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Mastering Communication and Policy Like a Pro – Sean Davis

Mastering Communication and Policy Like a Pro - Sean Davis

Sean Davis is a co-founder of The Federalist. He previously worked as an economic policy adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, as CFO of Daily Caller, and as chief investigator for Sen. Tom Coburn. He was named by The Hill as one of the top congressional staffers under the age of 35 for his role in spearheading the enactment of the law that created USASpending.gov. Sean received a BBA in finance from Texas Tech University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School.

This week we’re re-airing an interview with Sean Davis that I did just over a year ago. It’s been the most downloaded episode on the podcast to-date, but it’s far enough back in the chronology that most of y’all probably haven’t heard it!… Even if you have heard it, I recommend giving it another listen. I just got done doing so and I found it very informative.

Understanding policy and how to communicate it is obviously important to anybody working in politics…but if you want to get to the point where your opinion on the subject matters, you’ve usually got to win an election. At this point, you’re probably asking, “Well, Raz, What should I do if I want to make sure I win my election?!” Hands down, the best thing I can recommend is to head over to learn.mycampaigncoach.com and sign up for our free course to figure out whether you’re prepared to run. Even if you’re already in the race, those videos and guides will walk you through essential questions…and I guarantee that you haven’t answered all of them!

Discipline Makes the Difference – Raz Shafer

Discipline Makes the Difference - Raz Shafer

If there was one character trait I could pass down to my son, it would be discipline…but, as it turns out, I haven’t been very disciplined in a number of areas within my life…So how am I supposed to teach that ethic to him?

This week we’re talking about discipline, why it’s important and what it takes to be a disciplined man or woman. I’ll share a fair amount about my particular struggles with discipline and how I’m fighting back.

First, I want to give a shout out to J.D. Bryden and Grant Moody! Both of these guys went over to Patreon.com/MyCampaignCoach and signed up to be Patrons of this show. It didn’t take but a minute and they’ve each set up to contribute a few dollars each month to support what we’re doing. In addition, they’re going to get special access to some cool perks exclusive to Patrons like live Q/A calls and first shot at special offers.

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Fighting Against the Swamp, from TX to DC – Ron Wright

Fighting Against the Swamp, from TX to DC

Motivations for running for office boil down to two: You want to BE somebody or DO something. Ron Wright is running for Congress because he wants to DO something. Today we’re talking about his background in elected office, especially as a fantastic Tax Collector, and why he’s running. He’s got some great advice.

Today we’re talking with Ron Wright, the Tax Assessor-Collector in my home county about his run for Congress and what he’s learned through his previous elections.

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Ron Wright has been the Tax Assessor-Collector for Tarrant County for the last 7 years. Before that he worked as a Chief of Staff and District Director in Congress for several years and even further back, he was elected to the Arlington, TX city council several times.

No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders – Raz Shafer

No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders - Raz Shafer

Leadership isn’t a state of being, it’s a skill. One that needs to be constantly honed. You can’t be TOO good at leadership. But it’s really easy to be a bad leader.

This week we’re taking a look at a chapter from Extreme Ownership (by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin) which discusses the principle that there are “No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders.” It’s something that I believe and as you strive to hold a larger leadership role, whether in public service or within a campaign organization, it’s an attitude and belief you need to adopt.

I quote at length from Chapter 2 of Extreme Ownership and give some commentary to illuminate the lesson. Then we wrap up the episode talking about the specific ways that the knowledge contained within the chapter applies to your campaign.

It’s a bit of a departure from our normal episode type but after hearing complaints from a number of friends and listeners about bad leaders making the failings the chapter discusses, I felt it was important material to share. I hope y’all enjoy it!

Show Notes:

[00:00] Introduction

[03:45] Extreme Ownership: No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders

[18:43] Campaign Application

[32:01] Conclusion and Outro

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