It’s always fascinating to see the web of my world come to life. Yes, I didn’t grow up in Massachusetts, but my mother did and my parents lived here for quite a while before we moved to Miami. Even now, after 15 years, I have connections where I least expect it. One of those connections brought me to visit the Lowell Rotary Club in September to talk about Modern Persuasion. Here is a little more about the experience.
I know very little about the Rotary Club and it’s mission, at least not as much as I could know. Obviously, I did my own research about the club. I am familiar with other civic organizations. My grandfather has been a member of the Lion’s Club in his town for longer than I have been alive. As a child I did speaking competitions sponsored by Optimist International. Even in college, before I failed out, I was part of Alpha Phi Omega, which is a co-ed fraternity focused on civic engagement and volunteering.
When I was asked to speak at one of their weekly meetings in September, I was excited to build some local connections. I have been very aware of branching out to new groups locally, especially with the Creaticity event a few days before my visit to the Rotary Club. One of the things I have learned from a variety of places is to be able to speak to more than the book itself. I have sat through enough book and poetry readings to know there is an attention span limit for readings. I also believe not everyone wants to hear about writing and publishing the book. I have been thinking about what I want to speak about when I have to talk to non-readers. I decided to use what I prepared for Creaticity and really develop that further.
It was an interesting meeting with singing and a nice lunch. Members are a mix of long time members and younger local professionals. I met a bunch of interesting local people and shared my experience with failure, mistakes, and regret. I strongly suspect this is going to be the topic I speak about often.
I hope to be able to get to speak to more local groups. It prompted me to create an information sheet about me as a speaker. It’s something I can easily do as a webpage too and can put on both my professional portfolio and my author webpage. Until then, let me know if you would like me to speak to a group in person or virtually!