Kevin Simowitz on Advocacy Storytelling:
Kevin Simowitz is the National Field Director at Caring Across Generations and an expert on advocacy storytelling. He has worked on political and grassroots organizing campaign across the country. Kevin was nice enough to answer six question about advocacy storytelling. Here are his thoughts on using advocacy to get your story out.
Storytelling For Nonprofits
Storytelling for nonprofits is more compelling than policy papers. Good nonprofit story telling uses your members or advocates personal stories to connect with a wider audience. A great way to increase engagement on your issue(s) is to use members’ and advocates’ stories. Members and advocates have the best stories. No matter what issue(s) your organization focuses on, members and those on the forefront of the issue embody the reason your organization does what it does. They speak to people in a way that a policy white paper cannot. Here are some tips for getting the most out of storytelling for nonprofits:
A Certain Amount of Nervousness and Vulnerability in Public Speaking Is a Good Thing
Can public speaking with vulnerability be a good thing? Every time I do any type of public speaking, I get nervous. When I was younger and I was nervous, I would stutter. Even today, I sometimes hear myself repeating a word as I get animated. Throughout my life, I work hard to conceal these flaws, but the reality is that it is a part of who I am. And I'm hardly alone. It’s a natural instinct to be nervous in public speaking and something that many of us can relate to. When I’m speaking, my nervousness and vulnerability is part of what makes me real and relatable.