PROMOTING YOUR PROGRAM THROUGH PUBLIC SPEAKING
Designate a committee member to contact local organizations
(refer to the list in Preparing
for Your Workshop") and ask if you can make a brief
presentation promoting your upcoming program. If time allows,
arrange to show a video vignette or two so the audience will
see how they can benefit from the workshop or can recommend it
You may want to outline a 5-10 minute presentation as follows:
- State who you are and the name of the sponsoring organization;
then briefly mention the date, time and location of the upcoming
Active Parenting Now program.
- Summarize the specific topics covered in the program: effective
nonviolent discipline, teaching responsibility, logical consequences,
defusing power struggles, stimulating independence, smoking,
drugs, sexuality and violence, and the power of encouragement.
- Describe the benefits of the workshop
harmonious family life and children who are responsible, cooperative
and able to resist peer pressure.
- Describe the format of the program (six sessions; classes
contain video, discussion, activities; each begins with share
& tell and ends with a Family Enrichment activity, etc.)
- Conclude with a to actionby inviting parents
to register. Have flyers and registration forms available. Offer
to stay after the meeting to answer questions.
- Remember that your enthusiasm will be more important than
anything you actually say. Have a sign-up sheet available (name,
address, e-mail, phone number) for those who need to check on
dates or cannot sign up right then. Make sure to contact them
later in the week to follow up and answer questions. Encourage
audience members who do not have children or whose children are
grown to take a flyer and give it to a co-worker, neighbor or
friend who might benefit from the workshop.
Write a thank-you note to the person who arranged for your
presentation stressing their role in helping families in the
community become stronger and happier.