Running a political campaign is one of the most challenging and exhausting activities possible. Running a typical campaign will mean 12+ hour long work days for several months. On Election Day, either you win, or you and your entire campaign team are fired. As you approach the final days of the campaign, this creates a huge amount of stress and pressure for success.
Hiring campaign consultants can be tough on a candidate or manager, and the wrong initial choices may start a campaign into a death spiral. Fortunately, there are some common-sense guidelines to help your campaign gain altitude.
Studies show that contact from campaigns significantly increases a young person’s likelihood of turning out to vote on Election Day. Plus, it’s cost-efficient and easy to integrate with your overall campaign strategy.
Studies have shown that an audience bases their judgment of the quality of a speaker as follows:
Body Language: 55%
Vocal Qualities 38%
Over 93% of your perception as a speaker is from factors other than what you say!
Political campaigns cannot afford to waste resources, whether financial, human, or time. An uncoordinated effort will waste all of these directly as well as indirectly through inefficiency. Below are some common examples of wasteful campaign spending, along with advice in how to avoid these situations.
At its essence successful public relations is all about story telling — and every campaign or non-profit, no matter who they may be, has a great story to tell. It may take a while to identify and massage your campaign’s story and it may also take some practice to refine delivering the messages and preparing for questions, but once you’ve settled on the dimensions of your story and who is best equipped to tell it, then it becomes very important to determine which audiences and supporters you need to influence who needs to hear and understand your story.
As campaign consultants we must offer our clients more than just the usual fare of voter targeting, issue research, polling, message crafting, and all the nuts and bolts of campaigning.
We must be aware of the election laws and the procedures used by local election officials to conduct the elections and enforce these laws. In close elections, the consultant must be ever vigilant for anomalies and obvious changes in voter patterns on a precinct-by-precinct basis.
Technology is changing the way we work, shop, bank, exercise and most other areas of life.; Why would we expect political campaigns to be immune?
It’s been 30 years since Robert Redford played the role of Bill McKay in “The Candidate,” which accurately represented what was then a whole new political form:
Going negative is not a step to be taken lightly, although today more campaigns go negative more quickly than ever before.
Janice M. King, president of Janice King Communications, when discussing negative advertising in general, said that negative messages about competitors create FUD: fear, uncertainty, and doubt. You must consider seriously the implications of your candidate causing FUD and its resulting stresses on the political system.
I am often asked to explain what a political leadership coach is and why it is an emerging specialty within the coaching profession. The practice and art of political leadership coaching is born out of the need to support public leaders as they traverse the highly challenging issues during these polarizing and partisan times.