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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez listens during a hearing.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez listens during a hearing.
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Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is known for her sharp, astute questions in hearings, whether she’s grilling Michael Cohen or Mark Zuckerberg.

In her Instagram story yesterday, the wildly popular Democrat from the Bronx shared her preparation process, describing an efficient approach that borrows elements from academic research and bartending. She also credits the late Rep. Elijah Cummings for his guidance.

Few of us could pull off the charisma and incisiveness of AOC’s hearing performances, but there is plenty to learn from her process, whether you’re preparing for a congressional hearing, a team meeting, or a sales presentation. Among her habits:

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