The Hill – as Washington D.C. is affectionately called – or not, depending upon who you are, seems like a sort of Hollywood. It’s amazing how much politicians resemble actors. In fact, when I used to work at a law firm, the lawyers would joke that they were all just frustrated actors. Given the high level of filibustering, that really makes sense. And imagine, they usually don’t even have a script! That’s really quite a talent, when you think about it.
It may sound as though I’m not fond of D.C. – but that’s not really true. In fact, I find the vibe to be exciting when I have the energy to deal with it. But I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t get tiresome. Especially traipsing around town from client to client.
That’s why I use meeting rooms. I can set up appointments all day long and barely move a muscle. Doesn’t do much for my figure, but it sure saves my feet! Not to mention, my energy. I usually get there early and spend the day. I can prepare for my meetings and get everything set up, which is way better than having to do it over and over again at different locations. Besides, I feel more powerful when I’m on my own turf — even if only temporary.
It’s kind of like having a fancy auxiliary office – only you can actually afford it. These days, an office space in Washington costs more than even the most established firms can afford comfortably – especially considering all the cutbacks that companies have been forced to make.
One of the great things about outside conference rooms is that they have everything I need to have a really impressive meeting. The most amazing part is that they start at around $35 an hour in Washington, D.C.. For the amount of aggravation I save, that’s a bargain. In fact, I’m saving money by renting a short term meeting space, since I don’t have to rent a car and waste money on gas.