And for each of those, we know exactly how the terms came to be.
While at the recent Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) meetings, in Washington, D.C., it was brought to my attention about how the term “lobbying” became a mainstream conjugation of the noun “lobby.”
I was with some PRGN colleagues from around the world, enjoying a post-meeting drink at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, located very near the White House. We learned that President Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, used to frequent the same establishment. He often met dignitaries and others with political agendas in the lobby of that hotel. As it became apparent they were trying to influence him and other elected officials, the term “lobbyist” was born. So we were told.
While HMA Public Relations does not do any lobbying, we do have a strong media relations practice, which requires equally strong relationships with the media, not the electeds. It allows our team to share information in an open and honest forum. We’ve built the trust that we are not going to push for coverage of something that wouldn’t be of interest to the media outlet’s readers, viewers, listeners or audience. And we tell the truth.
All in favor, say “Ay.”