Setting up an information table in a public place is a simple and relatively easy outreach activity.
Prior to the tabling
- Choose a location. Once you have chosen a location, you should check with local authorities to learn whether or not permits are required for the event you planned.
- Spread the word! Create a Facebook event page, post your event on other social media outlets and blogs, ask IDA to sent out an activist alert, tell your friends.
- Remind your fellow activists to dress nicely for the tabling.
- Gather a good quantity of leaflets, if necessary order more.
- Create or obtain talking points about your topic. Make sure all of the activists participating in your event are well-versed on your chosen topic.
Items you will need
- Sturdy, portable table with folding legs
- Clean, unwrinkled table covering – paper or cloth
- Lots of leaflets
- Paperweights (if your event is outdoors)
- Sign telling people the name of your group or event
- Posters relating to your issue
- Sign-up sheet (to boost your groups’ numbers)
- Petition of some kind to help people get involved
- Donation jar (an easy way to raise money for your future activities – start it off with a dollar bill)
At the tabling
- Make sure your table is well-organized and inviting.
- Don’t put out literature on too many different issues, it can be confusing and overwhelming.
- Have a good quantity of each leaflet out so that people are not fearful of taking your last one.
- Be polite and professional at all times.
- Make sure you leave the location as you found it or better.