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Have a conversation about Pete

Whether someone is deeply engaged in politics or relatively unplugged, the most powerful way you can help them consider Pete in 2020 is by sharing your story. Grab coffee with your friend, bring up Pete over lunch with a coworker, or send your sister a text message. However you choose to start your conversation about Pete, remember that the best way to help someone in your life learn about Pete is by sharing what values brought you into this community.

First, get clear on your core values.

With so many candidates, the only way to have authentic conversations is through speaking about your own experience, rather than cycling through another news byte or video clip, when you’re having a conversation.

Remember, values are your internal motivations, while policies enable us to bring those motivations to life through actions and systems. Many people care about creating economic growth for all, but different people will be drawn to that issue through commitments to different values, such as justice, equality, freedom, compassion, or resilience.

Second, share a story where you learned that value.

Describe what moments in your life drew you to care about a specific value.

For example, if you identify compassion as a core value from seeing it in action in your neighborhood as a child, describe how, when, and where you saw and learned compassion, name how you act on it today, and take us to a moment where you saw or heard Pete embody that value.

Third, explain why you think this so urgent.

This election is important. Take us to both the urgent challenge you see today and the hopefulness and opportunity you see in getting involved and a Buttigieg presidency.

Finally, ask for time to talk about this later in a longer conversation.

Nobody loves to be pitched on anything for 20 minutes, let alone a candidate. Tell your story and see how your person responds:

  • If they seem intrigued or curious, ask if they’d be open to have a longer conversation about Pete, and if so, schedule a time to talk. In your conversation, ask about what their values are: follow your natural curiosity.
  • If they say not at this time, ask if they would like any additional info about Pete’s stances and send them resources from Pete’s issues and Ask Pete page that they may find interesting.
  • If they say no, they don’t want to learn more, be respectful and thank them for their time. Sometimes it takes a number of conversations. We’ll have more resources on how to have these conversations in the coming months, and we can’t wait to support you as you begin to organize your communities.