Running for Office: Dealing with Public Speaking Nervousness

How to deal with Pubic Speaking Nervousness

Are you thinking about running for local office, but are nervous about public speaking? Changing how you prepare for the speech may ease your nerves. 

  1. Stop trying to write the speech. Maybe you’re great at communicating with people, but you aren’t a strong writer. So don’t write it! Especially if you are a beginner. Later on, when you are getting into writing your keynote speech or your State of the Union address, okay, you’ll write it.

What I suggest is to get up and just start talking through it. Make some notes as you go along so you remember what your highlights and bullet points are. But just start speaking it. Make it feel comfortable, natural, and relaxed.  (more…)

American Majority President Matt Robbins Talks #GOPDebate on Bloomberg

American Majority President Matt Robbins and Bloomberg Politics’ Mike Bender discuss the first Republican presidential debate. They speak on on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Was it the ‘Trump Show’ vs. everyone else? Did the debate work for Jeb Bush to play the ‘other statesman’? Did Carly Fiorina knock it out of the park? What about John Kasich?

Hear Matt’s thoughts here.

GOP Debate: The Trump Show vs Everyone Else

The Lean Campaign Model

The essay below is by Austin James at Pixels & Politics. View the entire piece here. 

The Existing Campaign Paradigm

For those familiar with the political campaign process, you know that they are largely run the same way they were 100 years ago. For some things, like bolt-action rifles, secret family recipes and PBS programming that’s okay, but not for deciding our country’s political leadership.

Our approach to voter contact and campaign strategy should reflect the habits of the very people we are trying to reach.

So, for the last few years I’ve been rethinking the optimal campaign structure, one more conducive to the idea of a political startup, with its unique focus on technology, rapid analysis and response. (more…)

American Majority-Trained Scot Shumski becomes prominent School Board Voice


Below is an excerpt from “Shumski becomes prominent School Board voice” published today in the Burlington Free Press.

At a Burlington School Board meeting last week, a city resident chided the board for allowing School Commissioner Scot Shumski to organize a “vote no” campaign on the recent school budget.

“Although not illegal, I never witnessed such an insolent demonstration of ethical misconduct,” said Helen Hossley of Ward 7. “Is the board leadership that weak that it allowed such actions to continue?”

Shumski dismisses such criticism.

“I’m still waiting for the statement I’m supposed to sign where I waive my First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Shumski said in response the next morning as he sat in his front yard on North Avenue while his three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, played nearby. “And upon being provided with that statement, I will gladly refuse to sign it.”

Shumski, 42, has served on the School Board for only two months, but already he has become well known.

Read the rest here.

Is Private Property Threatened in America Today?

Private Property: Is it Mine or Thine?In the news this week are headlines such as “Harry Reid threatens private property in America” reporting on the attempt to ask NFL to pressure Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team. Is private property truly being threatened in America today?

From America’s founding, private property not only offered the sole means of survival, but also laid the foundation for flourishing farms, families, communities, and, eventually, colonies. In this way, America had the unique opportunity of forming a distinct culture and complete way of life before it even became a nation, and this culture was based largely on private property. So when the Founders began designing a new government, they looked for what accommodated the freedoms and rights already in operation on American soil.

But the Founders went a step further.  A person’s property was sacred because it intertwined with his very personhood. To the Founders, “property” meant much more than land, houses, money, and material possessions. The full definition of property, wrote James Madison, “embraces everything to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to everyone else the like advantage.”

Thus, property includes:

  • A person’s opinion and his right to communicate it freely.
  • A person’s religious beliefs and his freedom to profess and practice them (conscience being “the most sacred of all property”).
  • Personal safety and liberty, which, Madison notes, includes freedom from “arbitrary   seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.”
  • A person’s free use of his faculties (skills, talents, and abilities), choice of occupation, and the ability to earn and keep wealth. For, as Madison explains, “a just security to  property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species, where arbitrary taxes invade the   domestic sanctuaries of the rich, and excessive taxes grind the faces of the poor.”

“In a word,” said Madison, “as man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” This is precisely why the Founders took property violations so seriously. A violation of one’s property is an assault on all his other rights. When the government is allowed to encroach on one individual right, it will inevitably encroach on all the others. Such a government is not just, and such a people are not free.

This week we are releasing the ninth segment in our Why America is Great series, “Private Property: Is It Mine or Thine?” Click here to download the full piece.

American Majority Promotes Matt Batzel to National Executive Director

Matt Batzel: American Majority's New Executive Director

American Majority is pleased to announce Matt Batzel is our new National Executive Director. Matt Batzel had been the Wisconsin Executive Director since October 2010, when he opened that office. Under Matt Batzel’s leadership, the Wisconsin chapter of American Majority has trained 104 winning candidates at the state and local level, held over 100 trainings, and trained more than 3,800 individuals. (more…)

44 American Majority Trained New Leaders Win Spring Elections


64% of American Majority Trained New Leaders Win

Following yesterday’s Spring General Election, 44 American Majority Trained New Leaders were elected.  With 69 Trained New Leaders on the ballot, the 44 winners make an impressive 64% American Majority win rate. This total includes 4 judges, 26 County Board Supervisors, 9 Municipal Level Leaders, and 5 School Board Members. The highlight of the night came in Kenosha, where Dan Wade came in first place in the Kenosha Unified School Board election and defeated an Incumbent who was part of the majority, which voted for an allegedly illegal union contract. (more…)

American Majority Becomes Founding Group of

Our team here at American Majority is always looking for ways to use new technology to support our mission. We want to let you know that we have joined as a Founding Group and are excited at what it might do not just for us, but the larger mission of organizing for freedom.


13 Part Series on the Bill of Rights

Our friends at the Close Up Foundation have produced a brand-new, thirteen-part documentary series on the Bill of Rights. Their award-winning documentary production team and James Madison’s Montpelier cover issues including gun control and the right to bear arms, flag burning and freedom of speech, the pentagon papers and freedom of the press, Roe v. Wade and the right to privacy, Miranda Rights and the Fifth Amendment, capital punishment and cruel and unusual punishment.

They’ve generously given American Majority a sneak peak at the documentary and we want to share the segment on right to bear arms with you. Enjoy:

Allen West: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Walking

We announced last week that American Majority and the New Leaders Project is partnering with The Allen West Foundation to educate and inspire the next generation of conservatives among the minority and veteran communities. Please watch this video clip with comments from Allen West about his vision for our country and how you can help set America back on track.

If the video does not play for you, please click here to watch.


Holding Your Representatives Accountable: “Vetting Principled Candidates”

Marty Hiles local political leaderWe’re excited to share these tips from friend of American Majority Marty Hiles, a local political expert from Waxahachie, Texas. 

We, conservatives, have become a suspicious group, and with just cause I may add. We have been fooled time and time again by candidates who tell us one thing while campaigning and then do the exact opposite after being elected. It appears that much of the problem lies in the candidate vetting process.

Vetting means to thoroughly evaluate, which includes significant examination into the background of the candidate to analyze falsehoods the candidate might claim, and to evaluate the potential problems in the past history of the candidate that could be a liability in attempting to win political office.

Who is responsible for doing this?


What It Takes: Qualities of New Leaders for a New American Revolution

American Majority exists to identify and train leaders- we do this at the college level with our Campus Majority program, throughout the nation with our Activists Training, and on an on-going basis with our New Leaders Campaign Trainings. Very often I talk with individuals who don’t consider themselves to be leaders or are reluctant to step up to the next level. The times in which we live present a unique opportunity- I truly believe that we have the opportunity to shape a new American revolution if we have the courage to do so. We need strong leaders in each of our communities, running for local offices like county commission, helping others in the community become more engaged in local politics. So what makes a good leader?


State Legislators Stand up for Right to Freely Associate

Nearly 300 State Legislators Sign Statement Expressing Disappointment over Senator Durbin’s Letter

Letter asserts Constitutional right for businesses, legislators to freely associate


Arlington, Va., (Monday, August 12, 2013)—The American Legislative Exchange Council released today a letter signed by nearly 300 state legislators from 39 states that expresses dismay over Senator Durbin’s letter inquiring into businesses and organizations’ participation in the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The letter follows a statement released Friday by the American Legislative Exchange Council expressing concern over Senator Durbin’s inquiries. The letter, sent to all members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, can be accessed here.

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators in the United States. The Council is governed by state legislators who comprise the Board of Directors and is advised by the Private Enterprise Advisory Council, a group of private, foundation and think tank members. For more information about the American Legislative Exchange Council, please visit:

7 Shortcuts to Freedom: Local Conservative Activism

7 Shortcuts to Freedom: Local Conservative Activism

The government is changed by people who choose the individuals who represent them and hold them accountable once elected. It’s actually quite simple. I like to say that all politics is local. By that I mean, national change truly begins at the local level.

We see the powerful impact that conservative grassroots activists have as they act locally. We just spoke with Deanna Alexander, a mother of two in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, who first launched into local politics with a visit to her Neighborhood Watch. She then ran for a seat on her county board. Since winning, she has fought to bring transparency and expose the board’s liberal shenanigans, including illegal bargaining with unions behind closed doors. Read the rest of her story.

Are you tired of feeling powerless in the political arena? Your journey to take up the vital cause of freedom may be different from Deanna’s, but I encourage you to keep it local. Here are some practical ways you can act now in your community:


Strategy and Tactics: Avoid Confusion on the Campaign Trail

Strategy and TacticsCadets at West Point Military Academy are taught to analyze an effective mission on three separate tiers: objective, strategy, and tactics. The broad, desired end-result goal is your objective. The specific method of action to accomplish this goal is your strategy. And tactics are the various points you employ to reach your destination.

Look at any well-run campaign as an example. The objective is to earn a majority of votes, 50 percent plus 1, to win election to public office; an effective strategy would be to define yourself as the candidate who will work to improve the economy, bring needed jobs to your community; and tactics would vary from utilizing different communication techniques to disseminate your message.


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