Turns out talking to people can be really hard -- especially when they hold difficult political views in a really tough political environment. It takes time to learn how to engage people to get the most out of a deep canvass.
That's why we spend several hours training people in how to do the work and use the Changing the Conversation Together script.
But, as always, practice makes perfect.
After three hours of learning, role playing, and asking questions, people hit the streets of swing districts ready to engage with other New Yorkers, even if they (still!) love Trump.
This may sound like a Herculean task, but it turns out that even the die-hard Republicans are ready to engage in a conversation. People of all stripes are concerned that the divisions are deep and getting deeper. When and where will it end?
That's the beauty of deep canvassing. Armed with a script and some training, you can learn to talk to anyone, confidently and openly. You can share your stories and listen to theirs. And, if all goes according to plan, you may even convince some people to vote blue in upcoming elections. After all, that's the one tool all Americans have to put the brakes on runaway president and Congress.
Now, let's get out there and explain why.