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About Submitting to ALFConnect

ALFConnect is open to all senior fellows. It is easy to get your voice heard. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Complete the submission form located here (Web Form, PDF, or Word Document). The following information will be asked:
    • Name, ALF Class, Contact Information
    • What is the issue or topic for ALFConnect?
    • What are the main points you seek to make about the issue?
    • What additional information will you provide to support your issue or topic?
    • How can Senior Fellows become engaged?
    • What else do you need the ALFConnect Committee to know?
  2. The Editorial Committee will respond within 30 days. You may be asked to provide more information in order to proceed. If a project does not meet the criteria for submission, the Committee will work with you to address the identified gaps.
  3. When you are ready with the final product, submit to the ALFConnect Editorial Committee at alfconnect@alfo.org.

ALFConnect Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be consistent with and strengthen ALF’s Mission and adhere to the ALF Oregon Senior Fellows Covenant.

  • Any Senior Fellow who wants to engage with other Senior Fellows on a topic of interest is invited to submit their voice to ALFConnect.
  • For maximum impact, we encourage submissions that are fairly short. Any medium is welcome, with short videos being the most impactful. See next section for some ideas on what to submit.
  • You are asked to submit additional information (via web links or PDF files) for illustration and educational purposes.
  • Provide your viewers with specific ways they can take action, if they wish, on the issue presented.

Tips for Making Your Voice Heard

Although some evidence exists that the spoken word can have the most impact, what is most important is that it be easy for Senior Fellows to connect with each other. There are three key ways to get your voice heard: a video, a written statement, or a slideshow presentation.

Here are some tips for each one:

Video

Making a 2-5 minute video is generally quite easy. Cameras, smartphones, computers and tablets are readily available tools to complete the task. Things to remember:

  • Write out what you want to say.
  • Figure out how you want to visually represent your words, either by speaking directly to your viewers or by using other images (still, video, charts) to illustrate your remarks.
  • Think about where you want to be filmed. It should be somewhere quiet and comfortable.
  • If you are using a phone, iPad or camera, have someone film you or figure out some type of tripod arrangement. If you are using a webcam, it is easy enough to set up the webcam on your computer.
  • Speak your truth.
  • If you have the time or interest, add music or other visuals.
  • Send your video and additional information to the Editorial Committee at alfconnect@alfo.org. Video files can be transferred using www.wetransfer.com.

Written Statement

Things to remember:

  • Consider speaking in first person, using “I” to express your thoughts and beliefs.
  • 500-750 words is a good length. This is about one to one-and-a-half typed pages.
  • Have someone edit for grammar, clarity, and impact.
  • Read out loud to assess impact.
  • Stay personal and use the other sections to provide facts and figures.
  • Remember that storytelling is the most powerful tool.

Powerpoint or Presentation

Things to remember:

  • Use the 6-6-6 rule. Six ideas described in 6 words per idea with no more than 6 bullet points
  • Don’t repeat the title of the slide in body of the Powerpoint.
  • Consider adding visuals and pictures.
  • Be careful of fancy fonts and background. Sometimes less is more.
  • Have someone edit for grammar, clarity, and impact.

Additional Information to Submit

A big part of ALFConnect is to educate other senior fellows about what matters to you as a leader in Oregon. The "voice" segment (video, Powerpoint) is one element. Additional background will also be useful. Some ideas of what else you can post on the website include:

  • Any research, opinion pieces, or supporting information.
  • A list of organizations or people who are working on the issue in Oregon or nationally.
  • How to get involved with the project or cause.

All this information will be included part of your posting on the ALFConnect website.

More details can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions here.

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