Today, the University of Central Florida Young Americans for Liberty Chapter took to campus with a mission to unmask Obama’s foreign policy. The recent events in Libya sparked several ideas from our members to do a campaign displaying the similarities in foreign policy between Presidents Bush and Obama. We carried several signs, made some short speeches, and passed out literature to hundreds of students. We also had a petition to repeal the PATRIOT Act and over 20 people joined our e-mail list.
Tabling is one of the most important elements of a successful student group, thus it is critical to make the most out of your efforts. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when organizing a table.
Whether the members of your group can table every day of the week, or just one, be there and make it a regular schedule. At UCF we table every Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm in front of the Student Union. This is the busiest time during the week and in the most heavily-trafficked part of campus. All students have busy lives, however, everyone can take a few minutes out of their day to stop by and support the tabling efforts. We always encourage our members to come by even if they can only stay for 10 minutes in between classes. It’s very important to have a numbers. The more people you have at your table, the more likely people will come over to talk.
HAVE A MESSAGE
At UCF we try to focus on different issues every week that we table. Whether you’re trying to get people to see similarities between the left and the right, petitioning to audit the Fed, or ending the war on drugs it’s imperative that you have a reason to talk to people. When we first began tabling we would tell people, “we’re Young Americans for Liberty and we believe in sound money, free markets, non-interventionism, etc.” While we had mild success with this, we’ve found that people are much more receptive to the message of liberty when you focus on one key issue. Signs are good conversation starters. Clever signs are better conversation starters because they get people to laugh or think of something they wouldn’t have on their way to class.
We are all part of this organization for different reasons, but we all have one thing in common: we’re passionate about spreading the message of liberty. I cannot stress enough how important it is to love what you’re doing. Passion breeds creativity.
MAKE IT FUN
Having your brothers and sisters in liberty by your side will make you much more willing to talk to strangers about your message. Having a good time will also draw a lot more people to your table. A few weeks ago we passed out popsicles to students who participated in our Operation Politically Homeless campaign. If you’re not enjoying this movement, then you musn’t be fully involved.
Keep these ideas in mind for your next tabling!Published in