We’re hearing a lot of apologies lately in politics, the news media and popular culture. But why do so many of them sound incomplete or insincere? And what’s the benefit of a well-executed apology?
The annual report is arguably the most important document that your organization will distribute all year. Want to make a lasting impression? Take note of these three (relatively underused) trends.
In a blog post for the Public Affairs Council, Sheree Anne Kelly points out that “Advocacy and communications are noisy spaces…An exponential increase in constituent communications has occurred, while the size of the average legislator’s staff hasn’t increased in decades.” So how do we, as communicators, break through the noise?
Early this afternoon, two of Washington’s so-called ‘super lobbyists’ took to social media site Reddit to participate in the popular “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session. Jack Quinn and John Feehery from QGA, a bi-partisan public affairs firm, subjected themselves to more than an hour of live Q & A with strangers, many of whom asked some tough questions.
In post-shutdown D.C., the overwhelming influx of lobbyist activity has clipped the impact of many grassroots advocacy campaigns. For the most part, it’s difficult to leave a voice mail on the hill, much less get past automated email responses and spam filters.
The #ComeTogether campaign solicited public signatures urging congress to reopen the government, pay national debts on time, and pass a long-term budget deal by the end of 2013.
After 16 days of shutdown, the government is back in action. Did the ability to ‘drunk dial Congress’ help conclude this mess? Probably not. Could a new way to reach audiences and lobby members impact how we as communicators strategize our future advocacy efforts? Maybe.
Many trade associations have not let the government shutdown stall their advocacy activities. According to The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus, “While the staffing furloughs have forced some last-minute venue changes and communications problems, trade groups say their events have mostly gone off with out a hitch.”