Pledge Drive Canvassing Script
Your checklist of things to bring.
Suggested places to canvass:
Pick a place that has high foot traffic, so that you’re actively approaching people rather than waiting for people to come by.
Stay mobile with a clipboard and circulate instead of setting up a table. Wait for each person to get within speaking distance, make eye contact and smile. Walk toward them as you ask your question.
When you speak with potential petition signers, speak from the heart. Don’t read from the script. Show them your passion. Here are a few points to guide you. Why were you drawn to MPP? Use that.
For those who indicate an interest in volunteering, make an attempt to get them to sign up on the spot.
Many prospective volunteers will not want to sign up immediately. Give them a flyer or business card that references the website, and point out the ForAPeoplesParty.org website printed on it so they can read and sign the petition when they get home.
You will run into many people who will want to debate you on the issues or challenge MPP’s positions. Here are some talking points. Feel free to add your own and let us know what works.
Tips and More Info
This guide was put together by longtime organizers. It’s a good starting point. When you get into the field, say what comes naturally and adapt the script to your liking. Short and sweet interactions get the best results.
Your opening question should be something that garners a quick “Yes” before you dive into asking if they’d like to sign the petition. That first affirmation is a hook that opens up conversation.
Collecting signatures is a numbers game. The more people you ask, the more you’ll receive. You want to go from person-to-person in quick succession. Virtually everyone will be friendly. People will appreciate that you’re engaging in democracy and want to help you out. Ask friends and family to canvass with you, but make sure to cover different areas rather than standing together.
Once you’ve finished collecting signatures, enter the information into the Sign Up section on our website. Double-check to make sure that you’ve entered each name and email correctly before submitting them, so we can reach them later. Finally, take a close, well-lit photo of each petition sheet and email them to Organize@ForAPeoplesParty.org. We will save the petition sheet photos but not enter the signatures, so please make sure you’ve entered the signatures before sending them to us.
Thanks for building a people’s party with us!
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