Blog 2017-09-08T15:35:40+00:00
210, 2017

Running an Effective Campaign Meeting

By | October 2nd, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Running an Effective Campaign Meeting

Let’s face it. We all have too many meetings. If you’re in any kind of professional role, you sit through a massive amount of meetings. And how many of them are well-run? How many of them reach an objective, and provide takeaway actions and follow-up steps? Probably not many. Local campaign meetings are an interesting animal. Not only do they serve the purpose of convening the team to lay out the campaign game [...]

2509, 2017

Making Sure Your Volunteers are On Message

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Making Sure Your Volunteers are On Message

Once you reach a point in your campaign where you’ve got a team of volunteers out in the community helping you get elected, it’s important to keep those people working out of the same playbook. When someone’s walking door-to-door on your behalf, or representing you at an event, it’s important that the words coming out of their mouth are aligned with everything else you’re doing in your campaign. That shouldn’t be a problem, right? [...]

1109, 2017

Going to campaign school? Here’s what you should get out of it.

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Going to campaign school? Here’s what you should get out of it.

I remember going to a campaign school years ago – you’ve seen them, these all-day affairs where you go to a hotel, and a bunch of speakers run through their services for you, while giving you a little bit of expertise on the side. This one was long ago enough that one of the speakers was trying to convince the local candidates in the room that they needed to design a web site [...]

3008, 2017

Taking on national issues in a local campaign

By | August 30th, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Taking on national issues in a local campaign

I caught a facebook post for one of our local candidates on his campaign page the other day – a constituent asking him out-of-the-blue if he would denounce recent actions by President Trump. You’ve probably already seen it in your campaigns, no matter what side you’re on, but especially if you’re a Republican this year: questions being thrown at you about national politics. There’s a standard answer for this that candidates use, something [...]

1403, 2017

5 Things Candidates Can Do on a Snowy Day

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 5 Things Candidates Can Do on a Snowy Day

Not much you can do – almost the entire eastern part of the country is being inundated today with snow, wind and cold. Cancellations everywhere, and the ability to actually get stuff done is pretty diminished. That being said, there’s a benefit to having some time to yourself without interruptions, in that you can wrap your head around some things that daily life won’t usually let you. If you’re running for local office [...]

303, 2017

Not Ready to Run Yet? There’s Still Lots You Can Do

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: NOT Politics as Usual|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Not Ready to Run Yet? There’s Still Lots You Can Do

A few days ago, I recorded the next interview for The Campaign Coach podcast – a fantastic conversation with New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, who I actually saw take his first oath of office as an Erie County Legislator back in 2004, when I was a member of the Legislature staff. As legislator, and now as state senator, Tim has been an effective representative for Western New York, and has become a good [...]