Working up a sweat while door knocking with EDJ

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Dec 1, 2008 9:42 pm

I’m a pretty avid runner and do so for about an hour every single day.  I was thinking that with the amount of time I’ll spend on my feet door knocking with EDJ that I’ll probably burn more calories per day doing that than I do running 6 miles per day right now. Have any of you EDJ vets lost some serious weight as a result of door knocking? Sore feet without a doubt but what about the sweat you work up daily from some serious walking?

Dec 1, 2008 9:49 pm

You can git ta mo' homes without sore feet if ya use uh Segway

an don't make me pull mah gat!

Dec 1, 2008 10:28 pm

Hey -- I'm uh groupie now !!!!
Ya'll is mad stupid.

Dec 2, 2008 9:18 am

Yet another benefit to door knocking - weight loss.

 
I still believe that trailor parks are the most efficient.  The homes are very close to each other.  Apartments can be good - except you will typically have to climb stairs.
 
Dec 2, 2008 12:27 pm

trailor parks...nice

Dec 2, 2008 1:04 pm

Even if you run regularly, you'll still lose some weight.


I run 4 miles, 4-5 days a week, and I lost weight during my door-knocking days. (Actually, my door-knocking days shouldn't have ended, but I just can't convince myself to endure that torture again.)
Dec 2, 2008 1:54 pm

Yeah, I agree. It definitely worked to get activity going and start the book rolling.  But it was torturous (sp?).  I am glad I will never have to do that again.

 
However, had I know then what I know now, I would have been MUCH better at it, and probably captured MANY more clients from that process.
 
It still amazes me that in this business (and not just at Jones), the people with the LEAST amount of skill, knowledge, and experience are the ones on the front lines trying to capture new business via cold walking, cold calling, etc.  It reminds me of my last career, where the best salespeople were routinely promoted to management, where they proceeded to be useless, as their skills were no longer as valuable, and then they proceeded to hire.......young, untrained, unskilled sales people to sell for the firm.  Makes so much sense.
Dec 2, 2008 2:29 pm

Another nice thing about trailor parks would be the turn over in new occupants every month. You could stay at the same park and build a book at Jones in fact you should find a trailor and open your office in the park!  

Just think you might start a new office trend at Jones going from strip malls to trailor parks!
   
Dec 2, 2008 3:16 pm

I didn't lose that much weight, but I did put a hole in both my black and brown shoes.

Dec 2, 2008 3:26 pm
Greenbacks:

Another nice thing about trailor parks would be the turn over in new occupants every month. You could stay at the same park and build a book at Jones in fact you should find a trailor and open your office in the park!  

Just think you might start a new office trend at Jones going from strip malls to trailor parks!
   
 
If it's my trailer park (see Toys thread) I'm posting a no soliciting sign to keep out all those pesky new Jones FAs.  And I'll call the cops anytime one of them puts a foot on my property. 
 
Ah, the joys of doorknocking.  Dog bites, sweat stained shirts and coats, worn out shoes, tendonitis of the index finger from all those doorbells...I remember them well.  Wait a minute.  That was just last week. 
Dec 2, 2008 3:33 pm

Spiff, don't forget to put a clause on that No Soliciting sign for our Mobile Meth biz.

Dec 2, 2008 3:49 pm

what about door knocking in business parks? thats where i would go

Dec 2, 2008 4:41 pm

Knocking in business parks?  You mean handing out dry cleaning, or pizza coupons to families when they open the door?

Dec 2, 2008 7:59 pm

Most of the weight loss in the first couple of years doesn't come from door knocking.  It is from a lack of money to purchase food.  My lunch every day was 2 hotdogs from that metal spinning rack in the convenience store.   Ahhhh.  The good ole days.  If I was on Survivor I could eat a dozen raw fertilized duck eggs rolled in the dirt.  Give me a convenience store hotdog to eat and I am on the jury.

Dec 7, 2008 12:00 am

Is it really worth it to practically starve the first couple of years?

Dec 7, 2008 9:54 am
Greenbacks:

Another nice thing about trailor parks would be the turn over in new occupants every month. You could stay at the same park and build a book at Jones in fact you should find a trailor and open your office in the park!  

Just think you might start a new office trend at Jones going from strip malls to trailor parks!
   


Like targeting Trailer Park Rollovers!

Dec 7, 2008 12:25 pm
RickRoss:

Is it really worth it to practically starve the first couple of years?

 
Not if you already have a family, you are the sole provider and you don't have a decent cash reserve already set aside.  That is just disaster waiting to happen.  There'll be the occasional Chris Gardner but the numbers say that there is a bigger percentage of people with down syndrome in America than the percentage of financial advisors that make it past the first couple of years. 
Dec 7, 2008 1:18 pm

It's pretty much in line with the % of new American small businesses that survive after 3 years. After all, that's what it is - it's a small business you are starting. Might as well be a restaurant or a convenience store. Not everyone is cut out to run a business.

Dec 7, 2008 5:11 pm

What about REALLY cold walking?

 
I live in the Philly area and it's starting to get very cold.  Does the fact that I'm out there in 20-30 degree weather make me look like a maniac? desperate? motivated?  Or, does the weather have no effect on what people think?
 
A few people have commented on how cold it is to be out going door-to-door, but I don't know if a lot don't say anything and are thinking, "I'm not giving my money to someone goofy enough to walk around in this weather."
 
 
Dec 7, 2008 6:38 pm
Boone:

What about REALLY cold walking?

 
I live in the Philly area and it's starting to get very cold.  Does the fact that I'm out there in 20-30 degree weather make me look like a maniac? desperate? motivated?  Or, does the weather have no effect on what people think?
 
A few people have commented on how cold it is to be out going door-to-door, but I don't know if a lot don't say anything and are thinking, "I'm not giving my money to someone goofy enough to walk around in this weather."
 
 



I've doorknocked in the winter. It's warm in the office, but there are no prospects in the office. .... You're out there looking for people, being tough enough to do the job. That should give you a good feeling.