Tips for Candidates to Prepare and Succeed in Their 155 Election Podcast Interviews | TPR Hamilton

The 155 Election podcast is back for the 2022 municipal elections.

In 2018, podcasts successfully provided voters with the opportunity to hear from all of the candidates as they articulated their campaign platforms, explaining why they sought to serve as elected officials and what qualifications they brought to elected office.

The podcast’s questions are structured to make it easy for listeners to compare candidates and for candidates to have a roadmap for presenting their vision to voters.

The 155 is a job interview, for the public service.

Question structure

For City Council candidates, the questions are structured as follows:

Opening Questions, who are you and why are you runningallow candidates to introduce themselves and quickly summarize the reasons for their candidacy.

Eight “open” questions allow applicants to articulate eight platforms of their choice: two city-wide priorities, two neighborhood priorities, two changes to improve municipal services, and two changes to improve the quality of life in Hamilton.

The question about the three skills allows candidates to explain why their skills are a perfect fit for the job of city councilor, similar to a job interview.

Two questions on accountability, transparency and good governance ask candidates to explain how they will sometimes balance the need to keep matters confidential with the expectation of openness in government.

The question of building the SLR asks applicants to share how they will balance and manage the challenges of this transformative construction project.

The question something interesting or unique is used to provide a break for the candidate, interviewer and listener between a series of difficult questions. Think of it as the act of comic relief so common in theater and film.

Land use issues (including transportation) get to the heart of the most time-consuming and difficult part of being a city councillor. Approve and manage difficult changes. This is a tough set of questions because voters are divided on what constitutes good planning. The questions are structured to be specific to the circumstances of each service and to require thoughtful and articulate answers.

Road safety, everyone wants to know what the candidates’ plans are to reduce the number of deaths and injuries along Hamilton’s roads. The question asked candidates to articulate their plan and how they would achieve it.

The question of 10,000 hours. How will candidates acquire the knowledge necessary to be effective leaders and make informed decisions? This is a job interview type question.

The three-word question asks candidates to sum up in three words, then sum up their hopes for the 2022-26 City Council term in three words.

Some advice for the preparation

Be well hydrated. This ensures that your vocal chords don’t dry out, which improves the quality of your voice for the interview.

Don’t read a script. Seriously. It’s monotonous to listen to. Voters stop listening.

To prepare.

Voters will listen to the podcast while they exercise, cook dinner, commute to work, garden, and more.

Think about the deck boards you want to hinge.

What are the key points you want to convey in your responses, and how can you do so concisely.

Index cards can be useful and help you organize your thoughts. Use bullet points.

This is a full length door step. Do you read your campaign materials when you go door to door?

You don’t because you know your platform and voters are busy — they won’t sit around while you read your script.

Do not use your smartphone to take notes. You will end up playing with your phone. Your voice quality drops when you tilt your head to read notes on a smartphone.

Voters are the public; They listen to our conversation

People like to listen to a good conversation. Think about the podcasts you enjoy the most. They have a conversational format.

The format of The 155 is designed to keep the focus on the candidates.

Me, Joey Coleman, as the interviewer, seeks to ask the questions and only injects myself if absolutely necessary because a candidate doesn’t answer a question, their answer needs more clarity at the time, or the candidate is clearly lying beyond a reasonable doubt.

[In 2018, a candidate lied about where they live.]

The presence of the interviewer (me) provides you (the candidate) with someone to focus your answers on.

Go to your interview.


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