Campaign staffers are our favorite people. They tend to have unparalleled grit, dedication, and optimism. Those traits make for excellent organizers, fundraisers, and strategists, but even the most experienced campaigners can use a little boost. That's why we took to Twitter to ask y'all how you do it.
To start things off, you gotta eat.
New organizers: make sure you take care of yourself! It can be so easy to get lost in the busyness of organizing. I remember one Sunday wondering why I was in rough shape at the end of the day and realized all I had had to eat was a cheese sandwich.— Rob Winikates 🗻 (@rob_w) July 18, 2019
And rest! We promise, it is not selfish to take a break.
Self-care is important, don't feel guilty for taking a day off.— Travis Franklin (@tfrank_lin) July 18, 2019
To put it another way, the cause or race you're working on matters. And so do you.
Make sure self care is something you take seriously. This is a career that can and will chew you up. Unless you find a way to make it sustainable: mentally, physically, and emotionally. The cause matters; so do you.— Russell Drapkin (@russelldrapkin) July 18, 2019
Find a system that works for you for time management! Whether it's an app, your calendar, writing in your notebook, find something that works for you and stick to it!— Lianna (@LiberalLianna) July 18, 2019
Whether it’s your first time as an FO, or your millionth, explore your temporary home! Whenever you have that little moment of free time try to pick something in your City/Town and just do it, you never know when you’ll be back there!!— Nick Dunlap 🌹 (@NDXC2015) July 18, 2019
You'll learn by doing.
for new organizers: Jump in. Be scrappy. Don't be afraid to fail. You'll learn more with each event you do, so plan as many as you can and think big.— Darlene (@d__fluke) July 18, 2019
Put your heart into it.
Lean in. Engage with purpose. Organize with heart. Win every day. https://t.co/qDuG6Edp0b— Tanner Holcomb (@tannerholcomb) July 19, 2019
Don't take winning for granted.
don’t listen to the polls, hustle everyday like you’re at 0% https://t.co/2jRSuRe76w— Abhi Agarwal (@abhiprofen) July 19, 2019
Treat your volunteers like the treasures they are.
Organizers: Treat volunteers like royalty, never lie about your numbers.— Greg Hauenstein (@greghauenstein) July 18, 2019
Fundraisers: Have specifics for what donors money will be spent on.
Strategists: Don't operate from a place of comfort or what gets you the best $$ margin.
Innovate. You're the expert on your role.
Think outside the box (ideas, ideas, ideas). Be creative, literally! Don’t be afraid to use visuals 📊— Priscilla F. Aybar (@AybarF) July 19, 2019
Whether you're asking for time or money, master the art of the hard ask.
Smile on the phone, and ask for what you need, then shut up.— Riley Sutton (@RileyTheSutton) July 18, 2019
MiniVAN will make your life easier.
Set limits. Don't work infinitely, just because there is infinite work. And make sure your data is in asap.— Matthew Butler (@Matt4Something) July 19, 2019
Oh, and MiniVAN is way better than paper.
Last but not least, never forget to enter your data.
If it’s not in VAN, it hasn’t been done.— Matt Kimball (@Matt_J_Kimball) July 18, 2019
Now go show them what democracy looks like! You got this.
Have fun with your job. It's intense and stressful, but very fun and rewarding. Know there is always a finish line, even on the days you feel like throwing the towel. You got this!— Luis Guerrero (@lguerrero24) July 18, 2019