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Crowd Sourcing Video Script (Draft 2)

Hi, I’d like to take a moment to talk with you about the history, present day situation, and the future of CureTinnitus.org.

My name is dainis w michel, and i started CureTinnitus.org when I came down with a severe case of tinnitus, and the only option I felt was appropriate for me, was getting better.

With just over a decade online, I’ve been able to take the website from being a simple personal survival blog to offering: 3 online courses, 12 tinnitus support videos, 5 interviews, 28 Cure Tinnitus Shows, dozens of helpful articles, an easy-to-follow process known as the 5 CureTinnitus.org Program Guidelines, and, we get about 500 unique visitors per day.

To date, 168 people have gone through at least a portion of our course offerings, and thousands have gained benefit from our relentless work and dedication to helping people cope with and hopefully heal from tinnitus.

While that may sound grand, and it is wonderful to receive emails and testimonials from people who go so far as to thank CureTinnitus.org for saving their lives, the reality is that the website serves as a safety net for the most desperate among us. Either via email, Facebook, phone calls or Skype, I get contacted frequently by people who tell me that they are considering committing suicide.

Do you think I can email back a suicidal teenager and ask for a parent’s credit card?

What about the frustrated musicians who feel they may never play music again, who directly mention contemplating ending it all, who’ve spent their entire savings on medical treatments and therapies?

What about the stay-at-home mom whose inlaws behavior is so vile that the way they treat her certainly contributes to her stress and illness?

Even when a tired, overworked, wealthy-sounding businessman calls — I simply don’t know how to ask for money in those situations. Maybe even that wealthy businessman needs and deserves — contact with someone who is willing to listen — and give.

Give care
Give time
Give information and attention

…and not ask for anything in return — at least, i mean, at least — until they are out of crisis. When they are off the bridge, off the cliff, when the gun is out of their mouths, the rope is put away, and when the bottle of pills is safely in the medicine cabinet or even the garbage.

Now I personally can’t field the kind of need that there is out there, but I CAN create an organization that can help.

I can’t do it alone, I can’t do it with my financial and energetic resources alone. But with your help, maybe WE can.

As a quick aside, national tinnitus associations like the British Tinnitus Association, the American and Australian Tinnitus Associations, and others, have done a tremendous job at creating public awareness campaigns and spearheading safety regulations for ear protection & tinnitus prevention.

Where CureTinnitus.org comes in, is after the fact, in helping people cope with the onset of tinnitus and figure out where to go from there.

We need at least 12 stable months with at least $2000 USD per month in donations, to stabilize the organization.

At that funding level, I can make sure CureTinnitus.org consistently answers email, phone, and chat inquiries, and I can organize group calls.

After a stable year, we can look at electing a board, and we can ask ourselves whether it makes sense to become a not-for-profit entity.

If we fail to give CureTinnitus.org the funding it needs, I will likely do two things 1. compile the CureTinnitus.org website into a virtual product and sell it for at least $1000 and 2. make access to me personally, to talk about tinnitus, very very expensive.

Maybe I’ve personally done enough for the community of people who have tinnitus, and maybe it is time to end an era. But I personally feel we owe it to our children, our grandchildren, and future generations to provide them with healthy, accurate, healing, life-saving information about what you can do, if you happen to come down with tinnitus.

I feel it is imperative that the organization become self-sustaining so that the information can continue to be improved and can be made available, indefinitely.

Currently donations are made to me personally, because setting up the organization any other way has shown to be too expensive.

If I get the appropriate funding, and if by the grace of fate, we exceed our funding goals, I can promise you that CureTinnitus.org will be a stellar, helpful, kind, and honest resource for anyone who winds up suffering with tinnitus.

Your donations will be warmly appreciated, you can donate below, it can be a one time or recurring donation, and thank you for your time and attention.

Crowd Sourcing Campaign To Help Those Most In Need (1)

DRAFT SCRIPT

Hi, I’d like to take a moment to talk with you about the history, present day situation, and the future of CureTinnitus.org.

My name is dainis w michel, and i started CureTinnitus.org when I came down with a severe case of tinnitus, and the only option I felt was appropriate for me, was getting better.

My personal case was so severe that ending my life would have been a completely understandable choice — however — I was able to improve — and I documented the process. To figure out what to do, I traveled extensively, interviewed doctors and therapists, and condensed the information into 5 simple guidelines.

With 28 Cure Tinnitus Shows, several recorded interviews, support videos, articles, and online courses, over the years, CureTinnitus.org became one of the most trafficked websites about tinnitus in the world, serving between 3 and 600 unique visitors per day.

But really, throughout this entire time, I have had, and because of that, the organization has had — one particularly significant flaw.

Now, I’m not sure if it’s really a flaw — but here is what it is:

I get contacted fairly regularly by people who have spent their last pennies, they are broke and desperate, and they are sometimes even suicidal.

Do you think it’s possible for me to correspond with a suicidal teenager and say “hey but go get one of your parents’ credit cards so i can charge you and we can talk?”

Can I charge a depressed musician who may just call it quits if what I say doesn’t help?

Can I charge a woman whose in-laws are so cruel to her, that their treatment of her is clearly one of the reasons she even has tinnitus?

I can’t do it.

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Ringing in the New Year With a New Number!

Happy New Year Dear CureTinnitus.org Family,

How are you? Your reports of progress, of healing, of coping, of surviving — are all inspirational and beautiful. Thank you for them. If you haven’t been in touch for a while (or at all), do let me (and us) know how you’re doing.

Also, guess what? Our old number is now defunct!

I really loved that number, it was +1 317 713 1177. I could not believe the sequence of numbers when I got it, but alas, the service simply couldn’t provide much, well, service.

Our new number is: +1 312 273 9505. It is a Chicago number and will function mostly as a voicemail, though I can configure it to ring me wherever I am.

To ring in the new ringer with a celebration, I will be available from 8AM to 3:30PM CET time for CureTinnitus.org calls from Monday January 12th, through Friday January 16th 2015. If I cannot pick up, please leave a message and I will get back to you.

Let’s make this year one of well being and healing!

Sincerely,
dainis w michel
Founder of CureTinnitus.org

PS — Stay tuned for our projects in 2015 🙂

Hey, is tinnitus a thing of the past for you?

How are you?
http://www.curetinnitus.org/ho...right-now/

Was CureTinnitus.org able to help you? Are you applying some form of our 5 Program Guidelines in your life?
http://www.curetinnitus.org/ge...its-5-now/

Also, feel free to get in touch with us on FB right here https://www.facebook.com/curet...nnitus.org

Blessings and as always wishing you all the very best!

–dainis w michel
Creator curetinnitus.org

what is the deepest desire of someone with tinnitus?

What, in your opinion, is the deepest desire of someone with tinnitus?

Is it to get better?

Is it to “find a cure?”

Is it to “be cured?”

Do you have tinnitus?

If I honestly ask myself what is my most primal desire: it is to receive compassion, to receive pity, to be loved even when I am weak. To be accepted in my state. To have my pain accepted and to be treated with care love sensitivity and kindness.

If you have tinnitus — what is your deepest desire — really?

How To Participate Here

The first step is to register for our Complimentary 7-day Tinnitus Liberation First Steps eCourse. Registration can be anonymous, and if anonymity is important to you, please let us know. For some members, anonymity is vital, and you can set your display name to be just about anything you like (no profanity of course!). We promise to do our absolute best to maintain your profile as anonymous, though really the statement: “Google knows everything” isn’t a joke. You can customize the appearance of your name to be anonymous if you like, however, a valid email address is required for registration.

If you talk with people about it, you’ll find a lot of people say stuff like: “oh I’ve got that too,” or “my uncle has that and it is killing him,” or “I thought that was normal,” etc. About 10% of the population “has” tinnitus. Of that, for 10% (so 1% total), tinnitus is a horrific experience (it was for me).

So, if you want to be anonymous, please register with a valid email and choose a username. You can use your real first and last names, then go into “Member Details” and modify your profile to set your display name to be your username. Then, we can communicate normally (on a real first name basis) via email, but your name won’t be public.

Then, when you visit, you log in, experience our platform, and get to know us better.

When you register — you agree to leave appropriate and helpful comments for the CureTinnitus.org community. Your presence is welcome, as long as you participate.

The next step, if you feel helped, is to choose a member level.

You can choose “select your own donation amount” and thereby gain access to our Self-Paced CureTinnitus.org Program for a monthly donation amount of your choosing. Donation-based Membership does not include paid downloads such as Julian Cowan Hill’s eBook “Tinnitus: From Tyrant to Friend.”

You can also choose from our standard Self-Paced or Guided-Support CureTinnitus.org Programs, and pricing is available here: http://www.curetinnitus.org/jo...nitus-org/

We are considering offering more intensive coaching packages as well.

Please understand that even though you may be in crisis, so are a lot of people with tinnitus. It does not make your pain any less, but your pain does not entitle you to post inflammatory, angry, or abusive remarks at CureTinnitus.org. Because of the nature of tinnitus, we simply must take the steps mentioned, both financial and with registration — to keep CureTinnitus.org a wholesome, safe, loving place where people can find support, help, and guidance while they improve their well being and thereby reduce tinnitus.

 

 

CureTinnitus.org 4.0 Coming Up!

Dear CureTinnitus.org Family,

I am pleased to announce the upcoming CureTinnitus.org 4.0 Member Website. While the site is under construction, as I have done before, I am making all of the CureTinnitus.org videos, content and information available to all visitors.

The draft website is here: [draft site now active] Soon the normal http://www.curetinnitus.org domain will resolve to the redesigned site, and all of us will have a faster, clearer, and more reliable experience at CureTinnitus.org.

At the time of writing, the site is not yet styled, but it is on a MUCH MUCH MUCH faster server. The member functionality does not work yet, and bits and pieces of the website (like navigation), are missing.

So now’s a good time to come in and comment and make CureTinnitus.org even better for you — and for those who follow in your footsteps.

Upcoming events:

  • indiegogo drive to become a real not-for-profit by 2014
  • a “choose your own donation amount” member level that gives access to the self-paced support program

Let me know how you can help.

Sincerely,

dainis w michel