One of the best ways of advancing your public policy agenda is to make your company’s voice heard on Capitol Hill. What better way to do that than to conduct a Washington fly-in? Yes, let your grassroots advocates plead your case to their members of Congress. Spring not only brings the cherry blossoms to our […]

I recently sat down to swap business tales with a colleague who runs a marketing agency. It’s always good to gain the perspective of others, and I am most appreciative of those who are generous with their ideas; I try to reciprocate whenever possible. Sometimes they can really help crystallize nascent ideas or raise new […]

Alarm bells are ringing in some journalistic circles concerning the Trump administration’s broadsides against the press. I don’t do political commentary since my focus remains on media training and Congressional testimony preparation for corporate and association clients. Suffice to say our First Amendment rights need to remain sacrosanct. Leaving the politics for others, let us […]

Technology can be your friend. Or it can work against you. Have you ever noticed how some people tend to get bogged down with the bells and whistles when they speak in public? I recall one presentation skills training workshop that drove the point home. The project involved teaching a handful of leading experts who […]

Once upon a time, I worked in the field of insurance regulation, so I know how important it is to get insurance coverage right. Your business has insurance for fire, cyberattacks, worker injury, and a laundry list of other things. But are you insured in the event of a communications crisis that threatens your treasured […]

I’m not a big fan of webinars. Sure, they can be useful for technical types of training. However, I’ve never found them useful for my purposes in aiding clients in need of a magnetic message and the communications skills to deliver it. With that bias acknowledged, I admit that I do try them out every […]

Following is an excerpt from my latest position paper, “Persuading Team Trump The New Inside-the-Beltway Reality.” It was a scant two days after the 2016 presidential election. A friend and I had long ago planned to catch up over coffee. It just so happens that he handles government relations for a trade association. You can […]