Stacey’s Positioning Tips
1. Get Trained – Before you decide to run for office, you should seriously consider attending a political leadership training.
2. Campaign for Others – Working on a campaign team is great experience to have before you decide to become a candidate.
3. Prepare for Public Speaking – As a candidate for elected office, you will engage in public speaking and repeat your message thousands of times during your campaign.
4. Join Community Organizations – Join and participate to meet others in different industries with similar interests. Junior League, Urban League, League of Women Voters, Kiwanis and Rotary are a few great community organizations.
5. Join Professional Organizations – Get involved in your professional industry organization, for examples Society of Human Resources Management, National Association of Social Workers and National Society of Accountants.
6. Seek an Appointment – Serving on a local, state or federal Board or Commission is a great way to serve and get experience before you run.
7. Know Community Issues – Attend city council, county commission or legislative meetings to understand the issues in your community. Read you local city and county newspapers, blogs and websites to learn more.
8. Take a Leadership Role – Running for a position on your Home Owners Association, Parent Teacher Association, Sorority or Fraternity.
9. Serve on a Nonprofit Board – Join a nonprofit board around issues of importance to you like animals, the environment, homelessness, civil rights or children. You will serve, expand your skill set and meet leaders in other industries.
10. Get Involved with your Political Party – Attend your party meetings and events to get involved, understand the lay of the land and meet the major players.
11. Volunteer your Time – Volunteer in your community to pass out meals with Meals on Wheels, read to children through a Literacy Association or lead a Girl Scout or Boy Scout.