Irwin Middle & High School

Title: Irwin Middle & High School
Location: Ocilla, GA
Description: Assemblies
Date: 2009-04-27

The day started early – I got up at 6am. Why? Well mostly because I wanted to get some fishing in. That’s right! Caught me a couple of nice ones too!

Then it was off to do the assemblies. Phew! It must have been about 100 degrees in that gym! I don’t know about you guys, but I sure worked up a sweat. Hope you guys enjoyed yourselves. 🙂

Big thanks to Stephanie Wiiliamson for giving us a big wad of cash to get lunch…we filled up on the .99c menu at Peck’s, then blew the rest of the money on The Claw at Walmart…just kidding!

Well, Larry’s off to go jog in the woods (he’s getting ready for the Indianapolis Mini-marathon this coming weekend)…hopefully the rattlesnakes don’t get him, and I’m going to go do a bit more fishing. I LOVE to fish and never get a chance to do it – too busy.

Ocilla! Thanks for having us – we had a great time…only wish you were closer to the airport in Jacksonville…:-)

Dominion High School


Title:
Dominion High School
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Description: Assembly & Parent/Teacher Event
Date: 2009-04-20

Had an early morning today, heading out for the airport at 6am to be with all 1200 of you guys for the assembly. Nothing like a gymnasium packed with screaming kids to make my ADHD happy! I had a blast!

Then tonight we had a great turnout – 200+ students and parents, pretty good for a non-mandatory event. I’m so glad you all came out. I hope you could hear me (my voice is sort of not there right now, so hopefully a good night’s sleep will get it to come back). There were some great questions asked during the Q & A session – I’m sorry if I didn’t get to answer all of them – please post questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to either answer them directly or do a blog post about them, ok?

If there’s one thing that I need all you “special” people out there to know it is this: You are NOT alone! There are literally millions of people out there who have ADHD as well as other learning disabilities and not just kids, adults too! I believe the statistic is that only 15% of adults with ADHD ever get diagnosed. The rest of you just spend a lot of time wondering if you’re nuts. Well, you’re not! If what I shared tonight has you thinking that perhaps you may have ADHD, please do some research and educate yourself, then maybe, if you’re comfortable with it and can afford it, go get tested. The tests are not conclusive, but it might ease your mind some to know that ADHD is a possible diagnosis. Whatever the case may be, education is the key to successfully managing your symptoms and for creating a better life for yourself. Trust me, I’ve been there and being informed has made a world of difference in my life.

Anyway, enough of that. I’m exhausted and going to bed. Go Titans!! Night all!

North Carolina FBLA State Conference


Title:
FBLA State Conference
Location: Raleigh, NC
Start Date: 2009-04-16
End Date: 2009-04-17

What a great time last night! I was so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm that you guys had! Your speeches were amazing – there are going to be some incredible leaders out of North Carolina serving this country and the world in the future! It was an honor to play even a small role in helping you all be the best you can be. A huge thank you to Thomas for being on top of every detail and to Lorraine for making it all happen. God bless you!

Now, off to the workshop, then hopping on the plane to head home to Indy to spend a couple of days with the fam before I hit the road again.

South Dakota FBLA State Conference


Title:
FBLA State Conference
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Start Date: 2009-04-05
End Date: 2009-04-06

Landed in Aberdeen after an uneventful flight. The Minneapolis – Aberdeen leg of the flight was on one of those little prop planes…not really a fan of those. Looking forward to speaking tonight!

Update: Off the stage and back in my room taking it easy. Great time tonight, but man am I wiped out. Going to pass out shortly so I can be ready for my 8am workshop tomorrow. This is my first time in South Dakota…my first impression…it’s very flat here, not that I can talk coming from Indiana, and second is what’s with the snow??

Noblesville Middle School


Title:
Noblesville Middle School
Location: Noblesville, IN
Link out: Click here
Description: Assembly
Date: 2009-04-02

Had an awesome time with the 1300 students today! The gym was filled to the rafters. My video crew was there too getting some footage of the show for a new promotional video that I’m really excited about. And the Noblesville Times paper came out to check the action as well (read the article!).

Big thanks to Kyle Barrentine, the Principal of Noblesville Middle School for bringing me to speak to his students and teachers. Great group!

Let me know what you guys thought!