Sharing Your Story
Story telling is an important advice tool. Here are some tips to help you create yours. Once you have it written you can use and reuse it to put you personal stamp on advocacy asks.
Keep it short, a 150 to 300-word personal story is great. Tell the reader who you are and how diabetes came into, and has an impact on, your life.
Personal stories are far more memorable than statistics. They connect at an easily understandable human level. Watch any political speech, they are full of stories to make policy points.
We can do the same.
Use plain language. Avoid jargon and abbreviations, tell you story like you are talking with a sympathetic friend over coffee.
Speak from the heart, and to it, your passion should be in the story, up close and personal.
Talk about success, make your story be the uplifting example of how things can be better.
Be concise. Use details from your success to connect passion and policy.
Quality of life over numbers. We want to hear about you and your life. If you use statistics, make sure they are accurate and relevant to your personal story.
If possible, craft a way for policy makers to be a hero by demonstrating to them how their actions help you stay healthy and successful.
Online safety. Be responsible in your story telling. You should be comfortable with what you share and that many will see it online. We would like to use you first name and hometown but not you full name address or details such as specific insulin doses carb ratios of correction factors. We love to hear of people working with their care team to succeed. For parents – your child’s online privacy is important, we would prefer you not use their name, their first initial is enough, my son A. or my daughter B.