Victorian Schools - Speaker Tour
My first tour of the year, and it was one I was incredibly excited about!
There’s endless hours of planning that goes into a tour. I have to liaise with schools, understand locations, specific angles, or topics, each school would like me to focus on, and then put it all together into a week.
I’m good as a motivational speakers for schools, guest speaker for events, but.... I’m not the best with my geography, so lucky google maps has my back.
I was leaving home (Sydney) on the Monday, and I thought it be best to drive. I had a morning talk on the Tuesday booked in at Rutherglen Primary YRS 3-6, and a couple of other talks at the top of Victoria the same day and evening, so I wanted to break the drive up by staying the Monday night in Rutherglen. The itinerary looked something like this…
Leave Sydney 1PM
5 hours 35 min drive to Rutherglen
Staying overnight in Rutherglen.
2 min drive to first talk
Tue School 1 – Guest Speaker Victoria, Rutherglen Primary (YRS 3-6) 200 students 9:30 AM
2 hour drive to second talk.
Tue School 2 – School Speakers Victoria, Echuca Twin Rivers (YRS 3-6) 70 students 2:15 PM
2 hours 20 min drive to third talk.
Tue School 3 – Motivational Speaker at St Joseph’s Primary, Beechworth (Parent & Student Evening) 6:30 PM
2 hours 50 min drive to accommodation at Gisborne
20 min drive to School 1
Wed School 1 – Speaker at Melton West Primary (YRS 5-6), 9 AM 185 students.
4 min drive to second talk
Wed School 2 – Guest Speaker for Coburn Primary (YRS 5-6), 10:30 AM start 170 Students.
45 min drive to accommodation, Best Western 14 The Link, Morang, 3082.
1 hour 45 drive to School 1
Thu School 1 – Inspiring schools speakers, Rushworth P-12 (YRS7-9), 9 AM
1 hour 45 drive to School 2
Thu School 2 – Motivational Speakers, The Lakes South Morang (YRS 7,8,9) 1:30 PM
50 min drive to Accommodation, The Waverley International Hotel.
6 min drive to school 1
Fri School 1 – Guest Speaker Melbourne, Burwood Heights Primary (YRS 4-6) 150 students 9 AM
15 min drive to school 2
Fri School 2 – Melbourne Motivational Speakers, Lyndale Secondary College 180 students 10:30 AM
So…. That was the trip planned.
The morning of the trip, I realized my car was due for a service – my attention to detail isn’t the best. I like to convince myself it’s because I’m a big picture type guy and small details get in the way of that. I suppose driving to Melbourne in a car that needs a service isn’t really a small detail though.
Anyways… a quick call to the mechanic and he said could get it done in time.
After picking my car up a few hours later I headed home to pack the car.
I’m a bit of a routine type of guy so I had to pack a few crucial items…
Ninja Bullet (my important shakes)
Pillow (would die without)
Laptops with USB’s, Powerpoint Pointer, and cords that will go into any schools projector (crazy how many different output cords are needed because of different schools)
And then, of course, my clothes.
Packing the car, I was good to go.
Driving out of the suburbs and onto the highway, I chucked on my favourite podcast at the moment, The MFCEO.
After a few hours of cruising and having enough of the podcast, I turned it off and sat in silence. The sun starting to set, I put the window down, and felt the cool air. I had an ultimate sense of fulfillment and gratitude. Smiling as I cruised along, I thought back over the last 10 years of my life.
Small moments of sadness as I remembered some people who were no longer in my life, were replaced with a thanks that I’m still here. Not only am I still here, but I’m now helping people out of that life that took away a lot of my friends.
When my mind is rested and still, I come up with ideas. Ideas are from beyond thought, so I rest my mind as much as possible to help with my creativity. An idea shot into my mind as I cruised along. The idea was about a new topic for a video. I wanted to show how I became a motivational speaker, but then relate it back to the listener and any ideas that they may be holding back from. It’s a great clip (I think so haha) so check it out