LIVE SPEECH AUDIO: Using Digital Media to Save Lives

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At the 2018 Students for Life of America Conference, Timothy Brahm gave a never-before-heard speech on social media dialogue. After the presentation, Tim answered some questions from the audience along with Josh Tijerina from Halcyon, another social media presenter at the conference who presented before Tim did. Below are listed some of the different points that he makes in the speech, in case you would like to jump around:

Problems with Conversations on Social Media:

  • 2:27: When people are in fight mode, they can’t hear you. It is not just about the arguments.
  • 3:43: Social media conversations are extra challenging because they are public, not private
  • 4:33: Social media breeds hypersensitivity to our own brand management.
  • 6:07: The structure of comment threads work against you.
  • 7:12: The “like” system influences how causal observers perceive your writing through an unfair filter.
  • 8:15: People on social media are almost immune from normal social pressures.
  • 10:07: Recent political hostility has conditioned people to be angry online.
  • 11:03: Social media is structured as an engine for constant outrage.

16 Tips for Social Media Dialogue:

  • 16:08: Move your conversation to private message, Skype, or in person as soon as possible.
  • 17:06: Make minimal persuasion goals.
  • 18:00: Be aware of the lack of nonverbal communication.
  • 18:34: Post things with your pro-choice friends in mind.
  • 19:22: Try hard to assume the best about people.
  • 19:34: Take a step back if you’re feeling defensive.
  • 19:57: Point out every piece of common ground.
  • 20:14: Try to only use neutral language.
  • 20:31: Ask lots of clarification questions, make few statements and arguments. Try to wait to do so until the conversation is one-on-one.
  • 20:48: Choose a friendly looking profile picture.
  • 21:17: Don’t name-drop philosophers or logical fallacies.
  • 21:36: Don’t feed the trolls.
  • 22:08: Use links very sparingly.
  • 22:28: Only cite neutral sources. Do not link to pro-life websites.
  • 22:36: Point out when they teach you something.
  • 23:18: Sow intentional, positive seeds with people who you hope to dialogue with someday.

Q and A with Tim Brahm and the other presenter who spoke before him, Josh Tijerina:

  • 25:25: “When is the appropriate time to use snark in dialogues?”
  • 26:39: “In regards to your point about liking pro-choice friend’s comments when you think they are being charitable or gracious in dialogue, do you think that could be misinterpreted or come off as strange to your pro-life friends?”
  • 28:01: “Have you done any studies on the effectiveness of graphic abortion images on social media?”
  • 30:01: “In tip number four, you suggest we post on social media with our pro-choice friends in mind. I am a Christian and this influences my pro-life view, so sometimes I post Christian things or bible verses. What do you think about this?”

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Rachel Crawford will be speaking on understanding and responding to “My Body, My Choice” at Kutztown University on April 10th

Many conversations surrounding abortion focus on the personhood of the unborn, but the strongest pro-choice arguments grant the entire pro-life case that the unborn is a full human being. They go on to claim that abortion should still be legal because women have a right to control their own bodies. Rachel Crawford will explain how a comprehensive discussion about abortion needs to address more than just the humanity and personhood of the fetus, but also a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy as it relates to pregnancy.

Speaker: Rachel Crawford, Trainer, Equal Rights Institute

This event has been sponsored by Students for Life Kutztown and Leadership Institute

Date: April 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Event: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Sponsor: Students for Life Kutztown
Venue: Kutztown University, Rickenbach Auditorium, LC 135
610-683-4000
Location: 15200 Kutztown Road
Kutztown, PA 19530
Public: Public

Josh Brahm will be speaking on understanding and responding to the strongest pro-choice arguments at Belmont Abbey College on February 15th.

Many conversations surrounding abortion focus on the personhood of the unborn, but the strongest pro-choice arguments grant the entire pro-life case that the unborn is a full human being. They go on to claim that abortion should still be legal because women have a right to control their own bodies. Josh Brahm will explain how a comprehensive discussion about abortion needs to address more than just the humanity and personhood of the fetus, but also a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy as it relates to pregnancy.

This lecture is designed to explain the philosophy of bodily rights arguments and explore responses to them. Individuals in the audience from all ends on the abortion debate can leave this talk with a deeper understanding of bodily rights arguments and will think differently about abortion if they have previously disregarded this crucial part of the abortion debate.

The lecture will be followed by an open Q&A session.

Speaker: Josh Brahm, President, Equal Rights Institute

This event has been sponsored by Crusaders For Life and Leadership Institute.

Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Event: Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
Sponsor: Crusaders for Life
Venue: Belmont Abbey College, Student Commons (Abbot Walter Coggin Student Center)
Location: 100 Belmont Mt Holly Rd,
Belmont, NC 28012
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

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Josh Brahm will be giving his third Canadian speaking tour in late February. While he’ll be speaking at various schools, he will also be speaking for a public educational dinner for St. Catharines Right to Life. Here’s their announcement about it:

We are delighted to welcome one of North America’s most popular pro-life speakers Josh Brahm, who is the founder of Equal Rights Institute in the United States. Josh knows how to make the most persuasive arguments in defense of life, and trains others how to do so with a loving and compassionate approach.

Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Event: St. Catharines Right to Life Annual Dinner
Sponsor: St. Catharines Right to Life
905-684- 7505
Venue: Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
1-905-688-2324
Location: 327 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5L3
Canada
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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