How to Prepare Your Candidate for a Political Forum | National Democratic Training Committee

How to Prepare Your Candidate for a Political Forum

By Morgan Harris
20 min
Messaging & Communications

What You’ll Learn

  • How to research moderators and topics
  • How to prepare briefing memos for a forum
  • How to physically prepare your candidate for a forum
  • How to debrief your candidate’s performance

Why This Is Important

As a member of the Communications Team, you will play a large role in ensuring that your candidate is ready to face a moderator and the voters. This course will provide you with a guide for how to properly research, brief, and prepare your candidate for a forum.

Key Resources

  • Forum Preparation Worksheet
  • Talking Points Worksheet

Related Trainings

Morgan Harris

Trainer

Morgan Harris is founder and managing partner of Acacia Consulting Group. He has served as a communications consultant for campaigns of all sizes, including gubernatorial, congressional, state legislature, mayoral, and city council races. An expert in message strategy and delivery, he has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing, handling clients including Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, IFC Films, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, IFC Films, and Cirque du Soleil. Morgan lives in Chicago with his cats and his Netflix account.