We’ve all heard the English axiom that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Whether you believe that axiom or not, I’m amazed at how many campaigns and candidates little to no quality pictures and images to help communicate their message to voters.
“IT IS FASCINATING HOW MANY PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN WORK FOR 18 STRAIGHT HOURS. IT’S AMAZING.” — DOUG LANE on taking care of yourself on the road.
This week, we continue our conversation with Doug Lane, founder of FastLane Productions. He has spent more than 30 years planning and staging presidential caliber events for political campaigns and the private sector.
Doug shares more of his fascinating perspectives gained by working on behalf of presidents, presidential campaigns and VIP sports and entertainment figures.
I have worked with Doug and Fastalane numerous times, and I can attest he is among the very best of the best in this small, highly specialized field.
In this episode, Doug explains why money isn’t always the top consideration when staging the most ambitious events; how teamwork makes all the difference when working on a tight deadline; and the single most overlooked thing when dealing with your production team…
“YOU HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO PLAY TO: THE 200 PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, OR DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A SHOT LOOK GOOD FOR THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHING ON TV?” — DOUG LANE on the Purpose of a Presidential-level Press or Campaign Event.
In this episode, we speak with Doug Lane, founder of FastLane Productions who has spent more than 30 years planning and administering presidential caliber events for political campaigns and the private sector.
In a wide ranging two-part interview, Doug pulls back the curtain to reveal the mistakes rookies often make … and how you can avoid them.
He tells how he transformed a small company providing DJ entertainment at local events into one of the nation’s premiere firms for designing and administering top shelf events.
Doug learned valuable tips from military planners and turned them into a business strategy that brings sizzle to the most important big-name gatherings.
And he’s had the chance to rub elbows with presidents and legendary entertainers along the way, too.
We know you will enjoy hearing his fascinating stories and great advice.
The first presidential debate of 2016 is now history with neither candidate emerging as what anyone might term a “winner.” Perhaps the best summary was provided the morning after by Politico’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, who wrote in the PoliticoPlaybook “Donald Trump didn’t throw up on his shoes. But Hillary Clinton had the far better night.”
Indeed, initial polling indicated that Clinton, having presumably engaged in extensive debate preparation beforehand, made a somewhat better impression than Trump – CNN logged the figure at roughly 64% having thought Clinton won.
But it was, at best, a hollow victory. Neither did what they needed to do…
A friend from high school contacted me. Nice guy. Successful career. Good family man. “I’m considering running for public office,” he said. “What do you think?”
My reply was short and simple: “Have you done your Candidate Checklist?” You could almost hear him scratching his head in his reply. “Do you mean have I lined up political supporters and financial backers? Do I know how to assemble a good campaign team?”
No, that wasn’t what I meant. Those things are important. But would-be office seekers should do something else first. Answering five questions on the Candidate Checklist now will make your entry into the race easier later, or even spare you serious headaches if you find running isn’t right for you (or not right at this particular time). [READ MORE]
Courtesy of the Ashland Times Gazette, written by Kristi Schweitzer on August 10, 2016
A lot went on behind the scenes to make this year’s Republican National Convention a success, and one particular Ashlander took part in leading those efforts.
For political consultant Sean Bartley, it was an opportunity to help make the convention run smoothly from the inside out.
Hired through his employment with Olson Strategies & Advertising based in Denver, Bartley was asked to be a part of the convention program team, working to engage crowds during the July 18 to 21 convention.
From leading the crowds in chants to making sure the audience present and at home stayed engaged, Bartley worked behind the scenes, blending in throughout the four days.
Almost every time I suggest any type of grassroots phone calling, no matter if they are automated, paid live calls, volunteer calls or candidate phone calls, I am met with groans, puzzling looks or outright hostility towards the idea. The “statements of fact” start immediately.
“Everybody hates them.”
“Nobody listens to them.”
“Volunteers hate making these calls.”
“I have better things to do.”
As you may guess, I disagree with the hyperbolic statements above and in a moment I’ll break down these objections one by one. First, I’ll discuss how I use each of these call types in the course of a campaign.
In this episode, we speak with Wayne Laugesen, Editor of the Editorial Pages at the Colorado Springs Gazette.
In Part 2, Wayne gives candidates, causes, and issue advocacy groups unprecedented insight into how the Editorial Board Interview process works. He lays out just how the Ed Board prepares for the interview and how the interviewee should prepare. Wayne provides invaluable advice on how to conduct yourself during the interview. He goes on to explain how editorial boards make their decision on which way they are going to endorse and then how they actually go about writing the endorsement editorial.