EAI PI Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I publicize my meeting online?
- How can I tell my doctor about FA?
- I want to do a Public Information Session. What do I need to know?
- What should I say when reaching out to a reporter?
- Where can I post printed FA flyers, and what materials should I use?
- What FA material can I leave in waiting rooms?
- What does the EAI Public Information Committee do?
- How can I get involved to the EAI Committee?
- There’s so much to do for PI! How can I keep from getting overwhelmed?
Free online calendars are a great place to publicize your meeting. Examples include national online calendars such as Eventbrite and local online i.e. local newspapers that have an online calendar. For instructions on posting to these databases and sample templates that you can use immediately, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-on-one time with your doctor is a good time to share about the FA program. In the exam room say something like, “I want to let you know about the free program that helped me lose 100lbs and keep it off for 5 years.”
Hand your doctor the FA healthcare brochure. If your doctor is interested in educating their office about FA, you can schedule a time to present the FA healthcare slideshow to the office staff. Contact email@example.com to see the slideshow and get instructions on how to present it.
The healthcare brochure can be purchased from the FA website along with other literature. The hope is that meetings cover the cost of this brochure and individual members should not have to pay to bring a brochure to their doctor.
Detailed information on how to run a Public Information Session is available by clicking this link. You’ll find a list of tasks that needs to be done to run an Information Session, and other helpful documents such as the Information Session Meeting Format.
Sample templates for getting the word out about your PI session are available by clicking this link. These include calendar announcements, PSAs, and a sample script for speaking with a radio or TV station’s PSA coordinator.
It’s helpful to give a reporter a press release that they can either print directly or modify for their audience. To get a press release that you can customize with the details of your info session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good places to post FA flyers are community bulletin boards at coffee shops, supermarkets, gyms, laundromats, libraries, hospitals, and community resource centers. Ask permission by saying something like: “May I post this on the community board? It’s info about a free local support group.”
A Trifold Brochure / Meeting Directory is a great thing to post. You can download your local Meeting Directory / Trifold from this page. Or download the one-page flyer that you can edit to advertise your meeting.
For doctors’ offices, libraries, and other places where people wait, you can ask to leave a rack of FA Trifold Brochures / Meeting Directories. Here are the guidelines for a sponsor-a-rack program. You can get racks for free at EAI Intergroup meetings, or you can buy them at an office supply store.
Remember to check up periodically to refill the rack.
The goal of the Public Information committee is to inform the general public about the fact of FA’s existence as well as support PI Reps and EAI meetings. For example, the committee may organize and attend health fairs, present the Health Care Slideshow at a medical office or provide financial assistance to an LSG to put the FA books in local library branches. This committee can also help individual FA meetings plan FA information sessions in their area. In addition, any inquiries about newspaper articles, radio, or TV should go through this committee. Contact the EAI PI Committee Chair at email@example.com.
The monthly EAI PI Committee meeting happens on EAI Sundays from 7:30am–8:45am ET and all are welcome and encouraged to join us. Join us on Intergroup Sunday at 7:30am ET, when members of the EAI PI Committee will be available prior to the start of the regular committee meeting to answer questions for PI Reps or any other fellow with PI-related questions. Click here for the direct link to the meeting on Zoom.com or use the Zoom App on your smartphone and enter Meeting ID: 845 8695 6527. The password is 2020. For phone only (US), call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 845 8695 6527. To find your local phone number, click here. The committee meeting will follow at 8:00am ET. All are welcome to join us!!!
Here’s some encouragement from Helpful PI Resources:
- No one member ever represents FA as a whole.
- Remember that Public Information work is a service – do what you can when you can.
- LET GO AND LET GOD. Pray, show up, do your 1% – then get out of the way, and let God do the rest.
- Don’t judge success by the number of people who are interested in FA, you are planting seeds and you never know when they will sprout!
Updated 2022 0122