Category Washington

How James Comey Can Help You

The hubbub surrounding last week’s testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee rivaled that of John Dean, Anita Hill, and Oliver North in the pantheon of Congressional hearings. I don’t intend to pose an exhaustive review here. Rather, let’s use the spotlight his hearing focused on the Hill to examine […]

How the New Administration’s Attacks on the Press Impact You

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 […]

Persuading Team Trump: The New Inside-the-Beltway Reality

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 […]

Can a Grand Bargain Rescue Your Public Policy Goals?

I’ve written in recent weeks about the unpredictability of the new president-elect and how that affects businesses attempting to establish ties with the nascent administration. In an effort to gather as much intelligence as possible, I’ve been talking with public affairs pros to get their takes. A few days ago, I had one of those […]

What’s Your Message for the New Administration?

I was talking yesterday with a friend who’s a government relations (GR) expert. He works for a trade association with some heavy hitting corporate members. Naturally, our conversation turned to the aftermath of Tuesday’s presidential election. He raised a public policy dilemma that I suspect most if not all organizations active in the public policy […]

Thanks, PRSA-NCC

I’d be remiss not to thank my gracious hosts for my presentation last Wednesday morning to the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter on the topic of working with reporters and getting your spokespeople up to speed. Susan Apgood and Danny Selnick organized a top-notch event, with Susan doubling as moderator. Fellow panelist […]

Following Up with Your Member of Congress

Welcome back to this series of excerpts from my new research report Thrill on the Hill: How to Turn Congressional Testimony into Public Policy Success. Stay tuned for more in weeks to come. —————– Once your round of Congressional testimony is complete, what follow up steps with members of Congress and their staffs are most […]