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Inside Washington's Briefings Culture

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Washington folks spend a lot of time writing briefings. But you might not guess just how much -- and now you don't have to. Check out this survey that lays it all bare.

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Inside Washington's Briefings Culture

  1. 1. Inside Washington’s Briefings Culture FULL RESULTS OF CO ROLL CALL’$ SURVEY
  2. 2. To understand how much time people spend writing and preparing briefings, CG Roll Call surveyed more than 370 people online in April. u. 3‘: ; ?:'. ’‘. ''‘° I 9.0. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO cum: ‘*7’ .
  3. 3. The results were dramatic. Folks spend a lot of time briefing, whether its summarizing news, tracking bills or writing position papers. DOWNLOAD THE race BRIEF LIKE A PRO cum: ‘*7 L-""'“'“~~» .
  4. 4. Here are the of what we found, so you can measure your own situation. u. €34 DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO cum: ‘*7’ I
  5. 5. |g—GLL How much time do you spend reading Coil for work each day? Total Respondents: 355 Less than 30 mlnutes About 30 mlnutes About 1 Hour About 1.5 Hours About 2 Hours About 2.5 Hours About 3 Hours About 3.5 Hours About 4 Hours About 4.5 Hours About 5 Hours More Than 5 Hours DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE ‘*5-“
  6. 6. Analyze that and you’ll find that almost % spend at least 2 hours a day reading for work—more than a full work day each week. . . tie 5.73-5,'. '.f° ' Pro. - DOWNLOAD THE race BRIEF LIKE A PRO cum: "vii .
  7. 7. Do you write briefings for your boss regularly? Total Respondents: 362 YES nu ". __ :1. / 5Ifon_, ,‘e /1 , I. .. a ~. ,,_, _’: 'v. r,, ,_' 50: . ' DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE ': ‘k; L:L~ .
  8. 8. '5 On average, how often do you ROLL mil write these briefings? Total Respondents: 266 Several tlmes a week Dally Once a week Several tlmes a month Once a month Less often than once a month 5.» . ”l! L.. .~Q. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '3'? ‘
  9. 9. Do you write briefings for others such as colleagues, constituents, partners, supporters or your organization’s members regularly? YES 18% Total Respondents: 352 L
  10. 10. IE On average, how often do you write ROLL mil these briefings? Total Respondents: 289 Several tlmes a week Several tlmes a month Once a week Dally Once a month Less often than once a month DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '3'? ‘
  11. 11. 2 Overall, how much time do you spend each is day writing or preparing briefings? Total Respondents: 333 Less than 30 mlnutes About 30 mlnutes About 1 Hour About 1.5 Hours About 2 Hours About 2.5 Hours About 3 Hours About 3.5 Hours I About 4 Hours About 4.5 Hours About 5 Hours More Than 5 Hours DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '§‘*
  12. 12. Look into that and you find that fully half spend at least 1.5 hours a day- that’s another full work day each week. . . #55 I A. .. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE "IT L”‘I-""'“”~~» .
  13. 13. If you could, would you cut down on the time you spend briefing? Tzgntal P4,»; if>CIIT1iII', "I‘vI 5‘. YES
  14. 14. (We should say at this point that the first tool designed with Washington briefings in mind, can dramatically reduce the time you spend. ) FIND our MORE ABOUT CQ+ AND SEE THE VIDEO.
  15. 15. L How did you learn to put together a briefing? © Total Respondents: 323 I had to flgure It out on my own I follow an establlshed procedure I Inherited Someone at work showed me I took a class DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE
  16. 16. EL How well do people read your briefings? 0 CA Total Responde nts: 316 They read a lot of what I wrlte They read almost everythlng I wrlte I don't know how much they read They read some of what I wrlte I wlsh they read more of what I wrlte They don't read enough of what I wrlte DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '§*
  17. 17. Igu Where do you get your briefing materials? CAA Total Respondents: 307 I vlslt websltes (news, aggregators and others) I get emall newsletters and alerts I subscribe to a pald news servlce I borrow from whlte-label materlals Other I use a cllp servlce (lntemal or extemal) 5.» . ”l! L.. .~Q. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE *
  18. 18. '3 How do you compile your briefing materials? ROLL CA3 Total Respondents: 300 I cut and paste from articles I have a special tool or 0 servlce that facilitates 4 / " DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '*‘
  19. 19. ELL What do you use to create your briefings? CAA Total Respondents: 300 Word or Google Docs PowerPoint Excel or Google Sheets My organization’: lntemal system 9% A speclal app or software tool 6% A wlkl DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE .3?‘
  20. 20. Igu How do you feel about briefing duties? Total Respondents: 298 I don't mind briefing work I like briefing work I have mixed feelings I'd rather not do briefings I hate briefing work 5.» . ”l! L.. .~Q. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE '3'? ‘
  21. 21. Do you feel like it takes longer than it should to do your briefing work (even though the briefing itself may be necessary)? YES
  22. 22. There you have it. Briefings are a major part of many people's work lives. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE
  23. 23. That’s why we built CQ+ We interviewed more than 200 C0 clients even before the survey. And we knew $0methIn9 * oi . needed to be done. — ~ - ~ -. ~ FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CQ+ AND SEE THE VIDEO.
  24. 24. CQ+ pulls in whatever information you need—whether its movement on a bill, an issue, a committee or by a member—and displays it however you like. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CQ+ AND SEE THE VIDEO.
  25. 25. it’s that simple. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CQ+ AND sEE THE VIDEO.
  26. 26. If you aggregate news, track bills or write briefings and reports, it’s worth a look. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CQ+ AND SEE THE VIDEO.
  27. 27. + To find out more about CQ+, and see the video, stop by the site. CLICK HERE
  28. 28. If you haven’t already guessed, we also have a report on how to write better briefings. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE
  29. 29. Our goal is to help you get all those briefings done faster, so you can focus on more important things. We hope it helps. Lu 3?“ S-: i.', ',". "‘°-P. .. DOWNLOAD THE FREE BRIEF LIKE A PRO GUIDE ‘*5 .
  30. 30. Connectivity CO Fioll Ca| |'s Guide to Buildmg Engaged Communities The Connectivity blog is here to help associations. So if you like what you see here, please share it and visit connectivity. cqroIIcaII. com for even more!

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