So you want to know how to win a fraternity election. Here is the short story on how to do it:
First, you have to get the basics down and have focused your efforts into running for just one office. You need to have focused your efforts on a favorable situation by running for an office you are qualified for and entering an election that you have a good shot at winning.
If that is the case, you have already accomplished the hard part. Now you must make sure your fraternity realizes why you are the best candidate for the position.
Most fraternity brothers believe this means an explanation of their past experiences. Too often a brother will recite what positions he has held and what he has done in the past during his election speech.
This is a waste of time, is painful to go through and does no one any good.
The reason for this is quite simple. The audience is the fraternity. They know your accomplishments in the chapter and the result of your efforts. You don’t need to reiterate what you have done, because they only care about what you will do in the future.
If you want to know how to win a fraternity election, here’s how: Have a well thought out plan of goals you wish to accomplish during your term.
To develop these goals, solicit advice from brothers before the election. You will gain instant credibility because your platform will become their ideas. Also, you will score big points with the brotherhood because you will actually sit down and listen to their thoughts. When you think about it – that is what fraternity is all about isn’t it?
Finally, if you have followed the plan laid out in the previous paragraph, you should have the election won before it actually happens. As icing on the cake you should hit a home run during your nomination speech. Spend the time to make hand-outs outlying your agenda. Pass them out, and then speak to your points. If you are sincere in your approach, and dedicated to reaching the goals you have developed with the brotherhood, you should win easily.
That is the short version on how to win a fraternity election. The long version is in my book The Fraternity Leader. In my book I lay out a 5 step plan that will show you how to win your fraternity election. The plan includes a detailed explanation on how to develop a platform (with examples) and how to make your platform connect with your brothers. It really is a must-read for anyone aspiring to run for fraternity office.