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After a meeting, it is important to thank those who participated, especially if they have agreed to help you with fall prevention efforts. While it is easy to send an email thanking someone, a letter or hand-written note will carry more weight because it shows you made an extra effort to thank them. This also provides a good opportunity to mention what each side has agreed to do.

As mentioned above, remember to follow up to ensure the completion of action items and next steps. More importantly, offer to help in the process in any way that you can and to provide any additional information needed. Often, it will be you and a staff member who make things happen.

The advocacy process is a relationship-building process. The better your target audience gets to know you, the better the process will go. Sending along new tidbits and ideas that fit with what you have already been discussing will help build your relationship and contribute to your success.

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