Participant Guidelines

Repairing the World with the Words We Speak

Participant Guidelines

In order to insure civil discourse and provide for an orderly, positive process, we have adopted these guidelines.These guidelines are designed for all participants and are divided into 3 sections. Depending on their role, more than one section may apply. We ask participants to review each of the sections so they will understand what we are asking of everyone.


All Participants: Ask Yourself

Can I Focus On:                             Rather Than:

Specifics                                            Generalities

The Problem                                    The Person

Behavior                                           Character

Facts                                                  Motives

Information                                      Who’s Winning or Losing


How angry am I? Am I going to let my anger get in the way of hearing what the candidates have to say?

Moderator: Also ask yourself:

Am I asking the questions appropriately?

Am I contributing to any conflict between the candidates?

Am I communicating in a businesslike manner?

Am I assuming something about which I should be asking a question?

Am I helping my audience understand what the candidates are saying?

Am I permitting the candidates to?

Point fingers at and blame each other

Brag about past accomplishments

Rehash other’s past mistakes

Criticize the other members

Use “weasel words”

Use “political rhetoric”

Candidate Guidelines

We want to know what you will do if you are elected.

We want to know how you will handle problems.

We want to know how you will correct past mistakes.

We do not want to know what you think previous office holders have done wrong, unless you are going to point out a better way to do things in the future.

If you choose to refer to a past event, we expect that you will:

  1. Recount the facts of the event, without naming your opponent(s).
  2. Tell us what you learned from that event
  3. Tell us what you will do differently, if you run into a similar problem.

Make sure your facts are quantifiable and empirically provable.

Answer questions clearly and simply.

Talk about yourself, not your opponent(s).