What an absolute honor to be apart of this event! My agents and I have really been working hard to make more of these events happen. Often times people will look at my age and think that I am not able to reach a professional audience, they see me as a youth only speaker. This is just so far from the truth. My ability to tell my story captivates audiences young and old. I am able to craft my story to pretty much any audience type, I just need to know what the client wants the audience take-away to be from my speech. Not to mention I love getting dressed up in a suit and tie!
I say this often and I'll say it again, for some reason California does not invest in speakers or the West Coast for that matter. The majority of my time speaking is spent on the east coast and in the Midwest. They seem to be so dedicated to their communities and to their students, so getting the invite to Ceres High School in Modesto California was pretty exciting. It was also exciting because Modesto is only two hours from my hometown so it was a quick drive to get there.
It's always a blessing to get called to work in Maryland. It's a state riddled with opiate abuse and in need of speakers to bring a message that inspires it's audience. The Talbot County Department of Social Services brought me in as a keynote speaker for a drug education day they were holding. This event was open to the public and had folks from within the community as well as treatment centers, doctors and educators on site.
More and more corporations are seeing the value is addressing substance use in the work place. I can't think of a better way of doing this than bringing me in to tell my story. It's not about stats, it's not a don't do drugs speech. It's a captivating story of how substance abuse affected a real life person. NEUCO invited me out to their company conference in Massachusetts and I was very excited that they did! Often times I believe people think I am a youth speaker only but that could not be any further from the truth.
It was great to be back in the beautiful state of Maine although I must admit it was a LOT colder than the last time I came out here. Previously I had done some work within a community but this time it was for the high school about 45 minutes from Biddeford where I spoke last year. Much like my presentation earlier in the week with Dixie High School, a lot of students on this campus would be considered at risk and families/students were said to have had some issues with substance use.
This presentation was following my event with the high school students! The students really responded well to my presentation and I was really bummed about having to leave right away to catch a flight to Maine immediately following my talk. Luckily for me the kids flocked to social media and immediately filled my inbox with comments and questions. I tell all my audiences to ask me questions on social media that I answer everyone who sends me a message. It is something i'm extremely passionate about! I will spend some times 3-4 hours after an event replying to all the messages I get from folks in the audience.