What do you listen to while leafletting?

Today Liberal Democrat campaigners will have been out doing what they do most weeks – getting out and about on the doorsteps or with the leaflets. By now, I expect they’ll be thawing out with a nice cup of tea.

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Smartphone or iPod and headphones are as common a part of  leafletters’ attire these days as the cloth bag with the bird on it and the spatula to help negotiate stubborn letterboxes with dogs on the other side of them.

I wondered what you choose as the soundtrack to your delivery round? Some people like some rousing music, others choose worthy podcasts that they wouldn’t otherwise have time to listen to. I tend to avoid the music as the temptation to sing along would be too great and the voters would think I was a bit weird. Anyway, I’m not sure my version of Defying Gravity is as good as Idina Menzel’s.

What do you listen to and why?

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • I suggest listening to the ordinary people that you bump into whllst walking up to their door.

    Who knows some of them might then vote Liberal Democrat as a result!

    I know this all sounds very old fashioned and probably does not fit in with the “air war”, Brand Clegg and expertise iin NationBuilder; it probably would have a dozen SpAds scratching their heads in wonderment. Whoever won an election by listening to the voters?

  • I definitely agree with John about talking with and listening to the people you meet while delivering, but in my experience (usually not tripping over them at every other house) that’s much easier while wearing earphones than he thinks 🙂 A quick cheery greeting and, if they respond, just hit pause and / or pull the earphones out. Had a very entertaining conversation once with a pre-school boy waiting with his mum at a bus stop who wanted to tell me all about his new toy and a party. Mum was convinced her little chatterbox son was wasting my time and annoying me, but he was fun!

    As for listening matter – usually Radio 4 podcasts, especially In Our Time, More Or Less or The Bottom Line. If I want something more lively after that I’ll just stick on a (very varied) general music playlist as a rule. The major problem with that for me isn’t singing though – I used to play in and teach marching bands, so the instinct to walk along in time with the music is quite strong. Not always helpful when delivering…!

  • @JohnTilley
    “I suggest listening to the ordinary people that you bump into whllst walking up to their door.”

    There was a tory councillor in our area who always delivered with a copy of the electoral register tucked into his bag and any useful snippets of information were marked directly onto his register.

  • Greg Webb 17th Jan ’15 – 4:35pm

    I grew up to the sound of marching bands (my Dad had been an RSM). My parents liked nothing better than listening to military bands. So stored away at the back of my memory are hundreds of arrangements of well known music adapted to the special needs of marching. I always felt at home on CND marches when the Musicians Union provided a band.

    When I first started commuting to work they used to play martial music in the morning over the Tannoy at Waterloo Station. Thousands of commuters were getting off trains and marching along the concourse in step to the music.

    I am not sure that I could adapt this to delivering door to door.

    Does nobody listen to birdsong etc when walking nowadays,?
    Or even listen out for the boy on the bicycle who might ride into you by mistake as dashes along the pavement hoping to be in time to sell his latest batch of drugs?

  • I never go leafleting on my own since the incident where the BNP supporter set his dog on me, so I tend to be doing one side of a street while someone does the other, and we talk to each other.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 17th Jan '15 - 6:47pm

    I like to chat to people when I’m delivering too, but on a dark night when nobody’s around and it’s cold and yucky, something to listen to can be good.

    Jennie, what a nightmare. How did you get away? Mind you, knowing you, you probably had the dog charmed in seconds.

  • John – glad to give you happy memories of bands! Listening to birdsong is good, but a) I like a bit of variety if I’m doing more than an individual round (hate to think what the daily record is but in the week before the polls I’ve done some fairly silly numbers before) and b) I’m usually delivering pretty urban rounds, so I’d struggle to hear the few birds present over the traffic.

    As for the boy on his bicycle – us young’uns 😉 have been wandering round with headphones in for over half our lives, we’re well used to looking out for these things.

  • Tony Dawson 17th Jan '15 - 7:08pm

    I can see from that picture that another career beckons for Jo Swinson. 🙂

  • Stephen Hesketh 17th Jan '15 - 8:20pm

    What do you listen to while leafletting?

    Usually my wife 🙂

  • Jayne Mansfield 17th Jan '15 - 8:33pm

    @ Jennie,
    A GP friend of mine always carried Bonios in her pocket when doing home visits.

  • Peter Andrews 17th Jan '15 - 11:11pm

    I have delivered thousands and thousands of leaflets over the years never even considered listening to anything whilst doing so. I actually quite like the time to think and often come back from delivering with a much clearer head and sometimes have remembered a few things I had meant to do but had forgotten about.

  • Never listened to anything other than the noises of the street and the voters in all my years of delivering. That’s more than enough to keep me interested and focused (pardon the pun); can’t understand people who listen to music etc while delivering

  • I listen to my dog (who rarely barks) and always accompanies me. Creates a brilliant environment for conversation – except for the 10% who hate dogs.

  • All about podcasts when out delivering in Sheffield 🙂

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