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Communications Workshop: Talking to your Liberal and Moderate Friends

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What you will learn

How to Talk to Your Liberal Family So They Will Understand You

Come early for Dutch Treat Dinner

During this Communications Workshop, you'll learn to better (and more civilly) discuss politics and policies with your moderate and progressive friends. You will learn how to improve your political communications in person and online, including how to develop a clear and compelling message so that your friends and personal contacts understand your point of view.

While this training is presented from a position of discussing interpersonal communications with friends, the studies, facts, and statistics easily apply to all political communications. Everyone, including candidates, campaign staffers, party leaders, volunteers, and activists are invited to attend.

The Communications Workshop helps students learn how to connect with their friends to discuss politics and the public policy process.

You will learn how to:
• connect with people
• use intuitive language
• tell better stories


Starts Wednesday, December 18

Wed 18:   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Minihanes Irish Pub
101 West Main St
Elkton, MD 21921 Map




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What graduates say

Rachel Hoff

Rachel Hoff

Director of Government Relations & Outreach, Foreign Policy Initiative

"LI training is conservative bootcamp! This training is absolutely necessary for any aspiring leader on the right."

Your faculty

Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

Getting struck by lightning will not give you the superpowers needed to be a political mastermind who can take over the world. Dena Espenscheid knows this from first-hand experience. The shock did make her heart pound like watching voting returns, but more effort than just excess electrons is need to win on Election Night.

What will make you a political mastermind? Dena has been learning the answers to this question for more than 20 years.

During the quest for knowledge, she held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns including, Coalition for a Strong America, National Ballot Access, American Majority, Open and Clean Government, Vote Yes for Life, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Much of her work has been focused on grassroots organizing, and training volunteers and fellow staffers.

Immediately prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Dena was the Field Director for Donald J Trump for President in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. As such, she oversaw ballot qualification, volunteer recruitment and training, and get out the vote efforts during the primaries. Then-candidate Trump won three of the four primary contests and had a better-than-expected showing in DC.

Dena graduated from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Speech Communication. Dena serves the Leadership Institute as the Director of Grassroots Coalitions, where she travels the country training conservatives to be political masterminds. When she is home from LI training trips, she lives in Quantico, Virginia with her houseplants.