Last week I attended Elect Her: Aggie Women Win conference, a program that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. The conference equipped future leaders with proven strategies and tips on how to put their best political foot forward. Here are 3 major tips from the Elect Her Conference:
1. Human Connection
If you plan to run for a political office, you’ll need to develop real relationships with real people. While social media outreach is a great tool, there is nothing better than having a good-old-fashioned human connection. Get out there and physically meet people, schedule a meeting with someone you don’t know, smile, and shake someone’s hand. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll become. More importantly, treat everyone you meet with respect. You never know who your next big donor is going to be!
Find your Why. There is a difference between a politician who pushes an issue versus a politician who’s passionate about an issue. Those who are passionate about an issue are more dedicated to their work and it shows in their agendas and actions. They are genuinely concerned about the betterment of others and the greater good of their community. At the end of the day, they stand for what is right even when no one is looking. The most effective politicians understand their Why.
Politics is tough. The ability to remain in politics over time is even tougher. Having a positive self-image and belief in yourself is most important. Knowing who you are and what you bring to the table, gives you confidence in knowing that you deserve a seat at the table. Always remain positive in your thought processes, decision making, political actions, and forward-thinking. Your worth is not defined by what others think of you, it’s defined by how you think of yourself.
If you or someone you know in college is considering running for a political office, Elect Her conference is a great resource. For more information on the National Elect Her, visit https://runningstart.org/.
Frankie Joseph is a women’s career coach, workplace diversity expert, and blogger at FrankieJoseph.com.com.