In-District Meeting Toolkit: Telling Your Story

The most important thing you can do during your meeting is to share your connection to brain tumors. Telling your story of how you are connected to brain tumors can be an emotional experience. A few tips for telling your story include:

  • Practice sharing your story before the meeting. For some, you may not be used telling it in a succinct way.
  • You may become emotional while telling your story and you might find it difficult. That is okay and acceptable.
  • You will not have time to share your whole story, so think about the parts that would be the most striking to someone hearing it for the first time. Is there a way the staff person or legislator could relate to parts of your story?
  • Read our policy issue briefs. Is there a way to relate your story to one of our asks? For example, would having better treatment options have changed the course of what happened, and if so, let them know that we need more research to discover new and better brain tumor treatments.
  • Practice sharing all of this in a short 3-5 minutes.

By following the tips above, you can have a productive meeting with your elected officials during this August recess.

If you’d like to hear more about why your story matters, click here to view a brief video we recorded as part of our Head to the Hill training this year.

Good luck!

Questions? Please contact your National Brain Tumor Society advocacy partners at And be sure to let us know how the meeting went!