Organizations and businesses use door-to-door canvassing as a tool for furthering a message or increasing sales. Many workers may feel uncomfortable during the canvass, but preparation and practice are key. The more you do it, the easier it will be.
Know what you’re going to say ahead of time. Write out a script in which you identify yourself and your purpose for being there right off the bat. You don’t have to memorize everything you plan to say for the entire visit. Instead, familiarize yourself with the purpose or product you are representing so that when the resident asks questions, you’re able to answer them. Try to anticipate any questions people might have, and make sure you know the answers.
Have informative fliers ready to hand out. The company or organization you represent may provide you with some. If it does not, make sure you run any you create by a supervisor before taking them on a canvass outing. In the fliers, facts and details about the purpose or product you are promoting. Again, try to anticipate questions the residents might have and include the answers within the flier.
Smile, make eye contact and speak in a loud, clear, confident voice when a resident answers the door. Offer a handshake if they come outside to greet you. State the purpose of your canvass (census, election campaigning, etc.) right away. If the resident is busy or very negative, don’t take it personally, just move on to the next home. Be respectful of residents who do not want the flier or pamphlet; do not try to force them to take it. Try to end all exchanges on a positive note.
You'll find that some people are very chatty. Don't linger and talk with them too long, especially if they are confrontational and want to debate you. Try to keep a mental clock and don't talk with anyone for more than a few minutes.
Take a map in case you get lost.
Be very wary of "Beware of Dog" signs. A lot of them are quite serious.