In this article, we provide tips on sharing your story. These tips were based on Sharing a Family’s Story: A Tool for Family Advocacy by Iowa State University Extension to Families. This article also available in Spanish on our website>> Families have an important role in sharing information and first-hand experiences with policymakers to help them understand the reality and complexity of situations that families face. Stories are powerful. Your story is powerful. How do you tell your story effectively? Remember you are speaking because you are a parent. Your family experiences are valuable. • Think about what you will say in your presentation. Organize your ideas. • Identify two or three main points you want the audience to learn. • When you begin, briefly explain what your story will be about— “I am going to share the special joys my children bring and what I want for their future, as well as the difficulties I have had trying to get support and services for
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