Archive for November, 2010

Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations, 1-day course in Washington, DC from TheCapitol.Net

Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations, 1-day course in Washington, DC from TheCapitol.Net

Understanding Congressional Budgeting and Appropriations photo credit: sdc2027 This engaging course explores basic congressional budget process concepts along with key players, their roles and relationships. Learn about discretionary and mandatory spending, the budget resolution and reconciliation process. Students also learn about the relationship of authorization and appropriations legislation. Hear real, modern-day examples that illustrate the […]

How to Fix a Broken Congress: A Radical Workable Guide, A New Book from Two Seas Media and TheCapitol.Net

How to Fix a Broken Congress: A Radical Workable Guide, A New Book from Two Seas Media and TheCapitol.Net

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Irrespective of which party controls the majority, existing congressional practices will remain in place. Without significant change to those practices, they will produce the same old results. Those same old results have driven the country into a dire situation. It is time to correct for this. It is time — and it […]

Delivering Effective Oral Presentations

Delivering Effective Oral Presentations

Whenever you must give an oral presentation, being aware of a few critical elements can make a significant difference in the impact of your presentation. photo credit: bionicteaching First, make certain you know how loudly you must speak in order to be heard. Venues come in all different sizes and shapes. Whenever possible, get an […]

Thinking Through the Policy Before Drafting Legislation

Thinking Through the Policy Before Drafting Legislation

Legislative drafts can fail for two reasons. Some fail because of poor communication while others fail due to a lack of imagination. Whenever there is a lack of communication, in most cases the draft is simply not clear. Common sense editing can usually resolve this problem. Whenever there is a lack of imagination, the draft […]

“Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials” Author on C-SPAN

“Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials” Author on C-SPAN

Bradford Fitch talked about his book Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials. Despite conventional wisdom about the power lobbyists have in Washington DC, Mr. Fitch believes that a well-informed constituency can be a driving force in swaying elected officials. The book offers advice on how to approach members of Congress, the value of being informed […]

Connecting your Message with your Audience

Connecting your Message with your Audience

When you develop a communications plan, the goal is to get your message across to your intended audience. To connect your message with your audience, there are six common techniques you can use to accomplish your goal. photo credit: cyanocorax Statistics One of the most persuasive tools in any communication plan is the use of […]

“Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials” Author on C-SPAN Washington Journal November 26, 2010

“Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials” Author on C-SPAN Washington Journal November 26, 2010

Bradford Fitch will be on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Friday, November 26, 2010, 9:15 am. He will be interviewed about his new book, Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials. Video of the program will be available following the live show on the C-SPAN Video Library. The Citizen’s Handbook provides practical guidance how to prepare for […]

Understanding Terms and Sessions of Congress – The 112th Congress

Understanding Terms and Sessions of Congress – The 112th Congress

A term of Congress lasts for two years. Each term begins at 12:00 noon on January 3rd of odd-numbered years, approximately two months after general elections are held. However, the 112th Congress will convene on January 5, 2011. A complete list of all previous Terms of Congress is available at TermsofCongress.com. photo credit: cdsessums In […]

Custom, On-Site Congressional Testifying Training from TheCapitol.Net

Custom, On-Site Congressional Testifying Training from TheCapitol.Net

Our “Preparing and Delivering Congressional Testimony” course is commonly offered as a 2-day custom on-site training program for executives, scientists, managers, attorneys, and others who are involved with preparing for and delivering testimony at congressional hearings. For over 30 years, TheCapitol.Net and its predecessor, Congressional Quarterly Executive Conferences, have been training professionals from government, military, […]

Playmobil Saves Christmas!

Playmobil Saves Christmas!

The Playmobil Security Check Point is no longer available, but don’t despair, Playmobil Safe Crackers (Thieves) is! I’ve been following the recent controversy over the TSA’s body imaging X-ray machines, otherwise known as the “backscatter” or “exhibit-yourself-in-the-nude” devices. It made me reminisce about an old post I wrote about the Playmobil airline screening playset. I […]

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