#7 “The Stakes are Pretty High”

This week, when I was asked to explain why my topic is important, I realized that I couldn’t explain it because it was so obvious to me. It took me about an hour before I could even try to explain it. It’s not perfect, but the only thing I can say is that this topic is important because it is a current event that is affecting thousands of women around the globe – possibly even millions. Women everywhere are being pulled out of the workforce to care for their children because they can’t afford child care.

The main conflict for this issue is between parents, child care facilities, and organizations that are trying to help parents, such as Let’s Grow Kids. The parents and the organizations are sided together to try to either help parents get money for child care or get the child care facilities to give child care for less money. However, the child care providers might not want to help, or can not help.

There are a few characters involved in this issue. There are the parents, who want or need cheaper child care. There are also the organizations who want to help the parents and the children who are most likely not old enough to express an opinion on the subject. Lastly, there are the child care providers who might want to help but can’t, or just don’t want to help.

The stakes are pretty simple. Either women who have children  will not be able to work, or children will not get good or any child care. Both of these would be sad, so I think it is safe to say that the stakes are pretty high.

I am seeking to raise awareness and to get others to join me in working on fixing this issue. I want to raise awareness because that might get some attention from someone who could help us fix this problem. I also want to get others to join me because any help I can get would make a huge difference.

Click the URL to go to my slide. http://bit.ly/2eNMyfb

Megan Balparda

2 Responses to “#7 “The Stakes are Pretty High”

  • Bob Uhl
    6 years ago

    Hi Megan,

    I can relate to your feeling, expressed in your opening line, about having a hard time explaining a topic because it feels so obvious. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most difficult to put into words!

    In thinking about your pitch, I wonder if there is a story or anecdote you might be familiar with that could help capture the audience’s attention. For example, do you know, personally, a mother who has had to choose childcare over working a job, or have you encountered a story like that anywhere? Leading with a hook like this could help draw in your listeners.

    PS: You may want to check on your link; instead of taking me to a presentation, it took me to a Google image search results page!

  • Nate Archambault
    6 years ago

    Hi Megan,

    As Bob has said, personal stories are often the best places to start. It’s much easier to understand a topic, this one especially, by hearing from the people who are directly involved. Do you know of anyone specifically who is facing difficulty finding adequate childcare in Vermont. If not, I’m sure we could help you find some people with some interesting stories to tell.

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