- Organize a packet: I tried to give the people I talked to a range of options (see photo). I put together a packet using paper clips and rubber bands that included both the English and trilingual posters, flyers, the informational letter, and a postcard. Give them whatever you can to make it as easy as possible for them to display the image. Just so you’re organized, roll them together using a rubber band, put them in a large envelope or bag – whatever you have.
- Prepare talking points: Here’s my example: “Hi. I’m working with a group of community members here in metro Detroit who are concerned about recent political events and the rise of hate crimes in Michigan. We’re concerned that our communities are fractured and unwelcoming. We’ve created this poster to address this concern and hope that you will consider displaying it here. All the information you need in this packet, including the website. Do with it what you will. Thanks for listening.” Notice that I don’t mention the name of our current president-elect. I’ve even stopped mentioning the election. People know what’s up.
- Keep it brief: Most of the people I’ve talked to get it right away. A couple were a little more out-of-the-loop and I had to do more explaining. In either case, your presentation should only take about one minute. Of course, if they want to talk more, feel free.
- Actually, you don’t have say much at all: You could just leave a packet and ask them to read the informational letter that’s already prepared and ready to go on this website.
- Follow up: Return to the place where you’ve dropped off the poster to see if the poster is up. If it is, thank whoever is around and ask permission to take a photo of the poster and share it on the website or Facebook page.
After you make the ask a few times, you’ll get a feel for a style of asking that works best for you. If you have any other tips to add, email us as allarewelcomeposter [at] gmail.com.