By Clarissa Luluquisin, Central Campus Coordinator
As NCLN’s Central Campus Coordinator, my job involves getting my boots on the ground (specifically winter ones in this weather). I trek to campuses across the province to train and assist pro-life students in their outreach, and my favourite project to help with is the club information table.
What can be better than engaging with a person one-on-one, hearing their thoughts on abortion and responding to their concerns, and thanking them for taking a moment to speak to you?
Can you tell that I’m an extrovert?
Although events like debates and movie screenings can be very impactful, the information table marks the start of many personal relationships of the pro-life club’s members with soon-to be club members, as well as engaging with students who are not informed about abortion. It is pro-life activism and recruitment – all packaged into one easy event!
How you begin these relationships matter, and in maintaining these relationships, your club has a greater opportunity to grow. And the more it grows, the more people there will be working alongside you to spread the pro-life message. This engagement is all the more important with lives on the line.
Check out our information guide on tabling here, and also find my 5 suggestions:
1. Create an eye-catching display board with a variety of resources on the table.
Make an event out of it with your Exec too – no need to do this all on your own. And if you’re short on resources, contact your local campus coordinator and you’ll be sent a bunch for free. Don’t forget to print out a sign-up sheet too!
2. Start all conversations with a kind smile.
People want to talk to people who are friendly and approachable, and this is harder to do on some days, with all that you have on your plate.
Think of laughing babies and joyful mothers if you need some motivation! 🙂
3. Speak with compassion and conviction.
Asking someone how they feel about abortion can bring up a lot of different emotions in a person. Whether it be anger, sadness, or indifference, listen attentively, tell stories, and ask good questions. Agree with them where you can, and explain with clarity where you cannot. Illustrate your points well and schedule an apologetics trainings for your club members every once in a while to refresh yourself.
4. Follow up personally with the people who have signed up for your email list and invite them to the next meeting or club event.
This cannot be emphasized enough. A day or two after your table, send a personal email to the student you spoke with, thank them for taking the time to chat with you, and invite them to your next meeting. If you got along really well, why not suggest meeting up for coffee to tackle a bit further that interesting point they brought up?
5. Debrief with your club members.
Whether in between conversations, or soon after a day of tabling is done, debriefing about your conversations is so essential. How else are you ever going to get better and spread the message as effectively as possible? If you didn’t like how you said something, think about it some more, and come up with ways with your fellow club members you would have liked to say it instead.
Ready? Set? GROW!
Have any stories about tabling on your campus? Send us an email!