HC Expo Storytelling Interview Overview

An interactive problem-solving meeting where you will focus the stories you need to tell.

In this session, you will turn ideas into stories you can use

Knowing and telling stories of impact is more than writing articles.

A story of impact can change people’s minds even if the story is never published.

Program leaders can tell stories of impact in conversations, in partner presentations, during fundraising, during community events and at conferences.

People outside Special Olympics need to know of the powerful work being done in health. Simply talking about events held, athletes screened, health professionals trained doesn’t show impact.

Hands-on practice identifying and working with true community impact is vital. That’s what you’ll get from this session.

This will be hands-on training, so be ready to think and work

What to Expect

  • During the interview, Will will guide discussion to shape story ideas into stories that show strong effects caused by Special Olympics that are meaningful and important to people in your community.
  • This interview will involve your active participation. Each person in the meeting will take part by answering and asking questions and sharing thoughts and opinions.
  • You will make decisions about your story with Will’s coaching and advice to guide you.
  • Expect questions that challenge your assumptions about what is impact.
  • Expect suggestions that improve your stories and their power to show the effect of the work you have done.

How to Prepare

  • Review the story notes that will be sent to you. Prepare questions based on the analysis that Will has done.
  • Use the Healthy Communities Storytelling Worksheet so you can align your stories with the questions and factors Will presented in training. Please use it to start preparing an outline of potential stories.
    Download the worksheet from Dropbox
  • Review the two videos below to see how to categorize things as Resources, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact. It’s important that every one who is in the interview sees those before attending.

You will leave the session with outlines and worksheets filled out and ready to use

VIDEO: Internal Cycles, Internal Impact

This video is a quick overview of how to identify the things Programs do that have strong internal impact but which do not have direct community impact.

VIDEO: Sorting Resources, Activities, Outputs, Outcomes and Impact

This video shows examples of sorting things Programs do into the right columns. Please maximize this video to read the text on the tiles easily.