I was invited to attended the Network After Work event on July 21st in Hollywood, CA. My first experience with Network After Work was last month in June, and I’m appreciative that they invited me back so I could network and meet different like-minded people.
My first experience at the event was interesting because it was out of my comfort zone, but I was still able to network. I know what to expect this time around because I’m a little more seasoned about what the event has to offer.
During my last experience, I handed out about 30 business cards, and everybody that I met congratulated me for being a cancer survivor once I told them I was a two-time cancer survivor.
I’m looking forward to double what I did last time, and I want to sell myself so people could see my vison the way I do. I’m going to have extra business cards at this event, and looking to make some more personal connections.
I volunteered at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital on July 8th, and I ran into a fellow volunteer who I haven’t seen in a few weeks. When I first met her, I told her about my experience of being a cancer survivor and inspirational speaker.
She asked me if I had any new endeavors since the last time we talked. I told her I did a modified version of my speech with my PowerPoint at CSUSB Toastmasters, and the overall response from the audience was great. I also told her I did the best I could with the time I had, which was seven minutes.
I explained to her that it was hard to talk about 14 years of my life within seven minutes, but I was able to pull it off. I said the next time I present with no time restraints, it will be as I envisioned and will be great.
I also said that I was able to speak to the students at the school for the children’s hospital. I told her the teacher allowed me to do a questions and answers with the students, which was an overall great experience. When school starts in the fall, the teacher wants me to speak to the students again.
I told her about the Network After Work event that I was invited to in Hollywood, and she told me good luck and was still interested in hearing me speak one day.
* This week I decided to show my Grandmother my PowerPoint in its entirety, and I really wanted to get her personal input because she was with me when I was diagnosed with cancer as a child when I was 14 and 17 years old.
* Overall, my Grandmother loved it and expressed the PowerPoint showed who I am 110%. I told her being an inspirational speaker is the career path I’m taking. When I said that, she agreed and expressed that she couldn’t see me doing anything else because what I created could help people. She also said that I’ve been through too much already and I should do what makes me happy.
* Getting confirmation from my Grandmother made me feel great inside, because besides a few other family members. She was there through my whole cancer ordeal, and to get approval from her to follow my dream is all I need to give me strength and to keep moving forward.