There will be days that you will not get the vote, or a resident will be uncomfortable donating to your cause. This could happen if they only need to give $0.99; even if you know all the talking points of the campaign, when you know your candidate inside and out — you may still hear the word NO.
But there is always tomorrow. Although smiling will put you in a better mood, because we know in some sense, smiles change the world, I’ve found many voters can sense when a canvasser has a false sense of sincerity.
When I was a canvasser, I learned that confidence went further than a smile. You must be confident and have faith in yourself, in your candidate, their issues, and what they will do in their newfound position should they be elected.
You should be knowledgeable with stats and where the donations will go, should they decide to ask questions and part with their hard-earned money.
Look for patterns. Examine the responses that you get from voters. Is there a particular area where you have a weakness, or is there talking points that keep surfacing that you’re light on?
Detectable patterns will assist you in diagnosing a weakness you may have with canvassing. When in doubt, use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.