UC-Irvine Welcome Week Recruiting

On Monday, September 19th, Young Americans for Liberty at UC-Irvine attended the Anteater Involvement Fair. From approximately 11 AM to 3 PM, over 80 sign-ups were attained for the UCI YAL chapter (including their name, email, phone, etc).

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Here is how we did it:  Stand in front of your table with a smile on your face, ready to approach people. If someone even glances your way, walk next to them and ask them a simple question. Try to get them to smile, laugh, or just stop walking. I would usually ask something like, “You look like someone who likes freedom! Am I right!?” When he/she says yes, respond with “Then our club is perfect for you!”

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The key is to show that your club is having lots of fun doing what you’re doing. When explaining what your club is, say something like “We are a liberty-promoting club that takes part in lots of FUN activism events.”

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Although some people may ignore you, do not be afraid of approaching people. After you get the hang of it, it will be a lot of fun! Sometimes, I will even join in on a passing by group’s conversation just for fun. I found that approaching people results in about 10 times as many sign-ups!

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At our table, we gave out pocket constitutions, YAL palm cards, political quizzes, stickers, literature, and more. 

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Also, throughout the rest of the week, more sign-ups were acquired. Our first official meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. Hopefully many new members will attend!

— Matt Eggleton, President of YAL at UCI

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