By asking them a question that they do not know the answer to, you might as well have just asked them to kill a bear with a BB gun. They are gone, and it’s because you scared them off.
When I came to my first LP event, it wasn’t because I wanted to be asked questions, it's because I wanted to learn more about what these Libertarians were about. Now how do we get young people involved? The answer is actually pretty simple, don’t scare them away! I see people that are my age at Libertarian events all the time, but when they are swarmed and not just treated like another person in the group, they don’t come back. If we just stopped scaring them away, they would stick around!
We(people like me) just want to be a part of the group. I know that is not the answer you want to hear, but if you are honest, and you think about the number of young people who have shown up at your events, you will agree with me when I say that we have “a young person retention problem, not a young person outreach people.” When someone who you identify as “young” shows up to one of your events, do not smother them, let them just be another person in the group, and they will come back!
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."