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Hostage Negotiation Tips that will Revolutionize Your Campaign – Chris Voss

Podcast Interview Chris Voss

What do hostage negotiation and political campaigns have in common? How can you use lessons learned while saving lives to win votes and earn donations? Chris Voss, a 24-yr FBI veteran and former lead international kidnapping negotiator is here to answer those questions and more!

Chris Voss is CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller “Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It,” which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation.  In 2008, he founded The Black Swan Group which specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Chris has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high stakes negotiations as an FBI agent to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems between senior management and employees.

Prior to 2008, Chris was the was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. Before becoming the FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, Chris served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI. Chris was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years. He was the case agent on such cases as TERRSTOP (the Blind Sheikh Case – Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman), the TWA Flight 800 catastrophe and negotiated the surrender of the first hostage taker to give up in the Chase Manhattan bank robbery hostage taking.

We’re Launching a New Podcast: The My Campaign Coach Minute!

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After more than a year of publishing the How to Run for Office Podcast, we’re launching a new podcast channel!

For the last 60 episodes, our listeners have been expanding their knowledge of campaigns by tuning in to our weekly interview podcast. With over 30,000 downloads, our listeners have been overwhelmingly supportive of what we’re doing!

Interviews are great, and we’re going to keep doing them, but we had a number of requests for a shorter podcast that regularly shared important campaign tips. Something that you could listen to while you’re coffee is being made in the morning or while you’re getting dressed.

That was the thought that developed into the My Campaign Coach Minute. In 60-90 seconds, we’ll kick off each weekday with an important campaign tip that will point you in the right direction!

Please subscribe on iTunes, give us a rating and consider supporting our work with a small monthly donation. Even just $1 is a big help!

You’ll Learn About Things Like:

  • Why you should never attack your opponent before you’ve defined yourself.
  • Why personal attacks nearly always backfire.
  • Why Donald Trump is the only candidate who should wear a hat!
  • And much more!

Fundraising Secrets & Ground Game Strategies – Drew Ryun

Podcast Interview with Drew Ryun

With over 20 years of political experience, Drew Ryun has raised millions of dollars and run countless ground operations. He knows what he’s talking about when it comes to campaign fundraising and ground game!

Drew Ryun is a political operative, entrepreneur, fundraiser, author and running camp director. A former deputy director at the Republican National Committee, he is a founder and now managing partner of Campaign Sidekick.

Why Good Opposition Research Always Matters – Willis Jones

Podcast Interview of WIllis Jones

Opposition research is often painted as a dirty tactic or dark art. It’s neither. It’s about knowing yourself and knowing your opponent. Without it, you’ll lose.

This week we’re revisiting an incredibly important topic that we haven’t touched in a few months: Opposition Research. John Lappe of Intellz joined us back on Episode 18 to discuss the topic but there’s more than we can talk about in just one episode.

This week, Willis Jones of Capitol City Research is here to discuss some of the biggest takeaways he’s learned from over 20 years of work in the business.

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