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The Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C.

The Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.

We know how to Google something.  Texting while driving is dangerous.  It’s obvious when someone is Skyping or Facetiming.

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.”

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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