Recording Tips and Suggested Topics

*Note: Grapevine will not be collecting recordings from speakers at AA meetings.

Tips:

  • Speak as you would in a meeting.
  • Begin by giving us your name and phone number. This way, Grapevine will have a way to contact you if your story is chosen.
  • Focus on a specific experience or something that can be handled in 5-7 minutes.
  • Think about the arc of a story: a beginning, a middle and an end.
  • Remember to include the following things when you begin to record your story:
    • Introduce yourself as though you were in a meeting.
    • Location. Are you in Georgia? California? Canada? This helps to set the scene for the listener. Details help.

Topics:

Here are some suggestions to get you thinking. Feel free to choose something else.

  • An anecdote from your first 90 days
  • My first sponsor
  • Getting to Step One
  • Going back to school sober
  • Talking to family about your sobriety
  • My first job sober
  • My old friends, my new friends
  • My favorite service commitment
  • My favorite Step—and why
  • Fun times in Sobriety (pick one)
  • What got me into AA?
  • How I deal with fear today
  • What my sponsor taught me (something I'll never forget)
  • How I found my Higher Power
  • My favorite part of the Big Book
  • Going on your first date in sobriety
  • People, places and things
  • A 9th Step amend that changed my life
  • My sober morning routine
  • How I pray
  • My meditation

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