How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
October 26, 2010
How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
Are you interested in working for a new or existing conservative office after the election? If so, you need to become a registered member of ConservativeJobs.com and complete your professional profile to be considered for important jobs in congressional offices.Simply register, complete your profile, provide references and fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire. Don't forget to check the box, "I want to work on Capitol Hill."Once your profile is complete, email ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com to let key Hill staff know that you've completed your profile and would like to be considered for a job opportunity in the 112th Congress.Don't wait until after the election to begin making connections with the people who have the power to hire or recommend you. Now is the time to ramp up your networking efforts and put your hat in the ring. It's going to be a competitive job market with many job seekers vying for the same positions. The earlier you launch your job hunt, the better.>
Your Opinion Needed: Make an Impact this Election Cycle by Writing Your Own Op-Ed
Lauren Hart
October 25, 2010
Your Opinion Needed: Make an Impact this Election Cycle by Writing Your Own Op-Ed
October 25, 2010, Arlington, VA—Believe it or not, voters in your community are interested in what you have to say about candidates and issues. Think about it, when you need a dentist who do you ask for advice? You will most likely ask someone you know and trust in your community. So, it only makes sense that voters want to know how their neighbors feel about the candidates and issues that impact their lives, especially right before an election. Writing an Op-Ed for you local paper can help bring attention and credibility to the candidate or cause of your choice in your community. It may even convince some un-decided voters to agree with your point of view.Before you get started on writing your own Op-Ed, please keep the following seven points in mind.1. Relevant -- Make sure your Op-Ed is relevant to what is going on in your state or local community. You may want to weigh in on the national political environment, but you are an expert at what is going on in your community. So, choose a topic that is important to the readers in your area.2. Concise -- Be short and concise. Your Op-Ed should be no longer than 700 words in length. If you can get it down to 500 words even better. Space in most publications is very valuable real estate and it is rare that anything longer than this will be published. Also, choose only two main points and don't get off topic.3. Clear -- Write clearly and use language that a majority of people understand. So, please don't use technical language or acronyms.4. Connect -- Emotionally connect with readers by personifying the issue you are writing about. For example, if you are writing about taxes, make sure you explain how taxes affect businesses and families in your area.5. Research -- Back up your examples with rational and broadly accepted facts and statistics. At this point before the election, editors have their antennae up for attack pieces and will most likely not include your letter if it resembles one.6. Recognize -- Acknowledge the other side. There is a chance that the editors will also run a piece from someone opposing your point of view on the same page. You don't have to spend a lot of time on the opposing view point, but briefly touch on it.7. Reinforce -- Summarize your message and tie it back to your main point in the opening. Use the ending as one last chance to reinforce your message.Remember, you know what issues are most important to you and your neighbors. You know who will best serve your community's interests once elected. So, voice your opinion now before it is too late. There is still time to make a big impact on this election.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- >
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
October 19, 2010
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
The Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute invite you to attend a free informational meeting on Thursday, October 21st in SVC 201-00 on Capitol Hill from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. to learn more about how you can use ConservativeJobs.com to be considered for important jobs on Capitol Hill.Whether you're looking to be a staff assistant or chief of staff, or you're looking to hire staff for your office, you will not want to miss this event.Free Chick-fil-A will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. To attend, please RSVP to ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com.>
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
October 17, 2010
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
So you've arranged an interview! Your first response is elation…followed closely by pre-interview anxiety. Relax. Getting an interview is half the battle. If you have an interview you know that the employer knows you have the right skills and qualifications needed to do the job. Now is your opportunity to find out more information about the job and organization. Remember, you are interviewing the employer just as the employer is interviewing you.The key to a great interview is your ability to master the basics. Here are five simple interview strategies to help you stay ahead of the competition.1. Do Your HomeworkResearch the organization thoroughly. Know what that organization's mission statement is, when it was founded, who key staff members are, and most importantly why you want to work there.2. Mind Your Body LanguageYou have 14 seconds to make a lasting first impression. Give a sincere smile, look the interviewer in the eye, have a confident, self-assured posture, and master a firm handshake (but not too firm!).3. Dress the PartErr on the side of professionalism. Always wear business attire like a neatly pressed, tailored suit. If you're a man, you must wear a dark blue or charcoal suit with an understated button-down shirt and a power tie with minimal pattern. For women, navy or dark gray skirt suits are preferable. Make sure your hair is pulled back and wear minimal makeup, perfume and jewelry. A little bit of a heel (but not too high!) helps boost confidence.4. Be Engaged in the ConversationYou should talk about 50% of the time and come to the interview prepared with questions about the job and what it's like to work with that company or organization.5. Follow Up!Always send a prompt thank you email as well as a sincere, handwritten note to each person you meet at the interview. Ask when you can hear back from the interviewer and follow up with that person if he or she hasn't followed through on their promise. Hiring managers get busy. Reasonable persistence demonstrates that you really want the job. >
Hillsdale College Republicans President Quotes Morton Blackwell's Theory on winning the Senate
Lauren Hart
October 12, 2010
Hillsdale College Republicans President Quotes Morton Blackwell's Theory on winning the Senate
October 12, 2010, Arlington, VA— College Republicans President Elliot Gaiser quotes LI's President Morton Blackwell that conservatives can win the Senate based on the momentum of changing the House majority.Quoting Hillsdale College's newspaper Hillsdale Forum Editor-In-Chief Anna Williams, “But Republicans might just manage to win a majority in the Senate. College Republicans President Elliot Gaiser summarized Leadership Institute Morton Blackwell's theory thus: In an election with enough momentum to change the House majority, you have enough support to change the Senate because House districts are gerrymandered to favor incumbents. “If you can change [the district representative], that means you have enough support to change the state, because they haven't figured out a way to gerrymander a state yet,” Gaiser said.To read the full article at Hillsdale Forum, please visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/38961915/Forum-Oct-CoverThe Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
Politico quotes Morton's 42nd Law of the Public Policy Process
Lauren Hart
October 7, 2010
Politico quotes Morton's 42nd Law of the Public Policy Process
In a Politico article they quote GOP strategist and Romney 2008 campaign veteran Terry Sullivan talking about one of LI's Laws of the Public Policy Process--"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."Politico's Alex Isenstadt wrote, "Some presidential hopefuls — like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — have spent much of the last year lavishing praise on congressional candidates. Others are starting to ramp up their outreach: This week, House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) sent contributions totaling $105,000 to 70 candidates across the country — including a handful of contenders in the critical early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.“There's an old Morton Blackwell saying: ‘They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care,'” longtime South Carolina-based GOP strategist and Romney 2008 campaign veteran Terry Sullivan said, referring to the prominent conservative activist. “Voters want to know that you care. It's not just about running for president — it's about helping out guys who are running in 2010.”To read the full Politico article, please visit here. >
Leadership Institute trained candidates and campaign managers have shocked the political establishment.
Lauren Hart
September 22, 2010
Leadership Institute trained candidates and campaign managers have shocked the political establishment.
When principled leaders decide to challenge establishment candidates and advance the founding principles that made America great, they turn to the Leadership Institute for the very best political training.Leadership Institute trained candidates and campaign managers have shocked the political establishment. Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware personally attended LI training. The campaign manager for Rand Paul in Kentucky and Joe Miller in Alaska are both graduates of the Leadership Institute's campaign schools. These Senate candidates and their senior staff have benefitted from Leadership Institute instruction in the areas of:• Grassroots Campaigning• Public Relations• Fundraising• New Media Communications• Candidate Preparation.Founded in 1979, the Leadership Institute is one of the nation's largest and most experienced political training organizations and is uniquely equipped to handle the challenge of training conservative Americans to directly change public policy by first winning elections and then holding politician's feet to the fire. >
Campaign School this Saturday in Radford, VA
Lauren Hart
September 16, 2010
Campaign School this Saturday in Radford, VA
The Leadership Institute will host a campaign school in Radford, Virginia this Saturday, September 18 at 8:30 a.m. for volunteers, community activists, elected or party officials, current or future candidates, and campaign managers training them to win a campaign.The campaign school helps activists to “be more effective and energized in the 2010 elections,” LI's Grassroots Activist Schools Coordinator Chris Doss said.Sessions are taught by experienced professionals, including Morton Blackwell, founder and president of the Leadership Institute. LI hosted a similar campaign school this past Saturday, September 11 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Thirty-four students were trained on how to present a compelling message, conduct direct voter contact through door-to-door efforts, handle negative information, and get out the vote.Registration includes a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with presentations beginning at 9 a.m. Students can register free with the discount code “liberty.” Join us in the fight to restore limited government and the vision of our founders. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/School.cfm?SchoolID=16721 >
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
August 6, 2010
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
Vicky Hartzler, Leadership Institute graduate and volunteer faculty member, won the Republican primary for Missouri's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 3rd. She credits "the grassroots partnership of people across this district" for her win. Hartzler, former state representative from Harrisonville, MO, defeated eight opponents, and now faces current Congressman Ike Skelton in the November general election. To read more about Vicky's primary win and congressional race, read the Kansas City Star's article with all the details.>
Become a Winning Candidate
July 13, 2010
Become a Winning Candidate
Are you thinking about running for office? What does it take to be a community leader? The Future Candidate School will equip you to successfully run for office and become the grassroots leader you want to be. During this intensive four day training, experts in politics and policy will show you what you need to be effective before and after election day. Register before July 22nd to receive a discount of $50.00 off of the regular price of $250.00.>
LI Takes Campaign School to Florida
July 12, 2010
LI Takes Campaign School to Florida
Nearly thirty Floridians ranging from college students to retirees gathered at a beautiful Clubhouse lent to the Leadership Institute for a two-day Campaign School in Margate, Florida on July 10-11, 2010. The school was oriented toward voter contact and communications, expanding the favorable vote and getting favorables to the polls. The school was sponsored, marketed, and put together by the Florida Young Americans for Freedom.>
LI Partners with the Colorado Faith and Freedom Coalition
June 30, 2010
LI Partners with the Colorado Faith and Freedom Coalition
On Saturday, June 26, 2010, forty-three conservative activists and candidates attended LI'sActivist/Campaign School sponsored by the Colorado Faith and Freedom Coalition. Attendees received top-notch instruction in political campaigning and activism. The diverse audience included multiple candidates, tea party members, 9-12 group organizers, and party loyalists. >
LI Kicks off Grassroots Training in Colorado
June 10, 2010
LI Kicks off Grassroots Training in Colorado
Activists and candidates from across the Denver metro area came out in mass numbers to attend The Leadership Institute's Campaign and Activist training presented by the Colorado Faith and Freedom Coalition. U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton and Colorado Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes dropped by the training to offer their support for LI's programs and encourage the school's audience. The training was attended by an energized and diverse group of social and fiscal conservatives including local and statewide partisans, tea party and 9-12 members. For more information on Leadership Institute Grassroots Training, please click here.>
Leadership Institute’s International Seminar Brings Together a Diverse Crowd of Conservative Activists
June 1, 2010
Leadership Institute’s International Seminar Brings Together a Diverse Crowd of Conservative Activists
Conservatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, USA, and Mongolia, arrived in Washington, DC to learn how to effectively defeat the radical Left. Travelling from as far away as Mongolia, these students attended the Leadership Institute's International Seminar, a power-packed training which gives foreign conservatives an opportunity to learn from their American counterparts. Over the course of a week, students learn how to effectively utilize the internet, television techniques, and traditional grassroots networking to advance conservative candidates and causes. The speakers included Bruce Eberle, Stephen Clouse, Mike Rothfield, and other great leaders in the conservative world. For over thirty years the Leadership Institute has worked with conservative leaders around the world to help increase the number and effectiveness of activists dedicated to limited government and personal responsibility. May's training continues an excellent year for the Leadership Institute's international Programs, with several additional International Seminars scheduled throughout the year.>
LI Partners with the Canadian Leadership Institute
May 27, 2010
LI Partners with the Canadian Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute recently brought it's Campaign School to Canada. Working with several conservative activist groups including the Canadian Leadership Institute, LI trained dozens of candidates and activists over the course of the two-day training on May 22-23, 2010. LI faculty and staff received high praise and even got a standing ovation at the conclusion of the program.>
LI Brings Training to Tea Party Summit in NC
May 26, 2010
LI Brings Training to Tea Party Summit in NC
As part of the Western North Carolina Tea Party Summit, the Leadership Institute trained 60 students at an Activist School on Friday, May 21, 2010. Over 100 activists, campaign volunteers and staff, candidates, and political aficionados came together for a day and a half of campaign training at the Summit in Wilmington, North Carolina. The event was co-sponsored by the Civitas Institute and Americans for Prosperity North Carolina.>
LI Holds Campaign Workshop
May 19, 2010
LI Holds Campaign Workshop
LI's Department of Political Training held a successful Campaign Workshop at the institute on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Students learned the “Dirty Dozen” social networking tools they can use to help their organization. They also learned public speaking skills and effective voter outreach tools. Former local candidates Aaron Ringel and Samantha Vanterpool Rucker trained at the workshop along with LI's own Director of Political Training, Christopher Malagisi, who presented new media tools and applications.>
Learn How to Maximize your PR Opportunities
May 18, 2010
Learn How to Maximize your PR Opportunities
LI's Public Relations School teaches you how to create favorable coverage for your organization and your cause. Over the course of three nights, top conservative public relations experts teach you how to develop a comprehensive pr strategy. The next Public Relations School will be held on June 7-9, 2010 at LI headquarters in Arlington, VA. Register today! >
LI Trains Over Fifty in Illinois
May 17, 2010
LI Trains Over Fifty in Illinois
On Saturday, May 8, 2010, the Leadership Institute held a one-day training for tea party activists in the Chicago metroland area. Over 50 individuals gathered at the VFW in Riverside, Illinois to hear the latest and best tactics for running an effective grassroots campaign. For more information on the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Trainings or to request a school in your city, click here.>
LI Holds Two Classic Trainings
May 4, 2010
LI Holds Two Classic Trainings
The Leadership Institute held its second Campaign Manager School of the year during the week of April 26-30, 2010. Fifty-nine students from around the United States, Japan, Nigeria, and Germany attended the training. LI's all-star lecturers taught students how to build coalitions, craft an effective message, and use technologies to get-out-the-vote in November. Additionally, over 40 students attended the corresponding Political Voter Mail Workshop on Tuesday evening, where they learned tips on creating and distributing effective political voter mail.>
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