As I get ready to go speak to a group of college students during their weekly organization meeting, I sat down and thought for a few moments, jotted some notes, and pulled my ideas together. About a month ago, I received this email from one of my former students to speak during their regularly scheduled meeting:
I hope you are having a great semester so far. I know that Grace and I gained so much from taking your class this past semester and I was wondering if you would be willing to come speak to the rest of oursorority. Beyond the experience from planning an event, I personally gained the most from learning how to pitch myself and networking to buildbusiness relationships. I feel that these skills are extremely importantfor those who are starting to interview for jobs and internships. I thinkthat the women of Sigma Kappa could greatly benefit from learning theseskills as well. Sigma Kappa is having a chapter meeting on Sunday, March 28th at 7 p.m. and I was wondering if you would be willing to come speakfor about 30 minutes. Please let me know if you are interested.
Thank you for your time.
So as I sat today to bring my thoughts together…I wondered, how am I going to give them something relevant to walk away and ponder? Here we have a collection of students from freshman to seniors, those who are just happy to be in school and enjoying the joys of college to those who are sweating if they will be employed in a few months. But it comes down to this, it does not matter if you are a freshman in college, a senior in college, in graduate school, looking for a job, have a job, entrepreneur, home body, nobody, somebody, CEO, or man on the street…it is all about relationships.
So here are my notes for tonight’s little chat…in the form of questions and discussion:
- Why am “I” here today?
- Why do “we”join groups?
- Where do “we” want to be in five years?
- Where do “we” want to be in ten years?
- Who is in your room of “influence”?
- Who have you met “new” today?
- How can “we” leverage those relationships?
- What are “Our” dreams?
- How do we turn those “Dreams” into realities?
Here is the actual presentation…I used Prezi to put this little talk together!