Category Capitol Hill Fly-ins

Your Capitol Hill Fly-in Is Now a Zoom-in

No question about it. The coronavirus pandemic has created an entirely new Capitol Hill fly-in environment. Face to face meetings are all but impossible in the near term. Everyone has to adjust — your government relations staff, your advocates, Capitol Hill offices, and the consultant you work with to ready your troops. Will this at […]

Mailbag: Questions from the Online Road

I’ve had the recent pleasure of speaking before audiences at the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics and the National Press Club. The appearances have all been on Zoom. There are many drawbacks to that technology, chief among them the lack of audience interaction before, during, and after the presentation. That said, there is one […]

Advocacy: Greatest Hits

Today we’ll take a look at some perhaps forgotten C-suite Blueprint gems dealing with advocacy. I’ve curated some of the best for your benefit in this top 10 greatest hits list. Do you have one entry that particularly resonates with you? Share your thoughts with the community in the “Leave a Reply” box below. Winning […]

Five Minutes with Your Member of Congress

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 […]

A Reporter Asks You, “What Did You Think of the Debate?”

Much of America will be glued to the collective television next Monday evening for the first of three presidential debates. The water cooler talk the next day will no doubt be fast and furious (though let’s hope that, given today’s political climate, the fury doesn’t get too far out of hand). Have you given any […]

The Basics of Communications: A Review

The start of 2016 is as good a time as any to review some basics when it comes to communicating with reporters, policymakers, and audiences of any sort. Let’s begin with a few thoughts to improve your media relations capabilities: Anticipate your key issues and construct solid messages for them; Role play with those individuals […]

March = Capitol Hill Fly-ins

March is nearly upon us. The month is a popular one for organizations to petition their elected officials by holding Washington, D.C., fly-ins. As a refresher, let’s reprise a post from last year that covered the basics. You can find a complete listing of writings on the subject here: If you are more of a visual […]