It’s all About Networking

I’m sure most of you who are in the workforce, or getting ready to enter the workforce have heard that phrase often – it’s all about networking.  Networking is supposed to gain access to new opportunities you may not have had without that network (most likely a person).

I have always wanted to become a public/motivational speaker on topics that affect my life such as teen pregnancy, depression, and attaining goals and aspirations despite hard circumstances.

As some of you know, I graduated high school with honors this past year despite having a child at 16 and switching from regular school, to online, and back to regular school.

While the end of my senior year was approaching we had many senior meetings with our principal to discuss different topics such as the graduation ceremony, graduation requirements, moving onto college, and staying a part of our school family.

During one of our meetings, I believe it was the last one, our principal noted that even though we were moving onto bigger and better things, to never forget the family we had there.  He spoke of times former students would e-mail him expressing their thoughts and views on things going on at the school, and ways to improve student life.  He told us that he appreciates those e-mails and to always let him know of any ideas we have, or even just to say “hi”.

That struck a chord in me and I sat on it all summer long.  Then, one day I finally stood up and took action on my thought.  I had been working all senior year to guest speak in classes about being a teen parent.  Plans fell through however.  I decided I would take up my former principal on his offer to e-mail him any ideas we came up with.  So I e-mailed him.

In that e-mail I told him about my experience throughout high school, as I know I went to a school of over 2000 students and peoples’ stories can become lost in the crowd, unless you’re in the principals office often, which I never had been.  I couldn’t even tell you where his office was.  I expressed my desire to become a public speaker someday and thought that speaking at the high school would be a great stepping stone into that world.

I patiently awaited a response.  I also kept in mind that I contacted him during the hustle and bustle of back-to-school time, so I gave it a while.

Then I heard back from him and I was pleasantly surprised!  He forwarded the e-mail to one of the health teachers, who contacted me shortly there after.  He wanted to set up a meeting with me to discuss my idea for the speaking arrangement with him and another health teacher at the school.  Of course I was happy to do so!

I went to the meeting and it went great, regardless of my nerves.  He said he would contact me soon, after he ran it by the principal again just to make sure it was alright to book me for a speaking time.  I didn’t hear from him for a while and began to lose hope.  I started accepting that maybe this opportunity wasn’t the right one and I would come across another.

Then I had this inkling to check my e-mail today.  Just to make sure.

Low and behold I had an e-mail!  I got a date for my speaking opportunity and I couldn’t be any happier!  Now I can start planning what I’ll talk about and the activities that I will have the students do.

But, that’s not it!

My former principal also forwarded the original e-mail I sent him onto the student achievement advisor.  I got an e-mail from her as well. This is the big news.

She told me of a High School Forum that’s held at a local church each year.  This is where guest speakers come to speak about various topics related to sex education, relationships, self-esteem, and teen pregnancy.  10-20 students from each high school in our district (which is the largest in our state) attends the forum.

So what’s the big news?  (I love keeping you on the edge of your seat!)

She invited me to be the keynote speaker for the event!

Yes, you read that right!  ME – the keynote speaker at an event!  How amazing is that?!  Just truly amazing!  I can’t thank my former principal enough to give me these opportunities and give me ties to these people in my community.  I also can’t thank the teachers that I met with enough for opening their classrooms to me, to allow me to share my story in hopes it will affect these young persons’ lives.

I am beyond thrilled and ecstatic for these opportunities I’ve been blessed with.

you don’t fit the requirements for your dreams yet, 

become the requirements,

chase your dreams and you will succeed,

PE

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Last Round – Last Chance!

Hi everyone! I recently wrote about the most popular driver award for my racing. I wanted to say THANK YOU a million times to those who voted for me. I entered into the third and FINAL round today! This is the round in which the winner will be chosen so I need each and every one of you to vote for Payton English! Please take ten seconds to go to this link, click on Payton English, then vote. Afterward, get all of your friends and family vote as well! Share it on your facebook, blog, Twitter, etc. everything!

If you have voted, and share please comment below do I can thank you accordingly! I appreciate all of my amazing dans who have made this possible.

https://polldaddy.com/poll/8674161/

If you’d also like to support the Payton English Racing Team, and want a cool shirt, check out this link!

Have a great day!

Vote Now!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are doing well. I know I said I probably wouldn’t be posting much due to school, but I needed to make this one post. I need your help everyone! As a lot of you know (or possibly don’t), I race stock cars and it’s my passion. I was in the running for 4th place in points at my home track this past season until the night before my birthday when I got into a bad wreck and got a concussion. I lost all chances at winning the top 5, and fell to 9th place.

Well, every year we have our awards banquet and they have a contest for the most popular driver award. This is where you come in! I need you all to go to the link below and vote for PAYTON ENGLISH. This is something that is very special to me as I fell out of the running for 4th place in points. I need everyone’s help to get me there. It’s entirely up to you if I win this or not!

There are THREE rounds of voting! The first round ends on February 18th. They will take the top 12 onto the second round starting February 19th and ending February 21st. After that they will take the top 6 from round two and vote for the winner starting February 22nd and ending February 28th, with the winner to be announced that night and the awards banquet. YOU CAN VOTE DURING ALL THREE ROUNDS SO DON’T FORGET!!!!

HERE IS THE LINK!

https://polldaddy.com/poll/8660392/

Thank you to each and every one of you!!!

Bye-Bye WordPress!

Well, it’s that time again.  Another semester of school is on the horizon (actually more like a few doors down).  Classes start on Monday and I’m going to be going to school full-time this semester; unlike the last.  I have a lot more on my plate now, and it’s exciting!

That’s why I wanted to let you all know that I will be gone for the next few months.  I want to give school my full attention so I can receive all A’s.  I would really like 100% on all of my assignments as well, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.

Even though I will be leaving, I will go through all of my posts and schedule some of them to run again for the next few months.  Just to keep some conversations going, bring back some information and ideas, etc.  Especially for all of my new followers that I have recently gained!

I hope you all are having a great new year, and have a even better spring!

And for my racing fans and drivers out there, I will see you in just a few short months! 🙂

life is nothing but a game, you just have to learn how to play it

PE

Throwback Thursday

I know, cliche.  You don’t have to tell me!

But, along with Ted-Talk Tuesday’s, I’m going to introduce Throwback Thursday’s.  Every Thursday I’ll reblog a popular post of mine for you all to read!  Hopefully this will bring up some more dialogue for my readers.  And hopefully it will allow some of my new readers to see my old stuff as well 🙂

Enjoy!

the world keeps spinning

PE

Well Hello There Strangers

Hi everyone!  Sorry it’s been a while.  I know some people disagree with an explanation as to why I’ve been gone posts, but I feel they’re needed.

Things have been pretty tough around here.  Between working really crappy hours, having school, finals, my professors switching things up on me around every corner, annabelle going on a sleeping strike, the holidays plus annabelles second birthday, and other personal issues I’d rather not post, it’s been quite the hectic life lately.

Finals week is next week, and after that I have some great ideas for posts lined up, so keep an eye out for that!  I have a month off before spring semester so that should give me some time to bring in some fresh thoughts, and topics.

i miss you all, and our discussions dearly!

Here are some recent pictures from my crazy life for you all to enjoy:

Me when I went hunting for the first time!

Me when I went hunting for the first time!

Annabelle playing in the snow 😃

Annabelle playing in the snow 😃

My boy friend and I

My boy friend and I

Annabelle at gymnastics

Annabelle at gymnastics

This is life as I now know it x2,

PE

If You Want to Know More…

As a lot of you know, I have started my public speaking career.  I have been meaning to make a blog for my public speaking.  That way I can have a place for other to contact me for speaking opportunities, and other things in that regard.  Like my website, but with a blog as well so I can talk about my experiences.

If you want to know more about my public speaking you can follow my other blog here.

I hope you enjoy

PE

Meetings!

I had a meeting for my keynote speech today.  It went great!  We talked about a lot of stuff, mainly my story.  They may be giving me more than 20 minutes to speak so I’m able to speak of a lot more things regarding my story.  I’m thoroughly excited!  I’m also a bit more comfortable with the thought that this is REALLY happening.  Now I have to get started on my speech 🙂

go after your dreams

PE

Exciting!

I know I don’t post much about my actual life, more along the lines of my thoughts and ideas.  Which I know you guys like!  Otherwise I wouldn’t have such a following, right?  Right! 😉

Anyways, as I posted a while ago about kickstarting my career (which you can read here if you haven’t yet), I have arrived at one of the days!  Tomorrow I will be meeting with a few women to discuss the event I will be the keynote speaker for.  Quite exciting right?  I’m excited to hear what they have to say, and where this will all go!

Hopefully this leads to new opportunities (crossing my fingers).

keynote speaker

PE