I had the pleasure of being a part of Career Day with the youth in our community. I presented on Hospice of Northwest Michigan and why Marketing, Fundraising, and Grant Writing were important for our organization. Engaging any audience is a challenge but because of the way our youth is being raised and educated in this community, my job was easy. A week after my presentation I received the following email and have permission to share it with you.
I am a junior at Charlevoix High School who listened to one of your presentations this past Thursday.
Thank you for visiting my school. Like I said when we talked afterward, I truly got a lot out of what you had to say. I found it extremely easy to follow and understand the content of your presentation, and you remained fully aware of your audience. I noticed you successfully stayed on topic but also balanced that more serious tone by including an appropriate amount of sincere humor. It’s hard to get high schoolers — any age group for that matter — so well engaged! In addition, it was obvious you are knowledgeable and passionate about what you do. I know it’s always good to hear what you’re doing right!
My interests vary across the board similarly like yours. I enjoy interacting with people, being creative in art and design, enhancing my analytical side and writing skills in English, and improving my ability to reason in math. Although this is likely going to change at some point, I have my mind set on combining my writing skills and creativity into a double major in graphic design and communications. My understanding is I will be able to design advertisements, let’s say, and then, in writing, I’d be able to describe the product or service for its company. That’s just what I’m thinking right now. I remember you explaining you initially went to college focusing on something else, but what did you wind up studying that got you where you are today?
I recall you mentioning opportunities to volunteer during an event in the near future. Please let me know if or when the next opportunity arises. I’m in Charlevoix’s National Honors Society and need to be accumulating service hours. Thanks for keeping me in mind!
The lesson here is to never underestimate your message or your audience. It was a win/win kind of day!