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If you're telling your story

  • to change minds
  • to influence policy
  • to raise awareness
  • to save lives
  • to touch hearts
  • to make a difference
Living Proof is Your Guide
  • "If we're going to make change, we're going to have to tell our stories and tell them effectively. This book shows us how."

    Paul Loeb
    Author, Soul of a Citizen

  • "As authentic as an advocate's story may be ...it can always be improved in style and delivery; that's the mission of this exceptional instructional guide ... Smart, well-delivered and timely advice to help advocates and spokespersons tell the most effective stories."

    Kirkus Reviews

  • "Everyone's talking about the power of stories these days but we need more resources to help advocates, activists and nonprofit communicators find their own voices, get heard and win real change. Living Proof is a sourcebook for trainers and advocates alike that fills that need. It's full of hands-on exercises, good ideas and useful suggestions."

    Gordon Mayer
    National People's Action

  • "The principles of rhetoric are translated here into contemporary language to make them accessible to anyone who wants to persuade through storytelling. This book provides instructions, examples, and exercises to make your stories come alive. A superb guide."

    Dr. Sonja K. Foss
    University of Colorado Denver,
    Author, Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric

  • "Stories have the power to bind us together, to bridge our differences, to build community. Sometimes the difference between hope and despair is a well-crafted story delivered with passion and focus. Now more than ever, our world needs ordinary people to become master storytellers. This book shows you how."

    Eboo Patel
    Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core and Author, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

  • "We understand the world through stories. This book will help you understand why that is and how to take advantage of them to make the planet a better place."

    Bill McKibben
    Founder, 350.org

  • "I have never read a more practical guide to advocacy. This book should be on every library director, trustee and advocate's desk for easy reference. I have already used some tips from the book during a press interaction. With the American Library Association's linking of library advocacy to the phrase 'telling our stories,' there's a natural fit between the content of this clearly written and useful book and the work of library advocates."

    Michael Colford
    Director of Library Services, Boston Public Library

Living Proof is the first guide to using your personal story to advocate for your cause or organization. This easy-to-use handbook gives you everything you need to

  • decide what to tell
  • deliver your story effectively and authentically
  • give powerful presentations and great media interviews

Living Proof is for

  • the mom addressing the school board
  • the executive director talking to funders
  • the advocate appearing on local radio
  • the national spokesperson interviewed via webcam
  • the millions who stand up and speak out every day

Authored by two expert communication trainers, Living Proof contains examples, tools, exercises and worksheets to help prepare speakers at all levels. You can work through the book in a weekend, a week, with a course of study or flip to sections for immediate help.

Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your communication skills to the next level, Living Proof provides the grounding, the confidence and guidance needed to advocate with the power of a well-told personal story.

ISBN 978-0-9838703-4-0
6x9 paperback, 286 pp.