“Each of you want to spend the next 4+ years at a college, most likely graduating with debt, & you’re not sure why you’re going?” Silence.

How to gain respect from a high school business class of 25 as a speaker by your first impression: give them munchkins.

And then things get real….

“By a show of hands, how many of you want to go to college?” About 90% hands went up.

“Keep your hand up if you want to share why you want to go to college.” All hands go down.

“Raise your hand if you know why you want to go but just don’t want to share.” All hands stay down.

“Each of you want to spend the next 4+ years at a college, most likely graduating with debt, & you’re not sure why you’re going?” Silence.

And they sat in silence until answers were shared.

“In a business, we know that your product/service needs a characteristic that makes them unique among their competitors- something that makes them stand out. What’s your USP (unique selling proposition)? What differentiates you? What is a strength/skill that you have that may make you more fit for a certain job, position, or opportunity?” Silence.

And they sat in silence until answers were shared.

Silence isn’t always comfortable, but it’s necessary. It’s important to do the deep dives in your “whys,” into who YOU are as an individual, & how you’re going to succeed by being the best version of YOU.

In Norwalk High School on this day, the journey to finding themselves started with a munchkin.

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