Do you feel you have what it takes to be America's next president? Have you been planning your inaugural address for years? Just read this guide for precise instructions on how to easily make your way to the White House.
Method 1 of 4: Doing Your Duty
Step 1. Make sure you are at least 35 years old and born in the United States
You must also have lived for at least 14 years in America to run for President. (If you're not 35 yet, you can start planning early!)
There is no other way than this. No, Barack Obama was not born in Kenya. You must be a loyal and genuine American. And if you're an American with a clean criminal record, that helps
Step 2. Prepare her appearance her appearance
All right, we can discuss the pitfalls of American materialism and arrogance later. But in general, the candidate with the better (and taller) performance wins. So, improve your appearance, because now you have a reason for it.
- You'll need a nice suit (or two) and a tie (red or blue) for more important conventions and meetings. Then, when you meet the townspeople, you need to pull out khakis and a white, long-sleeved shirt. You can keep your cufflinks in the closet, as you will roll up your sleeves eventually.
- Smile. His smile needed to say, “You! Yes, you. I did all of this for YOU because I CARE.” Does your smile say that? When your smile says that, does your body agree?
Step 3. Control body language
From this point on, you are a politician. Whether you believe what you are saying or not, you have to convey it in a way that is convincing and makes sense. You can write it down on a piece of paper to cover what comes out of your mouth, but will your body be just one big character telling you?
- Get yourself into an uncomfortable situation. Eventually, you will end up with some unpleasant situations, and you need to know how to handle them. The last thing you want is to be the second version of James Clapper, rubbing his forehead nervously as he tells the world that the NSA doesn't follow all civilians. It will take away the reputation you have built over the years.
- Harmonize your thoughts and speech. You know that one politician (one here means “tens”) who says something like, “I really welcome dialogue with young people,” with shaking fingers or fists at the audience? The two seem to be contradicting each other -- “They will be clearly notified when combined”. So, look in the mirror and notice not only your face, but your whole body.
Step 4. Create and edit your resume
In the last 70 years, every major party presidential candidate who has no obligation must have been a senator or former senator, governor, vice president, or five-star general. If your job is making burgers, you may want to start looking for a manager position now.
Your other option is to attract significant attention from the media, party officials, would-be campaign strategists, and donors. The method is up to you. But you might want to start with the next point:
Step 5. Make some friends
Make lots and lots and lots and lots of friends. In particular, make friends with rich people. Having lots of friends is great, but you're also looking for people who can fly you across the country for all your campaigning needs.
Don't be discouraged if you don't get people's attention right away. This takes time. Many others used to have few supporters. The more the busier for sure -- but less won't stop you from leading
Method 2 of 4: Approaching the Bureaucracy
Step 1. Apply to be an official candidate
If you use or raise more than $5,000 to run, you are automatically considered a candidate by the FEC (Federal Elections Commission). Go to their website and start the registration process.
You should keep FEC up to date with financial reports of income, personal expenses, and debt settlements for your entire campaign. If you can, hire someone now to do this for you. You'll be too busy entertaining and dinning with your significant other, flirting and drinking, and meeting and welcoming to balance the reception
Step 2. Register your name on the ballot
Do this for all 50 states. It can be difficult and expensive, but this may be the only time you are running for president, so it's best to be successful or go home. Think of it as an investment in yourself. Or, conversely, everything invests in you.
Every state is different. You should contact each and every secretary of the state for the required forms to be registered. Getting signatures and support across the country is the goal. As always, there's a website to help get started
Step 3. Establish a presidential inquiry committee
This committee is (usually) a not-for-profit organization to find out if your campaign will actually work. Choose a vice president to delegate the necessary tasks. Create a website to explain what you plan to do, your views, and why you are running. Make it very convincing and honest. Get your name in the opinion column. After that, start spreading the word.
Assemble the field team. They will go visit and approach everyone, spread the good news about you and get a feel for the area. Do it in as many metropolitan areas as possible to win the competition and areas you may need to concentrate on for your campaign
Method 3 of 4: Taking the Opportunity
Step 1. Prepare your merchandise booth
When you're the official candidate and your committee says, “Yes, believe it or not, we can do this,” it's time to spread the word. This is also the time to make more connections at design print shops (if you don't already have one) and empower your friends and family to tout your logo for the next 2 years.
- Design T-shirts, car magnets, billboards, road signs and bumper stickers all with your name and/or slogan. Ask local agencies if you can put a flyer in their window (or if they can name their product after yours (at least temporarily)). Send it to your friends in another area and have them share it there.
- Do it virtually! Start a YouTube channel and create a website or blog. Create accounts for your campaigns on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. How else are you going to reach the latest generation of voters?
Step 2. Have a clear perspective on all current issues
When people start seeing your name out there, they will ask, “Who is this man/woman? What is he fighting for? Is he serious?” Yes, you are serious and Ana has the sensitivity to prove it.
- If you like something or think that it needs to change (for example: humanitarian aid to a foreign country), plan it all out. Which party suits you? Do you support their generic stand on all issues? Where do you fall on the liberal/conservative scale?
- Make that trust clear to your blog, your social network accounts, and to your friends and family. The more people who can explain you "for" you, the better.
Step 3. Write a campaign speech
What is your goal? Lower taxes? Reduce poverty? Creating jobs? Higher educational standards? Think about all the important things when looking at past elections -- What changes do you want to promise?
It's a good idea if you really believe in what you're doing out there. This will make it easier for you to stay consistent and not change your mind or waste time on an issue. If you believe in something the public doesn't want to hear, frankly, good luck
Method 4 of 4: Enter to Win it
Step 1. Start the campaign
Use the media campaign staff, come up with a way to get your name out there. Some of the ways to do this are billboards, newspaper fish, TV commercials, online advertisements, and others. Give speeches and prepare fundraisers. Be creative.
- You may want to start with areas like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Southern California. These areas can give you early leadership which can be difficult to pursue with a lengthy run. They also provide support for consideration as the party's nominee.
- Be prepared to travel. If it's still not clear, you need to quit your job. You'll be traveling every day, so load up on motion sickness medication, deodorant, and sign up as a primary membership card at your favorite hotel branch.
- Campaigns require huge amounts of money. Look for easy ways to get donations and keep in touch with your early bankers. This fee will make it easier for you to make your campaign a success.
Step 2. Hone your debating skills
Luckily, you've probably been public speaking for months, so the basics are familiar to you. But when you're on stage and/or in front of the camera, you have to be prepared to argue. Start practicing as soon as you can -- you'll be glad you did.
Know what you believe in and be able to stand up for it. Moreover, knowing what everyone else believes. You not only have to beat yourself, you have to beat your opponent and the rest of the world. Learn what could be examples, current events, and all of your competitors so you know what to expect when you enter the arena of inquiry. If you come unprepared, the whole country will witness your confused eyes and shaky hands.
Do some research on debating techniques. You need to be assertive but not arrogant, caring but not forgetful, and charismatic to help
Step 3. Prepare yourself for anything
You've spent a lot of your hard earned time and campaign money and now you're about to start getting to the hard part. If you are vying for a place in the republican or democrat party, this is a tough challenge for you. Defeat may be inevitable.
- Surround yourself with a strong support system before you go any deeper. Your rivals can beat you when you fall. Running for president of the United States is an incredibly stressful struggle and one that should not be taken lightly for no other reason than your health.
- In general, Americans like candidates they can relate to -- at least a little. Keeping your feet on the ground and your head on your shoulders will give you an advantage, come defeat or victory.
- Come up with a cool slogan to get people's attention -- something that can explain your motives in a few words.
- If you think you really have the criteria and having something can benefit the country, don't give up!
- Don't cheat and attack other candidates. It doesn't look good.
- Pay attention to your signature. A sloppy signature doesn't look good either!
- If you graduate with a major in political science and a law degree, that's a huge bonus. People will see it and think you know what you are doing.