Leafleting tips

Some tips on leafleting,

For volunteers of political parties especially.

Over the years, I have always had part-time jobs, giving out leaflets, even when I was a CEO. Why? The answer is simple, it was my way of keeping fit. Contemporaries paid money to join gyms and health clubs, I earned money by getting my exercise. Climbing up and down steps, bending down to those letterboxes right at the bottom of doors, opening and shutting gates, walking miles, it was all great exercise and, in addition, exercised different parts of my body.

Some things I learned included:

Don't deliver if a note says “no leaflets” it is impolite, but on the other hand, if it says “no junk mail” and you are delivering community or political stuff, the word “junk” is relative isn't it?

Watch out for dogs behind a letterbox - especially silent ones - and don't put your hand in. I recently hurt my hand getting it out of the letterbox quickly – fortunately I wasn’t bitten!

If the postman or another leafleteer has left mail or a leaflet sticking out in view of passers by, push them all in as a favour to the householder who may be at work and won't want potential burglars noting that there's nobody in.

If a thin leaflet, curve it as you put it in the letterbox as it gives it strength to push through those awful “claws” and push up the flap at the other end.

If you see the householder, a loud and cheerful good morning, good afternoon or good evening works wonders! It also helps them to smile, I often grin and say, I should be at home with a glass of wine (women) or a glass of whisky (men) and this usually brings a smile to their face.

If they have a small porch between their door and their front door and you see them, it helps to mention that a strong lock should be on the porch door more than the front door, as if a burglar gets into your porch, he has all the time in the world, out of sight of the neighbours, to work on your front door. Unless, of course, they have a strong lock on their porch door.

If you are a husband and wife team, play leapfrog. This is when you are doing one side of a street together, do one house, your partner does the next house, and so on. Then you will always be close together should one of you need “assistance”.

I could go on, but this is a good starter for making your life easier.