So as those of you who have been following my blog and / or social media know, I had some big meetings yesterday.
My session at the high school went very well. The guidance counselors asked how my talk would be different than what they do with the students on a daily basis. The truth is, what I have to say in one seminar is just an add on to reinforce the work and dedication of these counselors who work with the students on a daily basis across a school year. With that being said, the value add is in hearing these lessons about social media, stereotypes and education from someone who is a) an educator and b) an entrepreneur who helps countless students get ready for their next step and connecting it to the lessons the guidance counselors have been teaching them each day is a great reinforcement.
This was great for me because first of all, I got to really discuss and highlight my company, my mission and what I can do to give back to the community and I got to do it with a group of people. As an entrepreneur and a public speaker, this was especially fulfilling. Yes, you knew I was going to bring this back to public speaking, didn't you? I am all about public speaking as a skill and a talent that can serve you in so many ways. When the meeting began, there was a table of people who were there to listen to what I had to say. The fact that I could tell my story as a story, keep it interesting and (hopefully) tie it all back to how it benefits them, their school and the students is, I think, the key in how I can continue to grow my company.
In the end, we are scheduling some sessions in the near future for me to speak to students.
On a side note, walking in to the school I graduated from (almost) 22 years ago was quite surreal especially as I was texted words of encouragement from two of my best friends who graduated with me from said school 22 (almost) years ago - the circle of life and all that.
With the other event, this was the chance to represent my company at a local high school, which is the first school I am launching my college readiness seminar at in February. I am so excited to launch this program and to present what I have learned as an educator and more to these students!
The evening went so well. Special thanks to a great friend who recommended my college readiness seminar to the school! I had my own table at the door and my materials had been sent out in advance to all of the parents' attending the meeting. As everyone walked in, I was able to introduce myself, my company and tell them about my upcoming seminars that are launching for their daughters' class this February. I was so humbled and so excited to be sitting there, representing my own company. I have sat at many events representing my employer and promoting my employer but to have it be me, my message, my company there is just so much pride, excitement and a little pinch of disbelief!
Who knows what I am talking about? When did you first realize your company was a company? I feel like even though I have clients and lots of social media exposure that today was the first day I realized I am a company! Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen