Although I miss writing my Hotel Chronicles, one of the best parts of this new Sales role is the fact that I make my own schedule. On a day where I made sales calls early, I was able to skip lunch to be the guest speaker for career day at Tali 1′s school.
I spoke to two sets of kids. First up, the 4th graders. They were very organized and had a list of questions to ask me. They also took notes in their notebooks while I spoke and had follow up questions for me at the end of my presentation. I kept looking over and I could see how happy my son was that I was in his class. His teacher told me I was the most engaged parent so far. The kids had lots of questions about how many famous people I met, do I get to see any of the Eagles (especially De Sean Jackson and Michael Vick) and are the people at the hotel really mean? I practiced role playing with them and made them act like the angry guest while I diffused each situation with a smile.
After the 4th grade, I was in front of the 2nd and 3rd graders. They had a slightly lower attention span and I was keeping them from lunch so I made it more fun. They also had a great time asking lots of questions and letting me know about ALL of the hotels, cruises, car trips and pools they have been to. My favorites were the ones who raised their hands frantically and when they got called on froze up and said “I forgot my question!”. So cute!
School trips are not my favorite but career day was fun. I started out in my career as a teacher so having the opportunity to get back in a classroom was fun. Sometimes, I miss engaging with young people but being able to speak about all of my travels, cool customers and crazy groups made me realize that I really do love my job. I’m not missing a thing.
I can’t wait till Tali 1 gets home so I can hear what the kids “really” thought. Maybe I will do it again next year?