Give a Talk
You can educate others in your community by telling groups about PH. It takes just a little time and preparation to reach many people.
- Lions Club
- Chamber of Commerce
- Knights of Columbus
- Community center
- Church, mosque or synagogue
- Summer fair
- School meeting or parent's night
- Anyone else you can think of…
1. Find your audience
You can approach a variety of audiences in your community. Find out where people meet! From your local church or synagogue, or other community groups, clubs and organizations, you can educate a population of neighbors who have never heard about PH. You can search for local groups online or look them up in your yellow pages. Talk to the leaders or administrators of these groups and see if you can give a talk at their meetings. Some will allow you 5 minutes and others will give you more time to talk.
2. Prepare your presentation
You may know what you want to say, but you have to write it down and time yourself! Depending upon the amount of time you receive for your talk, you can include a question and answer portion, screen a part of PHA's educational DVDs, and give more details on how people can get involved.
3. Contact PHA to request materials
If you chose to screen an educational DVD or distribute literature, you should request the materials from PHA at least three weeks in advance. Also ensure that a projector or any other equipment you need will be available from the group.
4. Tailor your message and consider fundraising
After hearing your story and speech, people may be compelled to offer support for the cause either through volunteering their time or donating money. Consider selling PHA's awareness ribbon pins, car magnets, and PHenomenal Hope wristbands to your audience to raise funds. Also, decide what you want your audience to do after your speech. Should they contact their elected officials to support the PH Research Act, or should they include an article in their newsletter to raise PH awareness? Sample concluding messages are available.
5. Tell PHA
Send a copy of your speech with a letter describing the date and event at which it was presented to PHA. Contact 301-565-3004 x753 or Awareness@PHAssociation.org.