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CPAC – A Family of Conservatives and a Chance to Learn

The movement is growing, and CPAC is a great opportunity to put your foot on the door. Morton Blackwell, says in his Laws of the Public Policy: “Never miss a political meeting if you think there’s the slightest chance you’ll wish you’d been there.”

In this blog, I want to talk to you about the opportunities at CPAC, because CPAC is about so much more than big speeches, and selfies with members of Congress. 

CPAC is a chance to learn new skills! 

Leadership Institute trains Canadian Conservatives poised to take back Alberta
Leadership Institute trains Canadian Conservatives poised to take back Alberta

With the left in control in “the Texas of Canada,” conservatives in Alberta are gearing up for a comeback.

Campus Reform Reporter Discusses Berkeley Riots on Fox
Campus Reform Reporter Discusses Berkeley Riots on Fox

Rioters on UC Berkeley's campus shut down a student club's speaker event, setting fires and causing damage.

"This is not an isolated incident," said Cabot Phillips, a Leadership Institute reporter for Campus Reform, discussing the Berkeley Riots on Fox Business.  Watch as Cabot discusses the dangerous tactics leftist protestors are using to silence speech they disagree with.

Activism Success: Students Grow Club and Fight Unconstitutional Policies on Campus
Activism Success: Students Grow Club and Fight Unconstitutional Policies on Campus

Student groups can struggle with a balance between recruitment and activism. The Young Americans for Liberty chapter at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities tackled both when they hosted a successful free speech ball event.

They interacted with nearly 200 people and informed them about the free speech rights students have and about unconstitutional...

Delving into the Mind of the Interviewer: What Are They Asking You?

Has an interviewer ever asked you a question that completely threw you off your game? 

Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us.  No matter how well we prepare -- we cannot anticipate every question. 

And to make it harder… weird interview questions are becoming fashionable! 

I’ve heard that Google and Facebook like to ask what kind of superpowers you’d like, others may ask your favorite color, or what kind of tree would you be?

As if interviews weren’t hard enough!

As part of my role at the Leadership Institute, I help conservatives prepare for interviews.  In the context of this, I ask standard competency and some strange interview questions with two goals: determining how they answer and whether they can decipher why I have asked the question.

One of my favorites is: “If I gave you a million dollars, how would you spend it?” 

If I had a million dollars, between you and me, I’d hire Gordon Ramsay to come to my house and give me private cooking lessons! 

Joking aside, I want to use this blog to help you read the interviewer’s mind.  By this I don’t mean telepathy -- I mean delving into the motive behind the questions to understand what the interviewer is truly asking you. 

Activism Success: LI Trained Students Organize Petition Drive to Fight Back on Campus
Activism Success: LI Trained Students Organize Petition Drive to Fight Back on Campus

When you’re faced with unconstitutional policy on your campus, it can be overwhelming to find a line of attack. 

The students in the California Freedom Project at California State University in Northridge, a group which works to advance free market and constitutional principles, used their Leadership Institute training to draw attention to the unconstitutional speech code on their campus.

Activism Success: Conservative School Newspaper Exposes
Activism Success: Conservative School Newspaper Exposes "#StopWhitePeople2K16 RA Training"

When you experience liberal bias on your campus, finding a way to expose it can be a challenge. 

Resident Assistants at Binghamton University in New York came face to face with that bias during their training when one of the breakout sessions was entitled #StopWhitePeople2K16.

Activism Success: Conservative Student Coalition Hosts Week of Activism
Activism Success: Conservative Student Coalition Hosts Week of Activism

Students at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque kicked off the fall semester when several conservative groups formed a coalition on campus to further conservative principles.  Young Americans for Freedom and Young Americans for Liberty both requested activism kits through the Leadership Institute and put on a week of activism.

Preparing for Your Interview: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Even the most confident people are nervous at interviews.  Who wouldn’t be?  A lot is riding on a 30-minute conversation where your personality and career successes are scrutinized. 

I bet you can remember your worst interview; I do!

I had researched thoroughly.  And as always, I showed up 15 minutes early to scan through my notes one last time in the busy public lobby.

Eventually, my name was called, and I took the endless walk down the oak paneled corridor to the interviewer’s office.  I sat down in the overheated room and faced my interviewer.

It was tough!  The questions were in-depth, and my interviewer was giving nothing away in his reactions. 

As the interview progressed, I was becoming more and more in need of water.  My nerves and the heated room caused my throat to dry up, and I could barely speak.  Too keen to impress, I did not dare ask for a drink, and I had not brought one with me.

Approximately 20 minutes in, I could not speak at all, except in a suffocated whisper.  The interviewer, now concerned for my wellbeing...

Activism Success: Pro-Life Students Encourage Dialogue with #GreatDay2BeAlive Celebration
Activism Success: Pro-Life Students Encourage Dialogue with #GreatDay2BeAlive Celebration

Conservative students are routinely harassed and attacked for their views.  This environment can make starting a dialog on the issues difficult.

Students for Life at the Ohio State University celebrated #GreatDay2BeAlive by encouraging...

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