Public speaking tops the list of fears for most people. It is either more desired than death or closely behind it. I can attest to that cold, lonely, anxious and dark feeling! I do know that you must have some serious confidence to do it. Some people are wonderful speakers and can orate an hour-long lecture without a single note. However, the number of people who can do this is very small. I, for one, am not one-yet. See, public speaking has always been a fear of mine until people began offering me opportunities to speak. I am just now beginning to get better.
This is a question I have heard many times. Out of frustration people who don’t get it or have forgotten the basic fundamentals of human behavior and the purpose of social media ask in their defensive hatred of it: ‘Social media is a fake connection. What did people do before social media?’
What a Fantastic day! After many months of preparation for Leadership Roanoke Valley Education Team’s Celebration of Education, we presented our day long program. We took a detailed look into how Roanoke City Schools ARE measuring up and preparing the workforce of tomorrow. We highlighted the positives happening at William Flemming High School, Forest Park Academy, and Patrick Henry High School. We provided our participants a hands on experience on how ROTEC and Governor’s School are preparing student to enter the workforce or enter college successfully.
In April 8, we organized a group of VT Alumni for the Spring Community Service Event call the Alumni Big Event! The Big Event is a community-wide event at Virginia Tech that encourage students to get out and volunteer in the community. We have over 40 Alumni Chapters participate.
It may be time to re-frame the way we think about this. It is kind of frustrating when people say they are not doing anything with their college degree, and that it was a waste of time. Since there is so much demand, and competition for jobs, college is getting a bad reputation. The negative rhetoric can deter the youngest generation from even wanting to pursue a college degree. As I was about to sit and look through some old PowerPoints from my MBA courses, I realized that learning never ends, and it is worth noting that there are several parallels from the college experience that translate to the the everyday post graduate life.
Each Year we ponder the same question. “Have we Progressed toward attaining the ideals set by Dr. Martin Luther King?” Each year the same answers are repeated. “Yes, but we have more work to do.” However, no one really specifies what is that “work”. Even on 01/16/17 as Martin Luther King III met with president elect Donald J. Trump, he affirmed: ‘We are a great nation, but we must become greater”. How so?
Oh yeah….This guy is excited! I just received my Bespoke post shipment. I love this Jack+Mulligan Miller backpack. I could not wait to start using it.
Welcome to my Day Two of the New Year. So one of my Resolutions for 2017 was to become more compassionate. I caught a mouse for the first time……on a glue trap….I feel sad… I did not want to move it. It was wiggling, trying to break free. It felt inhumane. I seriously wanted to pay someone to come remove it from in front of my Fridge. Someone told me it was Karma getting me back for wishing snow upon us.
2016 was lit and 2017 will be the bomb! Today is Day one of growth! 2016 was full of Experimental Living. I lit a lot of fires that motivated me to action. I stepped outside of my comfort zone in many areas, and jumped in head first to thing that turned out to be well worth it. Now 2017 will be all of about and Experiential Living. While, I’m not one to wear religion on my sleeve, there are two commands that have changed my life. I will continue to do these daily:
A lot of people apparently had a bad 2016 year. Post after post, pops up on my Facebook timeline. “Fuck 2016”, “2016 has been the worst year ever”, “I can’t wait for 2016 to be over”, “2016 has been a nightmare”. At the same time some of the same people can’t wait until 2017! These one’s leave me a bit baffled.
When you figure out what X is, you carry the 1 to a better life. Life is a never ending hustle. We engage in a constant battle of given and take, ups and downs.
I organized my Winter project for Seniors called Stocking For Seniors. In this initiative, I partnered with Villages of Africa, Fetch and Sleep EZ in Lewis Gale. They served as drop off locations. While their patrons stopped to drop off filled stockings packed with personal items, games, clothes, etc. Recipients were nominated by members of the community. I spent the days leading up to Christmas Eve delivering gifts for my Stockings for Seniors initiative. I did not get as many donations this year, but I was still able to deliver stockings of 18 seniors living at home! Every ounce of impact is necessary and proper.