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4 Things You Need to Know Before Running for Office

October 10, 2017    
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When you finally decide to run for office, the excitement surrounding it can make you overlook the preparation needed for it. If you think you have what it takes to be a politician, these tips should help shed light on what you need to know before your campaign begins.

Practice Your Public Speaking

Compelling speakers aren’t born overnight. It takes practice to come across as authentic, articulate and inspirational. Before you get up on the podium, take some time to rehearse your speeches. In addition, you should be prepared to speak on the spot as well.

You can use your friends and family as a sounding board when you practice. If you don’t have anyone on hand, consider hiring a speech coach. The internet is also full of resources that should help you take your charisma skills to the next level.

Know Which Race to Run

While it might sound silly, it’s wise to objectively look at who’s sitting in the seat you want if this is your first time running for office. incumbents are usually re-elected, which means the odds are stacked against you if you choose to run against them. While it’s not impossible, you should consider any open seat options. If you’re just getting your foot in the door of politics, having a good chance of winning is always a motivational way to start.

With that being said, if you believe the person holding the seat you want has a weakness, go for it!

Social Networking   

By now, you’ve probably seen just how powerful social media can be. Harnessing it to rally supporters is a must in today’s day and age. While you may have a Facebook page ready to go, it’s essential that you use it correctly. Instead of just posting, you should be building your community. Engage with those who are commenting and make sure your content is educational and valuable for those who might align with your views. 

If you feel overwhelmed by all of the different channels, consider hiring a specialist. PoliticalBank‘s candidates target their voters on social media. Regardless of if you do it yourself or tap someone else for the job, you should set clear, achievable goals to ensure your efforts are being put to good use. It’s never too early to start when it comes to building your social media accounts, so if you haven’t already, get going!

Fundraising

Raising money for your campaign is arguably one of the most important duties as a politician. This process is not easy or fast, so it’s essential that you budget time and effort to do so. If this is your first time running for office, it will become clear who you can rely on to help you with this feat. Even if your brother seems like a perfect candidate to help you fundraise, you should probably bring someone else on your team who has a proven track record.

Additionally, If you have a number in your head of what you believe you can raise, chances are you won’t meet it. Prepare accordingly.

Whether you want to run this upcoming year or are interested in running in the future, it’s always a good idea to prepare early. PoliticalBank can help strengthen your campaign and get you on the road to success.

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Lauren Murrah is a social media manager at Political Bank. She strives to bring valuable & informative stories to voters & politicians alike.