Tags: events

FYD Convention, FDP JJ and Netroots Nation 2011!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be on the road, attending the Florida Young Democrats 2011 Convention which will be occurring in conjunction with the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Weekend at the Westin-Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida and Netroots Nation 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   At the FYD Convention, I’ll be conducting a training session on planning […]

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Unconventional Wisdom: Events

As I looked back on 2010 and saw the great big failures, they troubled me.  Messaging failures, generally unprepared or unqualified campaign staff, candidates unwilling to learn, listen and/or improve, and of course strategies that were designed to fail from the start…  But then there was a feeling of downright anger.  How the hell can […]

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Tools for a Better Organized Campaign

Back in December, I posted Organizing – The Foundation of Progress, the most basic rules of organizing.  I also promised to begin posting some forms and other tools to assist in organizing campaigns.  I’m going to start with a basic fundraising spreadsheet, based on what is used on my December 7th post on fund raising: […]

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Conventional Un-Wisdom – Appearance

This is the first of a series of post that will take on some of the myths and mistakes that circulate campaigns and the pundit-sphere unchallenged. We will be provide links on the sidebar to the right to resources for people seeking employment in progressive campaigns, from direct job listings to career and training resources. If your candidate or campaign is in need of training or other assistance, please contact us.

Conventional Un-Wisdom – As a candidate, I am engaging in what is essentially a continuous job interview, as such I should wear a suit and tie everywhere I go (or similar business attire for female candidates).

This one is very common, and very funny to observe at times. Very few districts at any level have a community in which a business suit is “standard attire.” This becomes even more obvious when you look at the electorate, particularly the universes most likely to be targeted by a progressive campaign. If you don’t recognize it is funny to see a guy (or gal) in a business suit speaking to a crowd at pig roast or a county fair, you may need to get your observation skills re-tuned.

When you are perceived as overdressed by the audience, it adds to the barriers already stacked up against a candidate for breaking through with their message. The audience sees the candidate as less approachable, less like themselves, they become far less likely to become emotionally tied to the campaign. This reduces donor and volunteer potential, and it closes doors the campaign may not even be able to find on their own.

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