Last week a friend asked me to be an inspirational speaker for a junior high school in San Francisco. I was so down, but wasn’t sure if I’d be here or in Austin for SxSW.
SxSW came and I wasn’t there. I feel like attending things like SxSW needs to happen organically … and that wasn’t the case for me this year. However … I wasn’t super disappointed, based on having this epic opportunity to speak about design to a bunch of crazy kids.
On the day of the event, I arrived at the Junior High, signed in at the office, found the library, and waited for the other speakers to show up. As they arrived, I watched to see who else was in attendance, as suspected there were other teachers, counselors, business owners, and then the first curve ball when a Kung Fu master walked in, followed by the second surprise, a US Marshal.
In my head I thought “I don’t want to end up in either of those guys rooms! How would I ever compete with them?” (Not that it’s a competition … but it is … right?!) Everybody had arrived and the organizer assigned the rooms. I was assigned my room, I entered, and a few seconds later the US marshal walked. With him he brought his handcuffs, leg cuffs, chest cuffs and his full body armor. He hadn’t even spoken yet and I was impressed! When he did speak, he did a great job, the kids cheered and asked questions, then suddenly it was my turn.
The only way I was going to “win” this “competition” was to enter the stage in a super high-energy and engaging manner. So that’s exactly what I did! Music blasted from my boombot, DING, DING, DING, Stefan enters the stage, “What up? Who likes to have fun?” My speech had begun and I had successfully gained their attention. When all was said and done, I decided my speech went amazingly and I had a blast … so SUCCESS!!!
Now I want to do it again!
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