How can I prepare for speeches, media interviews and debates when running for office?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Political and public affairs analyst Ron Faucheux gives advice for people running for elected office, including how to prepare for the media.

    Host: How can you prepare for speeches, media interviews and debates?

    Ron Faucheux: Well, first of all, you have to have something to say. You have to have a message that sums up why you are running for office; what you stand for that compares you to the political opposition and also fits in with the current political environment and then you have to be able to say it in an appropriate way for the forum. They asked Woodrow Wilson one time, how long it took him to prepare a 15 minute speech and he said two weeks, a half-hour speech, he said one week, a two-hour speech, he said, I am ready now. It's easy to go on and on and talk forever, but if you have to say something eight to nine second, TV sound bite.

    If you have to say something in a five or ten minute's speech or one minute or two minute statement in a political debate, you have to prepare for that. You have to practice for that. You have to know exactly what you want to say, so that you can reach voters on an intellectual level and also on an emotional level, so that you can connect on a values basis; so that you can get across the right information; so that voters have an opportunity to really see what you stand for and what you want to do in this particular office; but you have to know how to communicate those things and each forum require something different, which is why it takes candidates practice and it takes candidate preparation time to be able to say the things that you think they are important, to say the things that you think voters need to hear about your candidacy, to do it in an honest way to do it a thorough way, but to do it in a way that is appropriate to the forum at hand.