Unofficial Guide to a Republican Convention

I don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing political fatigue.

I’m amazed at how many of my sane, normally enjoyable, intelligent friends get so wrapped up in this election. Calling people names. Snide remarks about the candidates. Smug assertions of their own superiority.

As I see it, political conventions bring out some of the nastiest human tendencies–hubris, pettiness, vindictiveness–and brings them to a national stage. Mine included.

And this high level of emotional negativity is draining.

Yes, I believe it’s important to be politically involved. Yes, I am civically engaged. But c’mon. Democrats aren’t the anti-christ. And neither are Republicans.

Apparently I’m far more “moderate” than I ever thought I was! :0

Ironically, this morning I came across a copy of my “Unofficial Guide to the Maine Republican State Convention” from 2004.

I did my American duty and went. The technical process of politics was b-o-r-i-n-g. The level of groupthink was astonishing. And the intense seriousness that people brought to the convention was incredible.

The “Unofficial Guide” was my Gen-X nerdy way of trying to process the event. It’s a slightly irreverent six pages. My favorite portion is the section on Roberts Rules. I end the piece with “6 Ways to Make Your First Convention More Fun.”

I hope your experience reading it is as fun as mine was writing it! Click here for a PDF of my unofficial guide to the Maine State Republican Convention.

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and He's also the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. rich

    “I don’t know about you, but I’m experiencing political fatigue. ”

    dude, it’s just getting started!

  2. Marc

    Yeah. I know! 🙁

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