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Motivational and Substance Abuse Speaking: Does it work?

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Motivational and Substance Abuse Speaking: Does it work?

Last year in August I flew on a plane from Fresno, Ca to Dallas, Tx for a motivational speaking event in Brownwood, Tx.  I was invited to be the keynote speaker on substance abuse, speaking to an audience of 400 high school students and nearly 30 kids from a youth correctional institution. While I was on the plane, I overheard a conversation between two women that were seated across from me. The two ladies shared a commonality in their job descriptions, which was some form of State, or Department of Corrections work with youth. The topic of public speakers was brought up, and during their conversation the words, “motivational speaker” was said. This struck a chord with me as I am a Motivational Speaker who speaks about substance abuse. The women literally said, “Speakers who speak about substance abuse don’t work.” I was very intrigued to see where their conversation was heading since I focus on speaking to kids about choices and substance abuse. But I sat back and thought for a bit. It made me ask myself, “does what I do really work?”  Click to read more...

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