Dress the Part

How many people would let someone who isn’t dressed in scrubs to perform surgery? What about allowing an impeccably clean man in a suit work on your car? Both examples above are unlikely, because, as we’ve discussed before, first impressions matter. Part of that impression is “looking the part.” While there isn’t a uniforms for “knowledgeable libertarian” we can make a positive first impression by ensuring we offer ourselves as not only well-meaning, well-informed, but also well-dressed. I’m not suggesting that we wear a top hat and tails everywhere we go, though we should put fort...

Learn By Doing

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin He’s right! The best way to learn is to get involved, and just do it. While reading books, watching videos, and listening to speeches can deliver a positive learning experience, I learn best by doing. On top of that, there is nothing more motivating than my being told that I can’t do something. In that, I’m sure that I’m not alone. Ten years ago, I’d never stuffed envelopes for a candidate or a political organization, let alone run for office (or won re-election). The majority of what I...

Target Your Message

I was re-elected on Tuesday. I ran for re-election against not one, but TWO, opponents to represent a ward in my city that is home to about 8,000 people after the re-districting process following the 2010 census. I won without a runoff. This stat is why I'm writing this: Only 276 people voted in my race. How did I find 156 people to vote for me out of the 8,000 that potentially could have? I targeted my message. The first round of eliminations took place with a simple action. I requested the voter registration data for my ward from the county Board of Elections. That request cos...