How to knock on a door (when you are a stranger)
If you want to knock on someone else’s door and they don’t know you, there are some details that you
should be aware of. If someone comes to the door and maybe opens it, be sure that you take a step back
after ringing so they can see you through the peephole. You will have more possibilities to get in if you
respect the private space, so try to stand a bit away from the door or the person inside will feel invaded.
Look directly to the peephole, people find this as a sign of honesty. It is very important to show your
hands from the very beginning, if you hide them behind your back or you have them in your pockets, the
person at the other side of the door probably won´t open it or if they do, they may be very sceptical.
However, if they open the door, you should be at a safe distance from them to make them feel secure and
show your hands all the time.
You know a lot of things from a person just by the way he or she opens the door for you. From 600
hundred doors I knocked in a month just the half of them opened the door. The ones who did, some
made it slowly and showed a part of their head from behind the door. The normal reaction is to open it a
little bit and ask why are you there. I normally introduce myself and explain my project respecting the
distance, trying to make them feel comfortable with my presence. Suddenly, when they understand that
I’m not a Jehova Witness or a weird character they start feeling more confident and they proceed to open
the door a bit more and more, until they show themselves entirely. If you can get to see a person from
the head to toe, that will probably mean that they will let you in.
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