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Community Presentations 101

Community Presentations 101Hosting a community presentation to help the National Stroke Association spread awareness about stroke can be rewarding. We truly appreciate your support and want to ensure an easy and enjoyable experience for you. Follow these simple steps to ensure your success.

  1. Pick a partner. Hosting a presentation can be much easier if you have the support of others in your community. Connect with a Stroke Center Network (SCN) member in your area. Another great option is connecting with a stroke support group in your area. These potential partners will already have an interest in stroke awareness, so the relationship you establish with them will benefit everyone.
  2. Determine your event date and location. Once you decide on this information, you can begin to contact friends and family to encourage their participation. If you choose to have a partner to help with the presentation, perhaps they can provide the location. Other ideas for locations include hospitals, churches, health centers, senior centers, clinics, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and various other organizations in your community.
  3. Register your event with the National Stroke Association. When you register your event, it will be placed on our community events calendar for the public to view.
  4. Market your event. Think of everyone in your personal and professional network and let them know about your upcoming event. Reach out to stroke support groups and promote your event with your partners and throughout the community. Create a poster or email containing information about your event, including date, time, location, topic, and speaker information. Do you have connections with local newspapers, TV, or radio? Ask to have your event featured. When marketing your event, it is always a good idea to share your personal stroke story.
  5. Plan the presentation. If you have a personal story about stroke, whether you are a stroke survivor, family member, or caregiver, or if you simply believe that raising awareness about stroke is important, share your story. If you are not sure where to begin your presentation, visit the Resource Library for a helpful PowerPoint presentation called Explaining Stroke 101. Use it to strengthen your knowledge about stroke, share its facts in your presentation, or present it along with your story.
  6. Gather resources. You may also want to hand out stroke awareness materials during your presentation. Visit the Stroke Awareness Resource Center for more awareness tools and resources. Our fact sheets and brochures are downloadable at no charge. You may also order materials in bulk.
  7. Share the results. We would love to hear how your community presentation turned out. How many people did you reach? Did you find the materials on our website helpful? Please share your information with us.
  8. Thank your partners and those in attendance. At the end of your presentation, take time to thank everyone for attending. Also, make time to personally thank your partners and anyone else who helped you put the event together. It shows that you appreciate their time and support, and it will strengthen the relationship.

Keep in mind that each community is different. Think of your community’s needs when planning a presentation.

Feel free to contact Anna Taylor, Director of Programs, at presentations@stroke.org with questions.

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