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Texts, Lies and Videotape: Non-profits in a volatile media landscape

At first, Anne and I were stumped. And that doesn’t happen often. While addressing a group of communications experts and executive directors of non-profit organizations at ComNet18 in San Francisco recently, the timely question was raised: how does the divisive tone and negative energy found in so many media interviews now affect a group’s ability […]

Delivering a great presentation

Good presentations don’t just appear out of thin air. They are scripted, choreographed and practiced. Last week I saw a great presentation at the ComNet in California. The team at Adamec communications and FrameWorks reminded me again what makes some talks an absolute pleasure to watch. Here are some things I noticed in their presentation: It was well rehearsed.  […]

We really do have binders full of women

There’s a new list on the block. was just launched to be an easy-to-search database for women who work in tech policy.  Sourcelist grew out of a twitter query a few years ago from Susan Hennessey, who started keeping a list for people who asked her.  Now the list lives under a Brookings banner […]

Repetition Recognition

In his first televised interview for his book A Higher Loyalty – Truth, Lies and Leadership, former FBI Director James Comey used strong, proven methods on how to own your message — ones that any public speaker could mimic. In Comey’s prime-time interview with George Stephanopoulos on April 15, Comey called President Donald Trump a “person […]