Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Speaking

I write a lot about my speaking to students, young people at detention centers and to adults when I am invited.

A couple of weeks ago a teacher utilized the video production class equipment at his high school and videoed one of my classroom talks for me. Unfortunately the class was shortened by 12 minutes due that day being an assembly day so I had to edit myself on the fly. However I tried to make sure I captured what I think are the most important parts of my story.

At this time I have stopped talking at our local high school out of respect to our son. He ask me not to talk there while his stepdaughters are attending that school.

This talk was given at Blue Valley Southwest in Leawood, KS.

Attached is a link to the video. If you take the time to watch it, I am always open for helpful critiques. (It's that nasty habit of mine of always asking, "What did I learn?")

Feel free to share this with others that you think it might help.



Anonymous said...

Just watched the video. Powerful message. I've read on your blog before about your son asking you to hold your breath but needed that reminder.
Thanks for sharing this and for talking to all of those kids. I'm sure it makes a difference in a lot of lives.


Anonymous said...


Thank you for posting the video. Your blog was one of the first I discovered when our family was in the midst of the addiction nightmare and I have followed you since. I wish someone like you had talked with my son when was in high school. It might have changed his path. Your ability to put your experience into words and share with these kids is commendable. I know you are making a difference.


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