The “No Call List” is a joke regarding enforcement. And usually the phone call is the one you hear from the most, rather than the door solicitor.
First, realize that you don’t have to give them your attention, without interruption, or you will hurt their feelings. These people are out to get something from you. Your time is just as valuable.
When you open the door or pick up the phone you will know immediately that this isn’t someone you care to deal with. At that time and immediately, say, “I don’t give money and I don’t buy anything. And I’m letting you know that if this is the reason I will immediately hang up the phone (in the case of a phone call).”
What I have found is that the person on the phone will not say anything else and hang up, or acknowledge your stance and say goodbye. And if they should continue on, just hang up. You have given them fair warning (doesn’t usually go this far). I also have noticed the phone calls are getting less. Either there are not that many phone banks calling or I’m getting taken off the list by them.
The door-to-door solicitor (rarity) usually thanks me and leaves.
Side note: If little Johnny or Susie wants to sell cookies, etc., I do have a soft spot for them.
Tom Kirchner, Carmel