What would you say if you had two minutes with your legislator in line at the grocery store? Or if a friend asked you to explain why you're an MS activist?
Your personal story is the most compelling and powerful tool you have. Learning to tell your story in less than two minutes is a challenging but important skill. Your position will be much more powerful if you keep it succinct and to the point.
Follow the steps below to create a quick speech that you can use in any situation to educate and engage people.
1. Paint a picture
Whether you live with the disease, are a care partner, work with someone with MS or are passionate about the rights of people living with disabilities, you have a powerful connection. Consider the following questions as you paint your picture. This part of your story should be 30- 45 seconds long.
- What is your relationship to MS?
- How long have you been affected by the disease?
- What is something that changed for you since you have been affected by MS?
2. What are the issues that affect you?
This is where it is helpful to know your issues. We can help you with key messages. This should be about 30 seconds long.
- How do the issues affect you?
- What change do you hope to see?
3. Tie it all together
In a summary statement, re-iterate how MS affects you and how you believe changes can be made to improve the lives of people living with the disease. Keep this to two or three sentences.
- How will this change benefit you and your family?
- What can the listener do to help you?
The more you tell your story out loud, the easier it will become and more compelling you will sound. Practice in front of your spouse, your dog, your mirror or even while in the car. And don't forget to time yourself! Next time you have less than two minutes to explain your involvement in MS activism you will be prepared!