management system, and counted.

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Step 1

Identify the Recipient

Use our action guide to find priority issues and contact information, or use a tool to search for your representatives.

Step 2

Make your Phone Call

Plan your phone call using the guidelines below. If you’re calling about an issue from our action guide, start with the suggested scripts that we’ve written, or craft your script in your own words using the talking points that we’ve provided. Take the time to write a constructive, fact based letter using your most professional, confident, and clear voice. Do your best to keep the call brief and to the point.

Guidelines for an Effective Phone Call

Be Prepared

Prepare yourself with background on the issue you want to call about and the action that you want to be taken. Prepare a script and review it carefully. Integrate concise facts and talking points from our action guide.

Identify Yourself

Identify yourself by your first and last name, and the state or district that you belong to. When appropriate, ask to speak with the legislative assistant responsible for the issue you are calling about.

Be Constructive

Be positive and recommend how you want the individual to address issues. Find common ground and mention previous positive actions the individual has taken in the past.

Be Appreciative

Avoid emotional attacks or threats. Remember to thank individuals for their attention. Follow the issue and thank them later if they act on the issue.

Step 3

Tell us about your call!

Let us know who you called, and what your call was about and we’ll send you a special sticker to thank you for speaking out!

Learn from your phone calls and pay attention to what gets the best response. Becoming an effective voice for endangered killer whales requires practice and reflection.