Q: WHAT SHOULD I TALK ABOUT IN MY VIDEO?

A:  First off, our priority is on the message, and not the production quality of your video.

We’re looking for submissions that address policies or issues in a way that communicates that freedom is the best pathway to security; that uses emotionally compelling stories; that takes the moral high ground; is hopeful, aspirational, and/or addresses the issue of fairness or inequality; and that puts the other side on the defense.

Specifically, we’re asking contestants to consider the fact that many Americans no longer seem to understand or appreciate the value of freedom. We believe that until they comprehend how liberty outweighs perceived security in their quality of life, we may be creating solutions for problems people don’t know or believe they have.

Don’t use facts and figures, find a story that will resonate and connect and tell it.

Q: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “TAKING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND” OR “MAKING MORAL ARGUMENTS?”

A: We believe that as long as the Right continues making material arguments (filled with facts and figures, but rarely making moral, emotional appeals), we’re going to continue to lose the fights that matter the most. Free enterprise is better for everyone, especially the poor and disadvantaged – we have to position and frame all of arguments with this in mind.

So, instead of arguments about the ways Obamacare is causing unemployment to rise, we are looking for stories about the man who had his hours cut at work so his employer doesn’t have to provide healthcare benefits and is now only working 29 hours a week, who can’t find work to make up the difference, and isn’t able to make ends meet. Making the case for free market solutions with stories that resonate on a personal level will get us much closer to victory than all the facts and figures in the world.

Q: WHAT TECHNICAL SKILLS DO I NEED TO ENTER THE GREAT COMMUNICATORS TOURNAMENT?

A:  If you’ve made it to our website, you’re probably all set to go with technical skills. We’re focused on the message your video conveys, not flashy technical skills. You can record your video straight from the YouTube website or by using the YouTube Capture app. Outline and script what it is you’re going to say, make sure you’ve got some decent light, and hit record!

Q: WHAT’S THE TIMELINE?

September 26, 2016 Submission Deadline
October 5, 2016 12 finalists named
October 26, 2016 Final rounds and prizes awarded

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE GREAT COMMUNICATORS TOURNAMENT?

A: Our 2016 Great Communicator will receive a $10,000 prize. 2nd place wins $5,000 and 3rd place wins $2,500.

The 12 finalists will receive round-trip airfare to Washington, DC, accommodations for the duration of the Tournament, as well as a $250 for other travel costs.

Q: WHO DECIDES WHICH CONTESTANTS ADVANCE TO THE IN-PERSON ROUNDS?

A:  This year, we are partnering with organizations in the free market and limited government movement to help promote the Tournament and to assist in gathering entries to the Tournament.  In turn, these sponsor organizations will receive a special link to share with their membership and be given the opportunity to assist us in choosing four of the twelve contestants who will advance to the in-person rounds of the 2016 Tournament.

Q: HOW DO WE GET FROM 12 FINALISTS TO THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR?

A:  There will be preliminary in-person rounds on October 25 in Washington, DC. These rounds are being sponsored by allied organizations in the free market movement and the participants will have been chosen from the entries received using the sponsor’s unique submission form. The winners of these rounds will participate in the final round on October 26 at the DC Improv.

These three finalists will give a short speech and then answer questions from our emcee, judges, and the audience.

From the first round of video entries and through the final event, the key to succeeding in the 2016 Great Communicators Tournament will be your ability to craft messages and tell emotionally compelling stories  hat will reach persuadable voters and make a convincing case for why they need more freedom in their lives.

Feel free to email tournament@thinkfreelymedia.org with other questions or for more information.