For the last half of last week, half of my family (including me) worked on the “Kevin McMurry for Superior Court Judge” campaign in Georgia.
Mr. McMurry is a Christian, and a conservative Republican. Every morning he would come and eat breakfast with the team at Chick-fil-a. He is a very gracious man and I sincerely believe that he would make a good judge.
So my job was to go door-to-door in neighborhoods and campaign for him. I’d walk up to a door, ring the bell, give the resident a piece of literature and tell them a bit about him and his qualifications.
For an introvert, the idea of this is SHEER TERROR!!
But I did it.
And I discovered that it’s really not that hard! It’s fun in fact!!
Now to be fair, I should point out that I am only a light introvert. I test pretty close to the middle on the introvert/extrovert scale. This type of thing would probably be a lot harder for a strong introvert.
Now, what made this easy for me were some very important facts.
- I was not asking for money. (I would not have been able to do it of I had been.)
- I knew that I would never see these people again. (So even if I bothered them, I had no fear of future meetings.)
- I was with a group of people who made it very fun! We died of laughter approximately every six minutes.
- We were specifically targeting “Hard Rs” or people who had voted in 3 of the last 4 Republican primaries. (So most people we talked to were at least somewhat receptive to what we had to say.)
In conclusion: Never fear, my fellow introverts (or at least light introverts). If I can do this, you can do it too!
And you might even end up help make a crazy short film late at night at the hotel…complete with Ninjas and foot-chases. 🙂