Tell Your Story

It’s time to get past the talking points and get personal.

Meeting with your elected officials and their legislative staff is the most effective way to influence the policies that affect manufacturing in America. But beyond the technical and issue based side of meeting with your member of Congress (MOC), there is a second key aspect to your meeting that is equally important; telling your story.

  • What community or charitable groups are you a part of?
  • Do you or your staff volunteer or actively fundraise for causes or issues?
  • Are you involved with any innovative partnerships with local schools or other organizations around workforce development?
  • Who are your employees?
  • How long have they been with you?
  • Are you expanding or hiring new employees?
  • Do you have an innovative program that is helping grow your business and create jobs?
  • Do you host a Manufacturing Day event?
  • Do you host elected officials at your factory?
  • What is the top take away a Member of Congress should know about your company?

These stories put a human face on your issues and personalize your MOC’s decisions when it comes to policies affecting manufacturers. Telling your story is the human element often lost in charts, numbers and graphs that is difficult quantify and share with outside audiences.

To that end, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has developed a brief questionnaire designed to help you share the personal stories and community involvement that paint a deeper picture of who you are, why you do what you do and why manufacturing is so critical to not just the economy, but to the fabric of local communities across the country.

By completing the form, you will receive a customized office leave-behind specific to your manufacturing company or facility and the stories that make it unique and special. These stories will help your elected officials to better know you and your manufacturing company or facility.

It’s time to get past the talking points and get personal.

For questions or assistance, please contact NAM Director of Public Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy Christopher Glen at or (202) 637-3132.