You don’t need to be a great speaker, but you do need to be convincing. Whether you are speaking to an elected official or in front of a group, remember that they are people too with families and constituents who look to them for leadership. Also remember that you are on an important mission, not just for the library, but for everyone who depends on it and could potentially benefit from library services.
Advocacy is about persuasion. To be successful, you need to touch hearts as well as minds. The best way to do that is to speak sincerely and with passion. Sharing your enthusiasm will spark theirs. Be prepared to deliver your key message and a call to action, e.g., “I urge you to approve this very important funding,” or, “Please tell your friends and neighbors that the library needs their support.”
Share real-life stories and testimonials that your audience can relate to.
Focus on community needs. Use examples that your audience understands, e.g., seniors need large-print books, students need more computers, community groups need a place to meet.
Paint a positive picture. Talk about the library’s successes, not only its needs. Focus on benefits more than problems.
Open strong and end strong. Look out at your audience and remember to smile.
Be brief—10 minutes max plus questions...and wait for the questions. "
"For example, “stress” is one of the most significant factors that can affect the way a student can absorb and retain information. Stress also affects memory, creativity, and the way a student behaves in school. Today’s children are subjected to more stressful factors than students of a decade or two ago. So, it is now part of a teacher’s job to decrease stress in the classroom to enable students to learn better."
The Scientific Evidence Is Compelling
"Stress reduction. Research has consistently shown that mindfulness meditation reduces stress and negative mood states, and also improves mental and emotional well-being. It does this by reducing the levels of cortisol, the main stress hormone. Patients are more serene, so they don't experience stress-related disorders.
Lower blood pressure. Several studies have revealed that meditation leads to lower blood pressure. A one-year follow-up showed that patients continued to experience the positive effects.
Prevents stroke. By reducing the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), we can reduce the risk of stroke.
Decreased risk of heart disease. A recent study published in the American Heart Journal showed that mindfulness meditation led to significantly better symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure.
Treats mental health. Mindfulness is becoming so widely accepted in the mental health community that it's becoming an integral part of the treatment of various psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and more.
Improves immune system. Mindfulness-based interventions also improve the functioning of the immune system. One study showed that it improved the function of the flu vaccine, and another study showed that it increased T-cell production in males with HIV."