Stay on Track!

Stay on Track!

One of the major dangers that campaigners face is to be side-tracked off their own messages and diverted into debates they don’t want to have. It needs strong discipline and excellent preparation to resist this.

Advice from MAP

Once you’ve figured out your message, stay on it! This requires discipline. It’s easy to be pulled off message by current events, bad press coverage, baiting by opponents, or supporters who want wording that resonates with them. The public may enjoy the mud-slinging between Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump, but if you start throwing mud pies at your opponents, the focus will be on the mud, not the campaign message.

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Practicing !

Image you are engaged in a campaign for the right of Transgender people to have their gender recognised without interference of psychiatric diagnosis. An opponent challenges you with the often heard argument that Transgender people are confused. He would argue: “But what if Transgender people then change their minds and want to revert to their initial gender? Are we going to have people play ping-pong between male and female gender ?”. How would you continue the engagement in the debate, without engaging on the opponent’s argument? Share your inspiration in the comments section below?