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,

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What We Need to do

What have I been doing these past few months since school started?  I took public issues, relationships marriages & the family, and first year experience.  But my favorite class was public issues.  (to all of my hometown friends who are reading this, TAKE THAT CLASS, YOU WON’T REGRET IT!)

Anyways, onto my point.  In public issues we spoke about a lot of problems going on in our community (obviously, hence the name).

The very first day of class our professor told us that by the end of the class he’s going to have us wanting to create a revolution.  And, to say the least he was right.  That’s why I’m writing this.  Now, I can’t teach you 16 weeks worth of information in this post, but I can hopefully inspire you to become a more educated, and informed citizen of your community.  That’s what the whole class was about anyways.

I can’t remember the name of the person my professor spoke of, but he stated that we need a revolution around every 19 years.  Why?  Because that’s when the new generation emerges.  Each generation needs to set their own rules so they can make the world how they want it to be. A revolution doesn’t have to be that of what we saw in the american revolution we so often hear about in our history classes.  No, not at all.  But what we need to do is stand up for what we believe in.  Take charge and take action.  Most importantly, at least to me that is, do it peacefully.  We need to voice our opinion and show our congress, and our politicians that we mean business.

So what can YOU do?

  • vote
  • But before you vote, get educated thoroughly on what you’re voting for
  • Write letters to your congressman/politicians/representatives
  • picket outside the capital
  • Before you picket, call the local news stations and tell them when/where you’re going to picket
  • Tell all of your friends what you’re doing, maybe they’ll jump on board
  • Go to local city meetings and voice your thoughts/opinions

Go ahead, get out there and do something!

You don’t even have to leave your computer.  Use social media to spread the word on what you’re doing.  Use the ever so lovely e-mail that you’ve been neglecting.

Just do it!

You want your freedom?  It’s not a right, it’s a privilege, so make sure you can keep it!

the future of this country is in our hands, don’t ruin it because you ‘don’t feel like doing it’

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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

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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

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