In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “The turmoil of the midterms will reach a fever pitch on election night as people anxiously watch the returns. No matter the outcome, it’s up…” Read the full article here.
Training Tips from Chris
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “The impact of record numbers of women candidates has already been felt this election cycle. The #MeToo movement and anger about the outcome of the…” Read the full article here.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “Too many campaigns hold back – ignoring derogatory comments because they don’t view them as damaging. Or, candidates are advised to bite their tongue lest they sound whiny, petty and create a backlash. In a post-2016 election world, this guidance is outdated. It’s time for campaigns to pull on their big girl pants. It’s time for staff to give women candidates the support they need. It’s time to empower the candidate.” Read the full article here.
Oprah – Other Worldly Source of Inspiration: What Every Woman Candidate Can Learn from Her Magnus Opus
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “In today’s blockbuster release of A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey plays Mrs. Which – an out-of-this world being who inspires a young girl to “Be a warrior.” Real-world Oprah doesn’t need to appear as a shimmering light to lead us out of the darkness here on Earth.” Read the full article here.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “History was made on the primary debate stage as women from both major parties stood shoulder to shoulder with the men. From the onset, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina each faced a unique set of challenges as well as a common obstacle. Two different candidates exposed the trials and triumphs of campaigning while female.” Read the full article here.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “Everyone advises you to ‘just be yourself.’ But how is that possible under hot TV lights, inches from an opponent, with reporters waiting to pounce on any misstep? What can be done in advance to present your best self?” Read the full article here.
In GenderWatch, Chris Jahnke writes, “Women candidates running for executive posts in 2016 should watch and learn from the first Democratic primary debate. What candidates see and hear from the presidential contenders can jump start their own debate prep regimen.” Read the full article here.
1. Ring in 2015 with a toast. It’s good practice.
2. Create your elevator speech. In 2 minutes, what do you care about & why does it matter?
3. Quote the greats: “The American dream is not dead. It is gasping for breath but it is not dead.” Barbara Jordan
4. Warm up beforehand. Slowly roll your shoulders back to release tension.
5. Use purposeful pauses. A moment of silence gives the listeners a chance to absorb the meaning.
6. Avoid repeating useless words: “Like, so, anyway, actually, and absolutely.”
7. Heed Ann Richards: “I spent hours of time rehearsing… It had to sound casual, conversational, but that took work.”
8. Don’t sweat the small stuff like a mispronounced word. It is possible to make a mistake and still do well.
9. Project your best self. As Lena Dunham says: “Enjoy going through life as yourself.”
10. Give yourself a high five when you deliver a winning performance.
Next time you’re shopping, be on the look out for a blazer with pockets. Pockets can be lifesavers when you are standing at the front of the room. No, I don’t mean you should cram your hands into them. Rather, they can help ensure you’ll be ready when it’s your turn to talk.
Pockets can hold helpful tools. Note cards in the 3×5 size will fit. You can easily pull them out should you need a prompt. Having a tissue handy is a must if you are suffering from a cold. And, a throat lozenge will ease a scratchy throat or cotton mouth. If you use a remote, you won’t have to hold it the entire time you’re talking.
As far as hands in the pockets – one hand is poised but two hands is a no-no. It will look sloppy and if you’re nervous you will likely clench your into fists.