About the workshop:
Learn to speak to a very specialized audience—members of Congress and their staff. They control billions of dollars for scientific research, yet as a group know very little about how science works. This online policy workshop will be most useful for scientists and administrators who go to Capitol Hill on organized “lobby days” or who have other occasion to visit a Congressional office in an official capacity. Participants will learn what members care about, how they think, and the keys to an effective presentation. Participants will use their JAM tool to develop talking points and strategy for the meeting. Those who have had Capitol Hill meetings will be invited to share their experiences. In order to make this workshop more worthwhile, participants will be expected to prepare a brief 3-minute pitch for an interactive role play with the instructor, who is a former staff member in the US Senate. Those who anticipate making a Congressional visit soon may use the role play to practice for the meeting.
- Participants will gain a clearer understanding of what to expect from a visit to a Congressional office and what is expected from them.
- They will also get to experience, through role-play, some of the unexpected difficulties that may arise during a congressional meeting and how to respond to them.
Spring 2019 Sessions:
Space for this online workshop is limited. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will close applications for each session as they become filled.
Jay Branegan is a Senior Fellow at The Lugar Center in Washington, D.C., where he works on foreign policy and bipartisan governance issues. Jay joined TLC after working as a communications coordinator with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an international environmental group.