Online meeting - Are You a Booth Captain or Polling Booth Helper?
As you know, there's a lot of passion around this referendum, and by being a representative for the Yes campaign at a polling booth you will likely encounter some voters or No campaigners who let you know their opinion. Generally they do this in a relatively respectful manner, but sometimes not so much and that can be tricky to cope with. We know that a lot of you will be confident due to prior experiences, but thanks to the huge numbers of supportive volunteers that this Referendum has raised, lots of booths will be Captained and staffed by Helpers who've never done HowToVote-ing before. These are passionate well-meaning Australians with big hearts putting themselves out there for Yes!
This session is hosted by a leadership psychologist with expertise in critical incident emotional regulation and psychological safety who has happily provided this session already in her Jagajaga area. Our people were really pleased with the clarity of message, the useful frameworks and the clear procedure for dealing effectively with conflicts at booths.
Some of the issues that will be covered are:
- Should I engage in conversation with No people who're also handing out?
- How do I respond to a First Nations No campaigner who wants me to listen?
- If a person is baiting me with intellectual arguments, what can I do?
- What if someone yells something abusive at me? How do I keep my cool?
- What if another Yes group is engaged in a conflict - do I step in?
- What if a Booth Helper is distressed during or after Polling Day from things that occurred?
- Should Area Captains be tracking incidents? How?
This webinar is a must-attend for anyone who wants answers to these and any other questions about risky interactions on Polling Day. You'll get straightforward methods for handling challenging interactions and a mental strategy and safety-net to keep yourself balanced.
We think you'll find handing out how to vote cards overwhelmingly positive; but knowing how to stay safe is part of sound risk planning. Potential Polling Booth conflicts are indicated and we all need to feel clear on what to do, and how to support booth Helpers if you're the Booth Captain. Just like having an OHS Fire plan, we'll know what to do - and cross our fingers we never need to implement it!
Upon registering, email back any specific questions you have. The meeting will have a Chat and questions will be collected in there too.
Runs from 7-8pm Melbourne time.