A few weeks ago, I was speaking at a school district in Louisiana. When it comes to working with teachers, Louisiana is one of my favorite states. I don’t know what they put in the Cajun spices, but that place is overflowing with talented, creative, and passionate educators.
The truth is, over the last decade as I have traveled the country from coast-to-coast presenting my Teach Like A Rock Star professional development events I have found that there are amazing educators everywhere! I have had the opportunity to speak at hundreds of school districts, individual schools, and education conferences of all kinds. Even though every venue is unique, from the inner city schools in Chicago, the suburban schools outside of Houston, schools in our heartland, to the rural schools nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, I have witnessed the life-changing impact that occurs as a result of what these heroic teachers - the best of the best in the education profession - have to offer.
At each presentation, these outstanding teachers always come up to the edge of the stage to chat during the breaks. Honestly, this is one of the things I treasure most about presenting. One after another, teachers line up to share their personal stories about their classrooms and the kids to whom they have committed their lives. There simply aren't words to describe how meaningful those moments are to me. I truly love listening to their stories and watching them beam with joy and pride as they tell me about their amazing kids and the incredible experiences that are happening in their classrooms. The breaks only last a few minutes, but what those teachers share with me will last a lifetime.
As teachers gather around, and I listen to these phenomenal educators talk, I always think to myself, “Why aren’t THESE teachers out there sharing their passion with other educators. These people really should be presenting their knowledge and talents and experiences with educators everywhere. Our schools need them! Other teachers need them!! Our KIDS need them!!”
For the last few years, as I have met hundreds upon hundreds of these rock star teachers, I started asking, “Have you ever thought about sharing your information and passion for what you do with the rest of us? Have you ever considered doing professional development presentations for schools, districts, and conferences locally, or even nationally?"
The answers were always the same:
“How would that be possible?"
"I wouldn’t even know where to start.”
"I’m not sure how I would go about that.”
“Do you mean like a business where I charge money? I don't know anything about that.”
Do you know what? Once I thought about all that’s involved with my professional development business, it would seem that they’re 100% correct. When I sit down and think about the last 10 years and all the details went into building what my business is today, I can totally see how it would appear to be overwhelming. But, even though it has the perception of being overwhelming, that doesn't mean it actually is.
Eventually, I started asking teachers, “What if . . . ? "
"What if I helped you get started with building your own professional development business?"
"What if I created a mentoring program that was custom built and specifically designed just for you?"
"What if I were to hold your hand as we work through every detail of putting it together?"
"What if I coached you, one-on-one, to help you design it, develop it, and deliver it?"
"What if, based on my experience and those of dozens of other presenters across the nation, I showed you exactly what to do do and how to do it?"
"What if we worked together step-by-step from our first brainstorming and goal setting conversation to your first paid presentation?"
"What if you had that kind of help, would you feel totally confident that you could do it?”
Of course, every single time the answer was always an immediate and resounding, “With that kind of help, HECK YES, I COULD DO IT!!
After having this conversation with literally hundreds of teachers, I decided that I would put together an individualized mentoring program that is specifically designed to help those teachers who are driven to make an more of an impact - and, more income - by sharing their knowledge, experiences, and passion at schools, districts, and conferences.
So, after thinking about it; developing it; designing it; re-designing it; and, re-re-designing it - it's finally ready . . .
We’re at a critical time in education: Our schools need you. Our teachers need you. Most importantly, our KIDS need you. And, I am determined to work tirelessly to help you, coach you, and mentor you every step of the way so that you can launch a successful business that meets those needs.
I created the Shout It From The Rooftops! mentorship for that handful of unique educators that are driven to have an exponential impact. That is, not just an impact on the lives of their own students, but, in a addition, to have a direct impact on other educators which indirectly affects the lives of those students, as well.
The Shout It From The Rooftops! mentorship is extremely thorough and custom built for each participant. Therefore, listing the specifics of all that is covered during the 8-week process is impossible. Each person has their own very specific needs based on their ultimate personal, and professional, goals. Some people want to be a full-time presenter at conferences across the nation, while others prefer to present part-time at local schools. So, our first step is to have a conversation about what you want to accomplish: What are you goals? What are your dreams? If you could create the perfect PD business, what would it look like? It's been my experience that it will be obvious to both of us within the first few minutes of that initial conversation whether or not we would be a good fit together.
For just a moment, think back to all those times that you sat through a professional development presentation. (And, I'm the first to admit, that most PD is mediocre, at best.) Are you like me? Did you ever have the thought, "I could do this!" During those presentations were you thinking of all the ways you would present the information differently, or better, or more effectively? Have you ever thought to yourself, "I think I could be really good at this!" Have you ever envisioned yourself as the one standing before the audience, rather than just sitting in the audience? If fact, maybe professional development presentations are something that you've done throughout your career, but you have just never been paid for it.
If so, then you and I should talk. I created this for you.
If you feel like this is something that you're compelled to do - making more of an impact while making more income - then click one of the "More impact. More income." buttons on this page. We'll schedule a call that's convenient for both of us. It should only take 15 or 20 minutes and you'll know right away if this is what you've been searching for.
Let's do this,