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Facts do not change minds; our stories do. I have given lectures based on facts and watched the audience’s eyes glaze over. When I speak or write about my personal experience, I get feedback like this: I appreciate your vulnerability. You seem authentic. I can really relate to what you were saying/writing.

We choose facts that support us, and we choose against those that undermine our argument. You can find “facts” to support almost any argument.

Our stories are less biased, although we choose to present only those experiences that support our arguments.

One of the best ways to attack prejudice is, “Here is how your opinion affects me.”

To be understood, you must be heard; to be heard, you must be personal.

Thanks, Leah Njoki

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