So you’re an Ambassador.
This online database will give you all the resources you need to be able to learn and function in the role of a Partners in+care ambassador. This document acts as a guide to allow you to easily sift through and find the specific information compiled by qualified and knowledgeable peers that you are looking for.
What is an Ambassador?
- Ambassador Overview – This document gives a general overview of the role of an ambassador in an organization. Link to the Ambassador Overview.
- Tips on being an Effective Ambassador – General tips on being an effective ambassador from business zone. Note that what they call a spokesperson is the same thing as what we are calling an Ambassador. Links to tips on being an effective ambassador.
Face-to-face Interactions as an Ambassador
- Tips for Telling Effective Personal Stories – Stories that have been around for years, stories we have created, and personal stories. Personal stories are becoming more popular today and are being included in storytellers’ repertoires more frequently as time passes. Even if you are not planning to tell stories professionally, you will realize that there are many benefits that accompany the telling of a personal story. When someone knows our story, they can’t help but like us — and vice versa. This piece was written by a famous story-teller named Chris King who has made a career of telling her personal story and getting others to open up with their own personal stories. Her advice is a great place to start in your own storytelling. Link to Tips for Telling Effective Personal Stories.
- Sample Narratives for making talking points as an Ambassador – This sample narrative form gives talking points around the end+disparities Learning Exchange, the National Quality Center, retention in care, viral suppression and the HIV care continuum, among others. Link to Sample Narratives.
- 5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators – Tips on how to communicate effectively in a business setting. Link to Forbes Tips for Effective Communicators.
Print Media and the Ambassador Role
Explore tips to write effective testimonials, along with sample personal narratives and venues to publish them. Link to Print Media Tips.
- Virtual Media Overview:
- Op-Eds – Writing op-eds (‘opposite the editorial page’) and blogs can prove a powerful way to create space for your voice on the internet and to share your story with a large audience in a format that is easy to communicate. Numerous online blogs and advocacy groups provide forums for submitting work, listed below. Op-eds are generally posted in pre-existing online or print publications, or on the blogs of established news outlets. In contrast to these more institutionalized forums, creating your own blog gives you control over all content and the ability to skip over submission processes.
- Places to Post Op-Eds
- Advocate.com – This blog is focused mainly on the LGBT community. Op-eds should be around 800 words and will go through a round or two of revisions if accepted by the editors. Link to the submissions page for the Advocate. They have a separate page for people living with HIV/AIDS, but the submissions are filtered through the same editorial staff and have the same guidelines. Link to Heremedia guidelines for HIV/AIDS posting.
- Poz.com – To be considered as a blogger, you must submit a 250-500 word statement describing yourself, your work in the HIV community and what the focus of the blog will be. You must also send us three sample blog entries. Once the blog submission has been received, it will be reviewed by the editorial team. Bloggers must be willing to post regular content on their blog, ideally once a week. POZ Stories is another way you can share your stories and experiences. Link to the online submission form. Link to Poz.com stories.
- Huffington Post – Contact either the general email or get in touch with the editor of the ‘vertical’ (section) to which you want to submit your blog pitch (suggestions: Science, Impact, Healthy Living, or Gay Voices). Link to contact Huffington Post.
- a girl like me – This blog is for women of all ages living with HIV, as a way to share experiences and promote understanding. Link to A Girl Like Me.
- If you want to be a regular contributor or submit a single post for the Well Project follow this link.
- Local Newspapers – Most local newspapers have op-ed sections or online blogs. Look on their website or give them a call to find out how to submit.
- What does an op-ed about retention or viral suppression look like? What exactly should you blog about? Here are a few different topics around which you can generate content for your blog. A few example posts are listed under each to give an idea of the wide range of topics this could cover.
- Personal Stories of being in+care
- Social Trends, Sub-Populations, & Stigma
- New Studies & Developments in Prevention & Treatment
- HIV Activism & History
- Some Advice on How to Write an Op-Ed:
Link to the Advocates for Youth Guide on Writing an Op-Ed.
Link to the New York Times Guide on Writing an Op-Ed.
- Places to Post Op-Eds
- Creating Your Own Blog
- Hosting Platforms:
- Confused about which platform to use? Check out this guide to different platforms to help your choose the platform that will best match your blogging needs and preferences. Link to the platforms guide.
- Need tips on how to create content and run a blog? Link to tips!
- What does a blog by a positive person look like?
- Using Social Media: Facebook
- How do I use Facebook for advocacy?
- What does an HIV positive spokesperson’s Facebook page look like?
- Using Social Media: Twitter
- How do I effectively use Twitter?
- What does an HIV positive person’s Twitter look like?
- Need to shorten a URL?
Create a shortened URL which can fit more easily into the body of a tweet. Link to tinyurl for more information.
- Who should I follow?
An easy way to find people and organizations to follow on twitter is to use the search feature to find people or organizations with “HIV” or other key terms in their description. Looking at whom other HIV-positive community members follow can also be helpful. Below is a starter list to give an idea of the breadth of people and organizations that could be followed:
- HRSA (@HRSAgov)
- PEPFAR (@PEPFAR)
- POZ Magazine (@pozmagazine)
- AIDS.gov (@AIDSgov)
- Talk HIV (@talkHIV)
- CDC HIV/AIDS (@CDC_HIVAIDS)
- Planned Parenthood (@PPFAQ)
- Youth HIV & AIDS Day (@YouthAIDSDay)
- US HIV Caucus (@HIVCaucus)
- HIV = (@HIVequal)
- The Stigma Project (@Stigma_Project)
- NO/AIDS Task Force (@noaids)
- Survive A Plague (@SurviveAPlague)
- POZ Army (@pozarmy)
- The Sero Project (@TheSeroProject)
- Using Social Media: YouTube