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Tips for the one-on-one “ask” from Colorado leaders

The month of May is full of one-on-ones – those intimate conversations where we’re connecting with Obama supporters to hear what their ideas for the 2012 campaign and find out how they want to get involved today. OFA Colorado volunteers have been busy phonebanking Obama supporters and asking them to schedule a one-on-one with a local leader.

Like all good organizing, you can’t have an outstanding one-on-one without the initial “ask” to meet. Who best to tell us how to make the (oftentimes dreaded) ask for a one-on-one than some of Colorado’s most dedicated volunteer leaders?

Lakewood Community Organizer Cindy L. (below) says first and foremost, “It’s all about connecting with people. I tell them, ‘the president can’t come out to every home himself, so he’s sent his ground team out, and we want to meet with you.’ Then I ask them, ‘Are you in?’ They hardly ever say no.”


Cindy also makes sure she’s got plenty of information to share, referring those she phonebanks to and if they have questions about the Administration’s policies and accomplishments.

Neighborhood Team Leader Barbara S. (below) taught art to high school students for 30 years and uses techniques from the classroom when she’s making the one-on-one ask. “You have to have a smooth, calming voice, just like you would with an agitated 10th grader,” she says.


Two out of Neighborhood Team Leader Marty K.’s first three calls of the day on Tuesday resulted in scheduled one-on-ones. She connects by reminding people they’ve been supportive in the past and then lets them know they can get involved again now. “People are most responsive to that,” she says. “They like that we’re on top of things.”

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