Friday, September 14, 2018

Tales from phone banking

For those who are working to elect Democrats to restore sanity to Congress, here is what you can expect from calling potential voters.

Make a few hundred phone calls to potential voters to push your candidate or to encourage voting and you will hear a number of responses ranging from virtual hugs to a kick in the what nots. Knowing these types of responses and what to do when you encounter them can encourage you to make another call or stay another hour.

Thank you for calling. Some will thank you for taking your time to volunteer for the candidate. If you ever receive a call from a volunteer you should do the same. Phone banking isn't just sitting around talking on the phone, although that is actually what it is, but it is hard work. Depending upon your targets it may be very tough calling independent voters to convince them to vote for your candidate. These "thank you" calls are good calls. They energize you.

Take me off your list. These usually ends up with a click. Remember you need to feel sorry for these folks. It is clear they can't act like a human being and say something like "Can you please remove me from your list?" or at the very least just hang up. Bless their hearts.

Hang up. Years ago when someone would hang up without even saying "Can you please remove me from your list?" I would call back and hang up on them. (I was reprimanded many times) Don't do that. Just move on to the next call. Do NOT call them back and hang up.

Not interested. There are still people who will say "Not interested". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "Not interested". Hang up on them before they hang up on you.

I'm a Republican. There are still people who will say "I'm a republican". With the country on fire you will still find people who will take the time to pull their heads out of their butt to say "I'm a republican". Hang up. Laugh. Move on.

I wouldn't vote for... Every now and then you will get a MAGAt on the phone who sits by the phone waiting to pounce on a volunteer with "I wouldn't vote for that socialist yada yada yada...". As their blood pressure rises let them rant a bit then say "Hello? Hello? Are you there?". Then hang up. Imagine them sitting there waiting for the next call.

Thanks for taking your time to volunteer for your candidates, your party, and your country!

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