Speaking Season: UMass Football

And so, it begins. Today, I spoke on Sexual Violence Intervention to 100 or so young men representing the University of Massachusetts football team. In a newly crafted presentation, I walked them through the parts of our nation’s epidemic that I am fairly certain other speakers do not cover because of my hybrid background in communications/PR and college athletics, and victims advocacy.

My new presentation, all nice and loaded up to the computer, moments before I was introduced. How I have managed to teach myself design mystifies me.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. The players had just finished practice in the heat and humidity of August two-a-days. And I was asking them to lend me their focus for an hour on difficult subject matter. But they stayed with me which was impressive and appreciated.

Loved starting this season of speaking at UMass where the Minutemen unis are superfly!

I had a strange moment right before taking the podium where I realized that I have spoken so much the past three years, and to all types of audiences in PR, business, sports and otherwise, that I instinctively knew what needed to be done to command their attention. And I felt calm and confident about it. I am not sure how it happened, but somewhere along the way, through all of the studying, and training, and volunteer hours as an advocate, I became the person I hoped to become, doing the kind of work I was born to do. So, UMass Football, I thank you for the honor of having your time and attention today. And, I hope, your respect. Because I won’t forget it, ever.

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