Publishing The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher has yielded many blessings – and surprises.
Among the most pleasant surprises has been the invitation to speak to students about my first book.
I’ve visited a dozen schools, providing a handful of different messages to students of varying ages. One school wanted me to focus on the steps for publishing a book. One wanted me to highlight the evolution of my relationship with Brian. One wanted me to discuss writing as a potential career.
But most empowered me to share a presentation I’ve titled, “What Makes a Good Story?” In it, I engage students on the keys to their favorite stories, whether it’s Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I tell them the story of two boys who endured some challenges and achieved their dreams.
Those boys, of course, are Brian and myself.
The main points of the presentation is that many of the best stories feature a central character who has overcome something and someone, all the while believing in themselves.
But there are more surprises.
I’ve been invited to speak in the near future to a group of adults in career transition and to leaders at one of the largest companies in the Twin Cities.
Speaking has stoked two of my passions: Connecting with people and helping people.
I have a deep admiration for those committed to education, and I’m thankful to those who have allowed me to share my experiences and insights with their students.
Here is some feedback from those folks:
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