Archive for 'Government Relations'

Which Organizations Are Trusted Most On Capitol Hill?

This blog post first appeared on Forbes.com

Some interesting research from David K. Rehr, PhD, CEO of TransparaGov, Inc. and Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, has revealed what congressional staff really think about the various institutions that lobby them. There’s good news for state and local governments, non-profits and small business (and even the federal government) but mixed news for corporations and unions. Although the research was conducted with congressional staff and not ...

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Five Reasons The NRA Won The Recent Gun Control Debate That Have Nothing To Do With Politics

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No matter one’s position on gun control, there are lessons we can learn from the recent battle on background checks. According to Gallup, Over 90% of the public supports background checks for all gun purchases, yet the measure failed to pass the U.S. Senate.

According to most published sources, the reason is simple: the NRA has tons of money and threatened to “primary” those who voted against their will in the next election. If ...

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How Special Interests Won and Lost the Budget and Sequester Fights

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A couple weeks ago, the U.S. Senate adopted numerous “message” amendments to the 2014 budget resolution.  The message amendments are nonbinding, but reveal the causes that have momentum for the “real” budget fight later. According to

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‘Own The Awkward’ And Three Other Presentation Lessons from Senator Marco Rubio’s State Of The Union Response

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It’s that time again to see what, if anything, we can learn from those who have to influence legions of people who do not report to them, do not know them personally, and could not care less about public policy. . . . namely, our elected officials.  ...

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Four Presentation Lessons from President Obama’s State of the Union Speech

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Even political junkies admit that the State of the Union (SOTU) speech can be tough for the President delivering it. It’s a list of policy proposals that can cause one to fall into a trance, regardless of their value or importance. Kind of like some of the presentations you may have to deliver for your organization.

Thus, it’s an exacting task to make it persuasive and engaging. Here are some lessons we can learn ...

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Lessons From Obama’s Victory And Romney’s Loss That You Can Apply To Your Cause

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A political campaign is a lot like your life — it’s a series of connected moves intended to get others to buy-in to your ideas and to you. There are several learning moments you can take from the presidential campaigns and apply the next time you need buy-in for your concept, product or cause.

1. Build from Your Strengths

So many organizations (and individuals) feel they need to grow from shoring up their weaknesses. While ...

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The Final Three Persuasion Lessons from the Final Presidential Debate: Obama’s Zingers vs. Romney’s Restraint

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In my last post, I shared some persuasion lessons from the first Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. Because each debate reveals new persuasion tactics and lessons, I couldn’t resist writing a sequel to my Continue Reading →

Three Methods of Persuasion You Can Copy From Obama and Romney (and one from Joe Biden that you should not copy)

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You might think that political candidates don’t have a lot to teach you about communicating with your employees or shareholders. Actually they do.

When you give a speech, you have a captive audience – “political prisoners,” if you will. The meetings are mandatory, and they have to listen to you. I find it amusing how audiences of employees laugh with more gusto at executive jokes that would barely register if told by another employee ...

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Mounting Chatter that Victory is ‘Inevitable’ Could Boomerang Against Obama

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It seems that most pollsters, pundits and many media outlets are declaring the Presidential election preordained. According to them, the election isn’t over, but show time has been set, and the fat lady is in rehearsal. This “inevitability” theme is actually an influence tactic that I believe could backfire by motivating Romney’s supporters and Romney himself.

It’s a tactic that basically equates “big” with victory. I’ve written extensively about why it’s good to be ...

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What Joe Ricketts is Doing Right with His Super PAC

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Another super PAC contribution is drawing attention, this one via Joe Ricketts, the founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade, Inc. His family also owns the Chicago Cubs.

He not only is planning to contribute huge sums (over $18 million planned for 2011-2012) but he has taken the initiative to establish his own Super PAC, complete with staff and his personal oversight.

As I wrote in my last post, there is a right way and ...

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