So you’re thinking about walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® this year. Fantastic! If you’re like most folks, you know that the Komen 3-Day will be an unforgettable experience, and you are eager to share that journey with people close to you. But convincing a friend or family member to register for the 3-Day® can sometimes be challenging. In a blog post last year, we shared “3 Ways to Talk a Friend Into Walking With You,” and today we have a few more ideas to help you convince a reluctant buddy to join you for the experience of a lifetime.
Get in Their Face – No, not in an aggressive or threatening way, but if you are going to ask a friend to make the huge commitment of walking 60 miles and raising $2300, do her the courtesy of asking her face-to-face. Studies have shown that using a calm voice and making eye contact puts people at ease and makes them more open to suggestion. While you have your friend’s attention, tell her why the 3-Day is important to you and how much it would mean to you if she would join you. Then…
Stop Talking and Listen – You’ve made your plea, and in a perfect world, your friend will agree readily and you’ll both be registered before the day’s end! But there’s a good chance your friend will still have some concerns or hesitations. Let her tell them to you. Listen to all she has to say, and let her know she’s being heard. If you’ve had the same concerns, tell her that you empathize with her and offer advice for how you have dealt with the apprehension, but mostly, let her share. She may not be ready to make the decision right away, and that’s okay. Just knowing that you’re supportive of her feelings and concerns will make her feel closer to you and more likely to join you, knowing that that support is there.
Go Surfing! – Have a friend who is more visually stimulated? Between the 3-Day’s Facebook photo albums, Instagram feed, Pinterest boards, and YouTube channel, there is a nearly endless source of eye-catching inspiration to be found on the Internet. Grab your friend and park in front of a screen for 30 minutes or an hour and just explore! Chances are, by the time the hour has passed, you both will be so excited by the fun, entertaining and moving pictures and videos, you’ll be saying, “I want to do that too!”
Have you had a hesitant friend who was ultimately persuaded to do the 3-Day? Or maybe you WERE the reluctant friend! Tell us what convinced you!