My Conference Was A Success
Much to my surprise, my conference was a success, but it was not without it’s snags.
At 7:00 a.m. yesterday, I logged into my email account at work and found an email from one of my presenters saying that due to a “prior commitment”, he could not participate and that maybe if we’d given him more notice he would’ve been able to help us out.
He agreed to be part of our day nearly two months ago – he was the first presenter to agree, matter of fact. AND his email was in response to MY email from a WEEK AGO! He couldn’t do his stupid reply last week giving me time to replace him.
HE AGREED TWO MONTHS AGO!!!
Anyway – our guest speaker (who created a lot of my stress) was AWESOME! If you are in charge in anyway of getting motivational guest speakers for events – you need to hire Dr. Adolph Brown, III. He is well worth the money and headache you may get while preparing for his arrival.
He is a very kind man who (once he realized what trouble I was having fulfilling his requests on a state budget) pulled most of his requests out and told me not to worry about them.
We hired him to speak to a room full of high schoolers from the Richmond City Public Schools. He sat among them without them knowing who he was & many of them impressed him. When he got up to speak, it was stunning and their reactions were priceless.
He would be great to speak to adults about believing and leading today’s youth. He would be great to talk to a room of teens about self respect and success. He spoke to our teens on that and then tied it into encouraging them to become teachers (the point of our conference).
My planned tour was the biggest fart of the day. My tour guides were poopy participants and made the tour crap for some of the students. I know better next year and will use the school’s “ambassadors” even though they are not part of my grant.
The best part of my day – several of the grant’s steering committee, including my boss, congratulated me on pulling off an incredible conference almost single-handed. I made sure to include my co-worker friend, Trudy, who kept me calm and let me be her boss for a day. It felt so good to be recognized for my hard (and I mean HARD) work.
Anyway, I did get a little sleep Monday night (see previous post) and last night I slept so well I woke up thinking it was Saturday and that I had slept in (not like our cats would allow that!).
Going to class in a bit – missed Monday while working on my conference. Missed a test last night because of the conference, but I had called the professor Monday and he’d already told me not to worry about it.