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July/August 2024Vol. 25, No. 6Video Tutorial Helps Viewers Practice Storytelling

A video tutorial from FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention provides guidance to help individuals practice storytelling techniques. Specifically, it is designed to help parent leaders, state leaders, and practitioners craft a story about their role in prevention work that they can use when communicating with funders, legislators, and others. It can be especially helpful for individuals with lived experience who have become advocates and leaders in the child welfare sphere.

"Storytelling: A Guide to Support You in Finding Your Voice, Your Value, and Your Story" features an instructor who walks viewers through guided and self-paced exercises designed to help them convey the passion and motivation behind their work. Users are invited to participate in brainstorming sessions, with built-in pauses, to think through what makes their story unique, what they want people to take away from their story, and what drives the work they do. The instructor also provides exercises to help viewers practice storytelling techniques, such as eliminating filler words like "umm" and limiting their monologue to 3 minutes.  

The tutorial is available on the FRIENDS website.