When I was the Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs for the Judicial Council, I had the responsibillity and privilege of interviewing a large number of very qualified candidates for positions as legislative advocates in our office.
Among the many things that we asked applicants to do was to identify the qualities that an lobbyist must have ot be effective. Not suprisingly, nearly all applicants gave some mix of the following answers:
- subject matter expertise
- knowledge of the "players"
- knowledge of legislative processes, procedures, rules and calendars
- people skills
- good judgment
- political savvy
- good communication skills
This items on this list are commonly given, almost to the point of cliche, because as far they go, they are correctly identified as being important: they are all attributes which serve the lobbyist well.