What I Learned By Knocking on 100 Doors Today

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Today I went knocking door-to-door in a nice neighborhood by campus. I was doing this to raise money for the organization I am Co-President of on campus, Outreach360 UNC-CH.

My script was along these lines:

“Hello how are you today?”

*Response*

“Great, well my name is Jake and I am a student at UNC. I am also the Co-President of a service organization on campus called Outreach360. I was going around the community today to raise awareness for our organization and ask for support. Do you have a second for me to tell you more about what we do?”

*Response*

“Great! Locally we partner with the Refugee center in Carrboro and we tutor/mentor local refugee kids once a week. Then during spring break we will be going to the Dominican Republic to teach English in the local elementary schools. Here is a flyer with an address where you can learn more. Also if you feel inclined to donate on the site we would greatly appreciate it!”

*Hands Flyer*

“Have a great day!”

-End

I walked up to the first house and was pretty nervous, I have never really done anything door-to-door before. I ring the doorbell, seconds later the lady is at the door. I go through my script, hearing myself stumble over my words a little bit. I probably seemed nervous to the lady but at the end she gladly accepted the flyer and I had one house down.

I kept going, ringing doorbell after doorbell.

In total I went to 100 houses and approximately 50% actually answered the door.

1. It Is Not That Hard

After the first house I was simply in the zone. There were only a couple other times where my nerves randomly came back. I would feel my throat tighten up a bit or I would hear myself stumbling over my words a bit. But overall it was much easier than I thought it would be.

2. People Are (For the Most Part) Friendly

Overall everyone was very friendly to me. A few people even asked me to come in, since it was cold outside. I honestly expected a few more rude people since I know the bad reputation door-to-door salesmen get. That is why I scripted my blurb to not come across as a sales pitch. I simply wanted to raise awareness and direct them to the site that they could donate to if they wished. I did get a handful of rude people however, I simply brushed them off and kept going.

3. I Have A (Little) Newfound Dislike for Dogs

This is mainly a joke, I love dogs! However it was much more pleasant when I could ring a doorbell without several dogs barking their heads off at me!

4. All You Can Do Is Try

As of now no one, whose door I knocked on today, has donated to the page. It is still very early of course, but let’s say worst case scenario is I get no donations from 3 hours of knocking on doors. I will be a little disappointed, but also not really because I tried! If I would have stopped after door 20 I would never know what might have been. I had it in my head to do 100 no matter what. And that is what I did. If it does not work this time I will rethink my approach and continue trying.

5. It Will Strengthen Your Confidence

Although my pursuit today has not yet been successful (in donations) I still gained a ton in the form of confidence. I knew going in that I could go door-to-door. I am not a shy person. Sure I was a bit nervous a few times but by the end I knew that I had the ability to approach anyone and strike up a conversation.

Overall it was a productive day as I sought to get out of my comfort zone and grow.

Go for it!

P.S. The GoFundMe for our trip is located here.

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