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!
Now that you’re on the path to crushing your campaign with our free course, let’s hear from Sean Davis about how to communicate and master policy like a pro!
What You’ll Learn about Sean Davis In This Episode:
[00:00] Episode Introduction
[01:40] Sean Davis Biography
[02:40] Sean’s background in politics
[13:10] What does a Policy Advisor do on a campaign? Sean’s experience on the Rick Perry for President 2012 campaign.
[26:46] What can campaigns that don’t have the budget for full-time policy advisors do to improve issue education?
[26:00] How should candidates prepare to communicate their message to voters and the media?
[33:30] Personnel is Policy. Make WHAT you believe clear by WHO you hire.
[38:40] Sen. Tom Coburn’s Hiring Matrix
[39:52] What are some of the key lessons you’ve learned as a campaign observer and covering campaigns in the media?
[51:00] What are y’all up to at The Federalist and where can folks find you online?
[53:00] Final words of wisdom for candidates running for office: Know why you’re running and knock doors!
[53:20] Conclusion and Podcast Outro