I finally ended my drought of speaking yesterday at six hundred thirty-four days! The last time I spoke was on July 19, 2010 for the Virginia Youth Leadership Forum in Richmond, Virginia.
Yesterday, I was in Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota and did a one hundred minute assembly for about one thousand nine through twelfth grade students and staff. I was a bit concerned about my strength and stamina going in; but, as usual, I fed off their energy and received a standing ovation at the end of my speech. I felt GREAT!
Then, the teacher who arranged my visit, Jessica Miller, took me for a quick, nutritious school lunch and we hustled back to their auditorium for five small group programs for about one hundred students in each program. My day was done about 2:10 PM and I was riding high, full of adrenaline and their energy! My doubts about my ability to handle a full day had vanished. Have I mentioned yet, I felt GREAT? I could have gone a few more hours.
My attendant had to drive me up there because I have not been driving for about eighteen months now; but, otherwise, it was just like I had not skipped a beat.
Ms Miller got my name from the September 3, 2011 article in the Minneapolis StarTribune article you can read by clicking here.
As a result of that article, this full page story in the Worthington Daily Globe, Facebook and LinkedIn, I have several more speaking engagements lined up. It feels good to be back in the saddle again!
As always, I look forward to your comments.