Make eye contact, don’t only talk but listen.
Practice makes perfect and if you’re nervous than a mirror is a great place to start!
Don’t chase people, when you get someone that’s interested be welcoming, smile and make sure when that person walks away, they look like they just had a good lighthearted conversation. This will make you approachable and people will want to know what you have in your hands. If a person is isn’t interested, don’t press the issue and just say “thanks anyway” and move onto the next one.
The biggest thing is being friendly! There are some people who will be quite rude to you but you have to put it off and wait until your done to be angry about it if you must be angry at all. (They’re the ones missing out on better health, a longer life, better food and the happiness of knowing you’re not the reason animals suffer!)
I find it easier when I’m in a good mood and smiling. I don’t shove it in their face, I ask, for example, when I was protesting KFC, I’d wait for people to exit the store and I’d simply ask “Would you like to know more about the chicken you just ate?” 8/10 times they smiled back, took it and actually read it as they were walking away.
I’ve just got my first pack of leaflets I’m kind of nervous about actually approaching people, but I am currently planning on carrying a couple around everywhere I go and hope that an opportunity arises.