Canvassing and Phonebanking September 17 th , 2008 Listen live on: Questions? [email_address] AIM: DFA Night School Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
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Phonebanks Getting Ready 5 Questions? email@example.com Create a positive environment for your volunteers Training: Role Plays are a must Phonebank Packets Prepared - Lists & numbers - Scripts - Candidate issues - Clipboards & pens Tips for Fun Phonebanks Phonebank Bingo Bells and Whistles Energy!
S mile – They can hear you!
C onnect – Be a real person!
E ar Glue – No need to hang up between calls
D ammit – Speak confidently & clearly
S tand – Move around to keep your energy up!
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More Phonebank Skills
Engage! - Listen more than you talk and ask questions
Take Good Notes - Make it clear and legible, follow the coding instructions!
Forget Your Last Call – Focus on the voter you’re about to talk with
Safety First – Never go into homes, beware of dogs!
Dress the Part – Wear comfortable shoes! Check the weather
Know the Message – Memorize the script, do lots of Role Plays!
Communicate w/out words – Always be smiling when they answer the door. Get them to open the door and engage you
Feel free to say “I don’t know” – See it as an opportunity to follow up with them
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Never Debate - You may win the argument and lose the vote
Let them know you were there - Write personal messages on your literature
Know your environment – Look around before you go up to the door, look up where people vote in each neighborhood you canvass
Move! – How many doors can you knock in an hour? Push yourself!
Take Good Notes – When in doubt, write it down
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Phonebank Bingo (click to view)
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