Hello it's Jennifer Riddo. On Thursday July 14, Lisa went back to Staten Island Technical High School for the second part of college and career readiness training.
This time Lisa did a low tech lesson. There was no laptop plugged into the smart board showing the agenda ahead, she spoke to the students and told them to pull out a paper and pen to write. As a young adult who is used to a teacher showing a power point to the class. I found the low tech lesson to be more engaging. I enjoyed watching more interaction in the learning environment. It was interesting to see a lesson take place without a smart board since that seems to be the norm with technology taking over the world. Eventhough this lesson did use less technology it was still very powerful just as all of Lisa's lessons.
Lisa had each student speak about 3 skills which make them who they are. She said it is good to have more than one skill because just one thing doesn't make you who you are, there are more elements.After the students thought of their three skills, Lisa had them share their skills out loud. Instead of the students just saying each skill, Lisa had them add a story onto each skill and why they possess that skill. For example one student said her skill was photography. Instead of just saying she was good at photography she added on that she took photos for a company and posted the pictures on the companies Instagram account.
As someone who is younger myself, it's easy to just get to the point and not elaborate on why those skills fit you. It is understandable that not all young adults are going to have an abundant amount of experience in the work force. Instead of making them feel insecure that some students did great things and they didn't. Lisa treated everyone fairly and made them feel comfortable with the experience they did encounter. That's important because Lisa is very compassionate to everyone.
As well, Lisa spoke about the importance of an elevator pitch. Your elevator pitch is what sells your brand.
If you ever need someone to assist you in college and career readiness training I advise you to reach out to Lisa to be a guest speaker. She is very powerful and passionate about helping other individuals succeed in their next step. You can also pick up Lisa's books which are a great read and very beneficial. She also has a new book on the way. Thank you for reading my post, I hope I will have a chance to write again soon about this amazing experience so far.
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