Knock on Doors
Please complete the online form if you are interested in helping us with our door knocking campaign later this year. We need YOUR help in reelecting Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz.
To help, we put together a set of tips:
- Never go out on a rainy day, people are put off if you look like a drowned rat or are covered with a hood, hat or umbrella
- Similarly, avoid going out if you are ill.
- Dress smartly; not necessarily suited but ironed and clean. Don't look like a burglar or bailiff - people are less likely to answer the door to someone wandering up their drive with a big hood or black hat and scarf.
- The best time to go knocking is during daylight hours. It is best not to go around dinner time. Yes people will be home, but they won’t be happy to talk. Similarly, don't go just after work, people need at least half an hour to relax before doing anything like talking to strangers.
- It's always good to have a clip board in you hand - even if you don't really need it, take one with some leaflets on.
- If you have enough time it is worth calling back to houses that didn’t answer the first time. Just make sure that you keep an accurate record of which houses you spoke to people in or else you'll end up calling on the same person several times and they'll get angry.....
- Say the most important thing first. Avoid apologizing for bothering them in the first sentence – people prefer you get to the point of why you're calling.
- The person opening the door won't want to hear too much complicated stuff in the first minute or so leave aside complicated explanations in favour of making a good first impression
- If you seem confident and relaxed, so will they - if you're nervous and tense then they will also tend to react defensively.
- Use inclusive gestures, open stance - never cross arms while you speak, or stand like you are about to leave for example.
- Don't be intimidating, and don't approach the door in a big group. Knocking in pairs is usually the best format, for not overwhelming people, for your security and also so you have some company and can get feedback from each other on how it went.
- Remember to smile; don't go if you're in a bad mood. People always pick up on it.
- Look people in the eye, use a strong handshake – it makes you seem more trustworthy.
- Always be honest about what you know and don't know.
- Know your script, and answers to frequently asked questions, so you don't fumble your words when asked.
- It sounds silly, but your knocking style is important. If you sound too official, people may not come to the door.