allstaractivist note: Funny story. Yesterday I had a CT scan ordered by my ENT here at Doctor’s Hospital in San Pablo, California. Since Gang Stalkers heavily recruit medical personnel to wrangle poisoned TI’s, I expected to encounter some stalkers. Lab Techs, LVN’s, Doctors, Nurses, administrators, etc. Anyway, after I’m done with the CT scan, I figure that I’ll run through the hospital handing out cards before I leave. I get on the elevator and go to the fourth floor. When I step out I can see this is one of the floors in transition from the shutdown and there are no patients there. I see only suits and scrubs, no white uniforms. Everyone looks at me all at once, probably expecting someone they know. I quickly get back on the elevator going down and two men in scrubs get on with me. I see my chance. “Have you guys ever heard of a thing called Gang Stalking?” I ask. The unmasked tech immediately says “Yeah, that’s where I send people to harass my ex wife.” I burst out laughing and then proceeded to clumsily go through the rest of my pitch, now totally thrown off but amused. The masked tech is just glaring at me viciously but they are both at rapt attention and listening to me every word. When I finish my pitch, the tech that made the first crack starts to get off and leans in close to my face with a mischievous grin. He then emphatically says, “Well, I’ll take a look at your blog and then I’ll send them to come look you up!” with a wry grin on his face. I cracked up.
That’s what is so fun about talking to people about real stuff like this, you never know what you’re going to get.
For the intrepid, life is an adventure! 🙂
For about the past month I’ve made it a point to hand out at least two business cards with my blog address on them, every time I go out. For the most part, reception has been positive. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether the person that I gave the card to actually visited my blog or not but I must say, stats do seem to be rising.
When I approach a person, I try to figure out which post on my blog might interest them. Most of the time my guesses have been fairly accurate however, I’m observing something interesting that I never would have suspected. You see, I think the graphics on my business card are pretty ugly. In making the design, I thought it best to make the card look like the blog as much as possible. Aesthetics were secondary. Much to my surprise, the complexity of the design with all it’s strange little images, kind of hypnotizes the person that I give it to. The person stands there mesmerized, intensely looking at the card trying to figure out what it all means! In that space of time I get the chance to talk to them and give my pitch. I never would have figured the design that I consider ugly would have that effect. I have learned that if I talk softly and gently, by the time they look up from the card I have their full and pliant attention.
I’ve also found it effective to ask them a couple of questions like “did you know this…?” or “have you heard of so and so…?”. Making a joke or laughing at one of their’s (and I’ve encountered a few quick wits out there) is the most effective. The only people that I’ve had refuse my card in over 50 handed out so far, are medical personnel. If the person seems really interested and strikes up a conversation, I’ll give them a couple of more cards to give to others.
I’m thinking about printing some pamphlets on two or three different subjects to accompany the cards to be handed out in front of stores or where people are congregated. I’ve even considered including some sort of small gift, like a keychain or something. When times were better, I used to find all sorts small items discarded by stores as surplus but alas, the economy is in decline now. I plan to devote entire days to just handing out cards and talking to people. One thing I won’t do is place cards under people’s windshield wipers, I’m only going to distribute by presenting to an actual person. I think it has a far greater effect.