About Cat Dalton

Communications Associate with the National Democratic Training Committee. Interests include but are not limited to: American politics, coffee, cooking, and 80s music that missed the mainstream.

NDTC Trainer Spotlight: Andrea Johnson

The National Democratic Training Committee will host live trainings in all 50 states to ensure the tools and resources for success are in the hands of Democrats across the country. To do this, we've brought together expert trainers with a wealth of campaign knowledge to facilitate our trainings across the country. Our Trainer Spotlight blog series showcases our wonderful trainers [...]

May 15th, 2018

Your Campaign Message: The Story of Us and Now in the Personal Narrative

This is the final installment of our blog series on the role of the personal narrative in your campaign message. If you haven't already, be sure to read parts one and two before reading part three! Storytelling and Structure Before we dive into the stories of us and now, let's quickly review what we've learned so far. In part one, [...]

May 8th, 2018

Your Campaign Message: The Personal Narrative and Story of Self

Story Structure & Story of Self

This is part two of our blog series on the role of the personal narrative in your campaign message. If you haven’t already, be sure to read part one to get started! A Quick Recap Let’s quickly review the importance of storytelling and how your personal narrative fits in. In part one, we went over the difference between storytelling and speechmaking: [...]

May 1st, 2018

How to Run for Office: Are Campaign Yard Signs Necessary?

Are they as important as you think?

This might come as a shock to those with minimal to no experience in politics, but yard signs are a hotly debated topic in campaigns. One of the things that surprised me the most when I got into politics was my supervisors’ complete hatred of campaign yard signs. Whenever someone would mention yard signs, they’d go on a long tirade [...]

January 30th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Credit Card Processing

Credit Card Processing 101

In the modern world where fewer and fewer people carry cash and heavily rely on electronic payments to pay for goods, credit cards are more prevalent than ever. For some campaigns, having the ability to process electronic payments is crucial — for others, it’s less than necessary. Here are some facts to help you decide whether your campaign needs to be able [...]

January 17th, 2018

A Blog About… Blogs

Seems a bit meta, right? In all seriousness, blogs are a great campaign tool to have — even after you get elected to office. I’ll break down why you should start one, what should be in it, and places you can host it. Why blog? The greatest thing about blogs is that you can be in-depth in a way that you can’t [...]

December 7th, 2017

Big Tips for Better Small Talk

Campaigns can seem daunting to people who have difficulty with small talk. Just the thought of approaching strangers and striking up a conversation with them can seem daunting. More people have problems with casual conversation than you might think. And many who appear good at it have just had time to practice. The first step in getting over your distaste [...]

October 6th, 2017