Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Global Communicators Primer to Non-traditional U.S. Media

Today marks the last in a series of excerpts from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” Once upon a time, a media relations person needed to be familiar with only the newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and television and radio stations that covered her issue. That horizon has broadened significantly in […]

Successful Capitol Hill Fly-ins: The Video

The Washington D.C. fly-in is a time-honored tradition for many organizations. That’s why I’ve produced a brief video on how to navigate these important business meetings.   The cold, hard fact is if your members look bad because they are unprepared during their Hill visits, your job security could be in jeopardy. How can you […]

Trends in American Media

Today we continue with an excerpt from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” American media differ significantly from that in many other countries. For instance, there are fewer newspapers in the U.S. than in many other locations. This trend has accelerated in recent years with, regrettably, the closure of many […]

You’re the Best Communications Training Consultant? Hogwash!

Don’t worry, this isn’t a sales pitch. As regular readers and contributors to this community know, I make my living as a communications training consultant. And I have a gripe. It’s a beef with consultants who put forward such nonsensical, unverified statements as, “When it comes to media training and preparation for that critical interview, […]

Useful DC Organizations for Newly Arrived Communicators

Today we examine places international arrivals can turn with an excerpt from my position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” In raising the topic of transitions to Washington, D.C., with a variety of global communicators, it was striking that few offered suggestions of organizations dedicated to helping them adjust to a new country. […]

Global Communicators: Expanding Your Contacts in Washington

Today we continue with an excerpt from my recent position paper, “The Global Communicator’s Welcome to Washington Guide.” Nearly every new person posted to Washington is replacing one on the way out. Many embassies don’t offer a long transition period, if any in some cases, particularly when there is a change of government. Corporate workers […]

A Matter of Ethics

All of us want to deal with others who are above reproach (well, almost everyone; if you don’t qualify, you can stop reading right now). None of us wants to endanger our companies and our own professional reputations by bringing on board consultants with low ethical standards. How can you separate the wheat from the […]