Tips for Tabling

  1. Team Up!
    1. Go out in teams of 2 or more people.
    2. Listen to your body; if you get tired, stop! Rotate standers and sitters.
    3. Keep positive regardless of  "yes" or "no" interest.
  2. Read Table Material
    1. Become familiar with the materials to help “tailor” the information you give visitors.
    2. Notify or your Chapter or local leader if information is outdated.
  3. Have Fun!
    1. You’re part of a movement.
    2. You’re educating the public to bring a change that affects everyone positively. 
    3. Let yourself be energized by the responses.
  4. Listening is Crucial
    1. Listening is what builds relationship--an essential element of success.
    2. Let them tell their stories--everyone has one.
    3. Hear their fears and concerns,
    4. Everyone you meet has a different opinion about the U.S. healthcare system.
    5. After you listen to their viewpoint/concerns you can "frame" the conversation. 
  5. Opening (and Closing) Doors For Conversation
    1. Facts do not usually change minds
    2. Discussion openers:
      1. Better Care, To More People, For Less Money
      2. Freedom from worry, Freedom to chose, Freedom from debt
      3. Healthcare as a human right , morally right, and fiscally smart
    3. There will always be people who absolutely don’t agree with you. Don't waste your time and do not take abuse.  End those conversations. “Thank you for your time, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Have a nice day.” and walk away. 

Ask Lines (The most important information to get is the email.)

  • "Would you like to support health care access for all? Please put your name here for universal health care?”
  • "Would you like to take a Photo Petition?  It’s like a written petition but puts a face to the name."
  • “Would you like to send our postcard to Congress to support Medicare for all?”

If you don’t feel that you are able to answer a person’s questions:

  • “I’ll find out for you and get back to you by e-mail or phone. This shows your commitment towards universal health care. Follow through to build a relationship.
  • Refer them to the following websites:
  • Health care for All Oregon,
  • Health Care Now,
  • Physicians for a National Health Program,