Asking for votes doesn’t work anymore. People see through your well-baked promises, colourful adjectives and any facade that you are keeping up.
You can’t ask, coax or buy your way to win trust in the elections at your community centre, your favourite not for profit, your local toastmasters’ club, or your alumni network.
Instead, reach them where they are and empathise with them. This election isn’t big enough to have a PR firm do this for you.
You are on your own.
Do all this emotional labour to know their problems, their concerns, their unfortunate experiences, their ideas, their hopes. This provides you with direction, grounding and speech material!
Now, you know what you are getting yourself into. The audience knows what to expect. This is a good time to ask for their votes!
Elections are about them, not you.
PS: Winning the election is the beginning, trust is built as you solve their problems, calm their concerns and implement their ideas.