Posts Categorized: Public Affairs

How to Get Ready for Your Next Presentation

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For many us, public speaking ranks as our biggest fear. As a result, you may say no to giving presentations even to small groups. Or when you say yes, you procrastinate, become filled with dread, and stumble through the experience with much emotion and mixed results. That’s a shame. Because public speaking, especially in your

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4 Smart Ways to Engage Partners in Communications

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A strategic partnership is social change gold in our world. Partnerships unite leaders working to advance issues. They allow for an exchange of resources that amplify both partners’ work. And they generate new ideas for making effective and lasting change. Partners cans also work together to combine communications superpowers to make a big splash for

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5 Components of Messaging to Amplify Your Brand

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Messaging can transform the way your audience interacts with your brand. At best, punchy messages raise your profile, spark brand engagement and strengthen your ability to do what you do best by compelling audience connection and support. At worst, woolly messages hinder brand presence and engagement because your target audience members don’t understand or care

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7 Ways Lawmakers Can Help Your Nonprofit

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With all 50 state legislatures now in session nonprofit leaders will spend much time this year in state capitols asking lawmakers to vote for a piece of legislation or an appropriation. Public policy and money always matter. But state lawmakers, Members of Congress and local elected officials can do much more to help your nonprofit

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How to Run a Meeting at the White House (and Other Public Offices)

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Last month, I had the pleasure of accompanying Reclaiming Futures National Executive Director Susan Richardson and her colleague Donna Wiench to Washington D.C. to meet with a targeted group of elected officials and policymakers. Together, the three of us met with administrators at U.S. Department of Justice, staff at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy,

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