Many of us have been through a lot in our journey with congenital heart defects. I have often heard, “I could write a book.” However, most of the time, when we are asked to tell our story, we cannot give that much information. We have to find a way to get our message across in a limited amount of time.
Whether writing an email, making a phone call, doing a radio or television interview or meeting your legislator face‐to‐face, your story is the most powerful tool you have. It is important to develop this story to have maximum impact.
There are three key components to the story‐‐the introduction, key message, then your request or “ask.” Each time you are given an opportunity to tell your story, you may need to tell it a little differently. First, introduce yourself to the audience. Then, begin with the “ask”—what do I want my listener to do when I am done? Then move to the key message, selecting pieces of your story that add power to the ask. At the end, you want to be sure to give contact information for your group.
The following tips should be considered as you work on your story:
If you have questions or would like to share your story with MLH for future awareness and advocacy
activities, please email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 370‐3739.