What's YOUR elevator speech?

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 11:21

Imagine you are a lowly employee on the company food chain. One day while getting on the elevator the CEO gets on the elevator with you. You have 30 seconds to 2 minutes before the elevator reaches the top floor. It's your big opportunity to tell the CEO your terrific idea and get noticed. What will you talk about? How will you say it?

Think of your voters as the CEO of your company. What are you going to share with them? Why should they vote for your candidate? Why should they go to the polls on election day when they're busy with their daily lives? How can you say what you need to say in 30 seconds and still be clear AND motivational? Remember to sell them on the benefits of voting for you! No one votes for features. People vote because of the benefits!

Work on your elevator speech today! Tell everyone why you are supporting your favorite candidate!

This helpful tip brought to you courtesy of Democracy Fest! (www.DemocracyFest.net)

Steering Jim

Once again the 5th Annual Democracy Fest was excellent! Kudos to the organizers!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 11:09

The Democracy Fest in Dulles, Virginia (August 15-17, 2008) was another terrific time for those who attended. It was educational and refreshing. I enjoyed meeting other progressives from around the country. There were great trainings and ideas shared on things like organizing, delivering your message, and working with internet resources. The evening program was awesome with Howard Dean motivating the crowd to their feet. Howard was energizing as ever! The program included many other talented entertainers as well and a great time of drink and partying was had by all!

I hope you will attend next years convention as it's being considered for Chicago or Burlington, VT! No matter the way the voting comes out, it's gonna be a great trip for anyone in Metro Detroit and Michigan as well! Plan to attend! www.democracyfest.net.

Steering Committee Jim

Help Change the Michigan Supreme Court this Election Season 2008!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 22:54

Sign up to tell all your friends and neighbors about the imbalance on the MI Supreme Court and what they can do to fix it this election!

Sign up for the Supreme Project at www.justicecaucus.org

Make double use of your door-to-door time and watercooler discussions! Talk about the back of the ballot!

Volunteer at www.justicecaucus.org for the Supreme Project!

It's really import and a fun thing that every progressive activist and democratic organizer should be supporting!

July Meetup at Birmingham Borders Books in the Coffee shop area. July 2, 2008, 2nd Floor On Woodward south of 15 MIle Rd.

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 19:57

July Meetup at Borders Books in the Coffee shop area. July 2, 2008, 2nd Floor
On Eastside of Woodward just a few buildings south of 15 Mile Rd.

7 pm to 9 pm or sooner if nothing more to talk about.

On the agenda - the various races for Oakland County.
Would you like to put on a forum for the Oakland Races in 2008?
What's happening in the 2008 Races.
Come tell us what you're doing to volunteer this year!

Steering Committee Jim

Take A Stand Against Fox Bad Behaviors!

Submitted by Steering.Jim on Sat, 06/28/2008 - 19:53

Dear Friends,

Right now, Fox News is trying to paint Barack Obama as foreign,
un-American, suspicious, and scary. They're trying to send Americans
the message that our country's first viable Black candidate for
President is not "one of us."

I've joined on to ColorOfChange.org's campaign to push back on Fox,
publicly demanding they stop their race-baiting and fear mongering.
If that doesn't work, then we'll go to their advertisers and the FCC.
I wanted to invite you to sign on as well. It takes only a moment:


Here's what happened recently:

After Senator Obama won the nomination, he and his wife gave each
other a "pound" in front of the cameras. Fox anchor E.D. Hill called
the act of celebration a "terrorist fist jab." Then last week, a Fox
News on-screen graphic referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby
mama"--slang used to describe the unmarried mother of a man's child.
It was a clear attempt to associate the Obamas with negative cultural
stereotypes about Black people, an insult not only to Michelle Obama
but to women and Black people everywhere.

After each of the incidents mentioned, Fox issued some form of weak
apology. But what does it mean when you slap someone in the face,
apologize the next day, then slap them again on the third? It means
the apology is meaningless.


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