Consider how much to share about your child and family
How much should you share about your child and family if you become a family advisor? Talking about your personal experiences can be a very effective way to illustrate a point and influence people’s thinking.
Self-disclosure makes good sense when:
- You’re at a time and place in your life where you have some perspective on your situation.
- The story has benefit for others. It’s not about your personal agenda, frustration, or current issue.
- You feel ready to share it. Trust your instincts. Share those parts of the experience that you feel ready to talk about. It is fine to keep some parts private.
- You are relatively comfortable talking about your experience. You don’t feel overly vulnerable, exposed or shamed by sharing the story with others.
Guidelines for self-disclosure:
- Stay with the focus of the conversation and the point you want to make – less is usually more.
- Protect the privacy of others. Be mindful about what details you share about whom. Stick with YOUR experiences.