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Just confirmed: The Art of Research Training Seminar!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I just wanted to announce the latest session in our on-going effort to provide our members access to knowledge, tips & tricks from senior level professionals with our Advanced Specialty Workshops:

Democratic GAIN is proud to present Mike Rice of VR Research for a Training Seminar on:
The Art of Research: How to Do It and How to Use It!

In this 3 hour seminar, Mike will cover:
  • Basics of a career in research and what that means
  • A researcher’s role on a campaign and how to work with your Campaign Manager or Project Director (and how a C.M./P.D. best utilizes a researcher)
  • Research’s role in various levels of campaigns – from local to presidential
  • Brief overview of conducting a research project and what the end result should look like
This training is for individuals at all levels who wish to learn more about research - both those looking to research as a career specialty, and for campaign managers and other professionals who want to learn how to best use a research professional on their team.

This seminar is $25 for non-dues-paying members and FREE for paid members!  Membership starts at just $25, so you may as well join before registering!

Space is limited, so Register Today to reserve your spot!

Tags:  career development  training 

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June GAIN Trainings & Workshops

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I just wanted to put in a quick word about all of the exciting stuff happening in June and encourage you to sign up ASAP because space is limited.

Two June Resume Workshops…1 after work, and 1 Online!

You asked, we answered! We are offering two Resume Tips & Job Search Advice Workshops in June…one in the evening (for those of you who are fortunate to have a job or internship, but still want to get in on this great advice), and one Online for those of you living outside the DC area.

The evening workshop is Thursday, June 4th from 5:30-7:30pm. Click here for more information and to register. Space is very limited, so register now.

The Online workshop is Friday, June 19th from Noon-2pm EST. Click here for more information and to register.

More training opportunities

The Whats, Whys and Hows of Direct Mail - On Thursday, June 18th, Ed Peavy of Mission Control will host a two hour seminar focusing on showing you how to put together a winning Direct Mail strategy. This seminar is geared towards individuals looking to become Deputy Campaign Managers, Managers or who will be participating in mail strategy for their advocacy organization or union. Click here for more info or to register.

The Basics of Polling - On Tuesday, June 30th, Matt Hogan of Anzalone Liszt Research will host a two hour workshop for those of you looking to get a better handle on polling, pollsters and using polling information to form a message and strategy.  Click here for more info or to register.

Space is very limited, so sign up right away if you are interested in attending either event.
These seminars are each $25 to attend, but are FREE for current dues-paying members of GAIN. Since membership packages start at just $25/year, you may as well become a paid member before signing up!

We've got more in the hopper, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, sign up for one of the June workshops or seminars now!

I hope you find them helpful...

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Thank you Rachel!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yesterday's Advanced Finance Training Seminar with Rachel Hirschberg was great (if I do say so myself).  Having been working in political and non-profit fundraising for 15 years, Rachel was able to give the participants valuable "real life tips" to help them forge ahead in their finance careers. 

Joining Rachel was Johanna Berkson from the DCCC to not only share her experience, but give insider tips from the frontline congressional races. 

I sat through the whole 2 hours wishing I'd been able to attend this session when I was starting my finance career.  Just hearing about the difference between the "Cadillac Plan" (which is everyone's goal), and reality was so helpful. 

From how to manage call time to working with your campaign manager, Rachel's insight was helpful, interesting and often very funny.

One of the participants, Joel Z. noted after the seminar: "It was great to hear and compare issues and concerns similar to my own experiences from the panel and participants.  It clarified and solidified much of what I learned working in finance during the last cycle and I'm excited to find my next race and start fighting again."

I would like to personally thank Rachel and Johanna and all of the participants for joining us.  I very much hope to bring more of these "small group discussion training seminars" to our members throughout this year.  So, stay tuned...

Tags:  finance  fundraising  training 

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NOI Opportunity: Progressive Movement Crash Course

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Here is an excellent opportunity from NOI:

2008 exposed an entire generation of progressives to organizing for the first time.
Many of us are already intimately familiar with the moving pieces of the progressive movement. But 2008's new recruits are still looking at its machinery from the outside.
That's why NOI is holding a Progressive Movement Crash Course for these newcomers in Washington, DC -- it's an intensive, day-long introduction to the world of progressive organizing -- labor, advocacy, non-profits, philanthropy, and more!
I'm sure you know at least one talented organizer who could use a thorough introduction to the progressive community.
Can you forward this email to your friends about attending the Progressive Movement Crash Course on Thursday, February 26th?
Here are the details:

Progressive Movement Crash Course
AFL-CIO Headquarters
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006 Google Map

Thursday, February 26th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tags:  networking  organizing  training 

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Training opportunity in Chicago

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Sunday, November 30, 2008

In addition to our Democratic GAIN sponsored events, we always like to connect people with opportunities across the country. For those of you in the Chicago area, Mia Phifer & Associates is sponsoring "Professional Campaign Strategy’s 101 -An introduction to winning elections."

Saturday December 6, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 PM Training & Panel Discussion/Q&A period
5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking Cocktail Hour

Chicago, IL


Special Guest at Networking Cocktail Hour - Becky Carroll National Women’s Vote Director, Obama for America, Communications Director, Rahm Emanuel for Congress, Illinois Communications Director, Gore for President.

Please join us for a specialized candidate’s training by National Political Consultants for:

  • Individuals who have never run for local office before but are currently running or would like to run in the future
  • Individuals who currently hold elected office but would like to grow their operation or run for higher office in the future
  • Individuals who have volunteered on a campaign or worked in an entry level position on one or two small races and want to broaden their resources and information base

You will have the opportunity to learn the ropes from political professionals in an intimate setting - each consultant will provide a presentation on their area of specialty to be followed by an interactive question and answer period with the consultants ending with a networking cocktail hour.

Special presentations:

  • General Campaign start up, Fundraising and Networking Development – Mia Phifer & Associates
  • Legal & Ballot Access – Vasyl Markus
  • Direct Mail & Internet Marketing - First Tuesday Consulting, Rob Martwick
  • Polling - Lake Research Partners, Daniel Gotoff
  • Media buying & Strategy - Main Street Solutions, Kristin Donels
  • Research - 3rd Coast Consulting, Will Caskey & Carrie Bauer
  • Printing - Consolidated Printing, Marilyn Jones
  • Phones – Telephone Strategies Group – Jaimey Sexton
  • Others TBA

Do you know of other training opportunities like this?  Post them here at the GAINing Ground blog to spread the word!

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