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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2001: A Speaking Odyssey

Yesterday was a career day in Chesterton, Indiana! Each time I've set a new mark I've said, "I can never top this" but this time I think I'm sure.

Today is my third day in Chesterton and getting here was rather a neat chain of event. It all started by a parent with a couple kids with Asperger diagnosis wanting me to speak in the schools. She saw me on WGN last spring during my tour. She sought out the funding and the Duneland YMCA came on board to sponsor and from all that I have been on a whirlwind tour of the area.

Monday night I had an open to the public presentation and despite the snow, 100 people showed up. Yesterday I spoke to three different schools and spoke to half the high school. It was four presentations and at the end of the day I spoke to 2,001 people.

After my four presentations I had a hard time the rest of the day putting in perspective the impact of such a day. I'll have that feeling again, today, as I have three presentations and when it is all said and done every student from 5th grade to a senior in high school in the town of Chesterton will have heard me speak.

So what does this all mean? If we're speaking strictly numbers my yearly numbers will eclipse 10,000 today which is probably impressive. But, to be able to speak to every student like I have? What does that mean? What's the impact?

Several times yesterday during the Q & A segments, I gave an answer of where I was four years ago. Never could I have imagined a day like yesterday. I'm pretty sure I would have said that winning the Powerball lottery would have better odds than me being a speaker like this. And yet, I come back to the question, what's the impact?

It's easy to understand the impact when you reach one parent, but 2,001 students? As I think about this I almost shake at the scope of this. And since the scope is so great I don't know if we can even measure the everlasting effects from yesterday.

Whatever the impact is, it's time for me to leave to do it all over again today. I'm going to remember these three days in Chesterton forever!

6 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm Natalie, an eighth grade student at Chesterton Middle School. I just wanted to say that hearing you speak today was absolutely fascinating and enlightening. And I wanted to personally (if it's over the internet, is it still personal?) thank you for coming in. My friends and I talked about your presentation, how much we enjoyed it, and what positive feelings we took away from it for the rest of our day. Thank you so much for coming in!

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  2. Hi, I'm Natalie, an eighth grade student at Chesterton Middle School. I just wanted to say that hearing you speak today was absolutely fascinating and enlightening. And I wanted to personally (if it's over the internet, is it still personal?) thank you for coming in. My friends and I talked about your presentation, how much we enjoyed it, and what positive feelings we took away from it for the rest of our day. Thank you so much for coming in!

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  3. Aaron,

    I would like to personally thank you for helping the Duneland YMCA make such an amazing impact within our community. At the Y, we are all about story telling. Your story is truly amazing and inspirational. Thank you!

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  4. Aaron,

    My name is Melissa. I work at the Duneland Family YMCA. I cannot express how valuable your presentation was for me! I learned a great deal during your inspirational story! I can honestly say that the information you provided to us all will having a lastly impact on me and the children that I see everyday!

    Thank you so very Much!

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  5. Aaron,

    It was really great hearing you speak on Monday evening. Thank you so much for visiting Chesterton and sharing your story :)

    Emily Hoge
    Duneland YMCA

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