Over the past 6 years, I have been giving sold out lectures at universities, colleges, high schools, businesses and seminars across the United States, as well as some in England and Japan. The main topic—amongst many others—is, How to start or excel with a unique business, idea, or passion with little-to-no start up money. Teaching rules! However, it wasn’t always easy-breezy during the early days when I spoke at my first school…
Six years ago I was asked by a professor at Northeastern University to share my story and advice with their students. I turned this opportunity down several times as it was going to be a speaking engagement that I just wasn’t so engaged about. To be honest, I was nervous. The last time I had really stood in front of a class to give a presentation was when I attended high school, and even that was a murky memory that I wasn’t thrilled to re-visit.
A few more requests came in from that professor, as well as some other schools, such as Babson College. Eventually, I sucked it up and went to Northeastern to speak. I shoveled some shirts, props, and giveaways inside of three plastic Stop & Shop grocery bags. Oh yeah, couldn’t forget my extra deodorant for my extra nervousness/hot-flashes.
I walked into the room and could barely see the floor as there were so many people in attendance. This didn’t help my nerves one bit! An hour went by and it felt as if all of my words just burbled out of my mouth like a little boy who just got novocaine from the dentist. It seemed to be a success though! People clapped, everyone took notes and most of all, people listened. It really hit me when I got home and received dozens of e-mails from now-motivated, inspired students and teachers—which in return further inspired me to keep teaching and to brush up on my speaking skills. Done and done.
If you’d like me to lecture at your college, high school, university or event—pass along this link to your local promoter, principal, teachers or student activities council in whichever ways you deem fit: http://www.johnnycupcakes.com/lectures