4 First-Time Candidate Mistakes and How to Avoid Them!

Posted by Purvi Dalvi
April 17, 2018

Winning an election is not easy, but it is not that difficult to. However, it is not easy for first-time candidates. It is quite hard to navigate through the tricky waters of the political campaign. A lot has to be taken care of. No matter whether you are a first-time candidate or a successful politician, you are bound to make some minor or major mistakes. Though mistakes are part of the game, the fewer you make, the better! This further calls for having and developing an effective election campaign strategy. To help you in the same, here are some of the mistakes every first-time candidate should avoid:

It’s Too Early to Start

The first mistake a lot of newcomer candidates tend to make is to think that it is too early to start. In fact, they wait only until a few months before the election to start with the campaigning aspect. While there are a number of activities that need to be started when the election is close, it is wise to start with the campaigning early.

The Opponent Will be an Easy Target

No one is strong, and no one is weak. Thinking that your opponent is weak and bound to lose is one big mistake every candidate makes. Do not ever underestimate your opponent. If you have to compete for an open seat, do not think that your opponent will let you win. This only further leads to no better campaigning, and your chances of losing are higher. Once you have lost the election, there is no second chance. There is no thinking that we could have tried harder!

The Candidate as a Campaign Manager

A lot of first-time candidates make the mistake of playing a double role of that a candidate and a campaign manager. Well, it is impossible to do so. A candidate needs to be there all the time, be it to raise money or attending events. While a campaign manager is solely responsible for election campaign strategy and day to day operations. This is one of the major reason why you need to let an expert handle this job.

Not Taking Professional Help

A lot of candidates tend to avoid hiring expert reputation management consultants and strategists to take care of the campaigning aspect. Asking someone with no expertise or political experience will only land you in trouble. A consultant is there to take care of your campaign that helps you win.

These are some of the common mistakes every candidate tends to make. Ensure you avoid them to win the election.