How to Run a Campaign Meeting

The "Meetings Don't have to be Miserable" Guide

Reading Time: 6 minutes As Democrats, we love meetings. The tussle over competing ideas for a big fundraiser. The crispness of an agenda sliding off a freshly printed stack. Ok, so we don’t all love meetings. But maybe we could? Maybe we could at least like them! With these guidelines you can keep your meetings focused and make them enjoyable for anyone!

July 25th, 2018

FAQ: Your Campaign Volunteer Team

What are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding volunteers?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Every Campaign needs them. Every great campaign has great volunteers behind it. Volunteers are, by definition, those amazing people who offer their help without expectation of being paid. We're here to answer your questions on volunteers.

July 24th, 2018

11 Relational Organizing Best Practices For Your Political Campaign

Better ways to use who you know to reach out to all those people you need to know

Reading Time: 4 minutes With relational organizing, supporters leverage their pre-existing relationships to reach out to their friends, neighbors and colleagues, and convert supporters into organizers who will then recruit more supporters.

June 26th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet

Why you need one and who should — and should not — be included in your inner circle

Your kitchen cabinet is a strong asset to have in a political campaign. Whether you’re running for Congress or your local school board, having people with different points of view giving you advice can be enormously helpful. Every successful business has an advisory board, and your campaign should be no different. Typically a kitchen cabinet is made up of close [...]

January 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Re-Rolodexing Yourself

Your campaign can never have too many contacts or too much support.

Re-Rolodexing This is part two of our first blog on Networking and Rolodexing. Be sure to check it out if you missed it! So you’ve built your campaign rolodex — the amount of information in front of you might be overwhelming — but don’t you fret. NDTC is here with a guide to organizing and categorizing your rolodex and improve your campaign networking. Keeping [...]

January 20th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Doing Your Research

Information is power. And when you’re in the beginning stages of your campaign, the more information you have at your fingertips the better.

Opposition research isn’t glamorous and isn’t about finding personal “dirt” on your opponent. But, if your opponent claims they’ve never voted for a tax increase, but you know they have, now you have a story. Of course, the same goes for yourself. You’ll need to do some “self-research” so you know what your opponents might know about you. In any [...]

January 6th, 2018

Big Tips for Better Small Talk

Campaigns can seem daunting to people who have difficulty with small talk. Just the thought of approaching strangers and striking up a conversation with them can seem daunting. More people have problems with casual conversation than you might think. And many who appear good at it have just had time to practice. The first step in getting over your distaste [...]

October 6th, 2017