Speaking at the AEPi conclave was a great experience

In last week’s post, I shared my excitement of being able to contribute last Saturday to my fraternity’s western region conclave being held on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. My fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, has become one of the largest college fraternities and has chapters on campuses all around the world.

The conclave did indeed attract about 800 college students from up and down the west coast. I headed up a Career Panel from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. and had 40 minutes to present to the students in attendance the essence of my Roadmap to Success program. The title of the program was: Creating an Outrageously Wonderful Future.

I must admit that I was a bit nervous about presenting really fundamental spiritual principles to a group of college students and I was concerned they wouldn’t get it and would walk out on me. But I’m delighted to report that didn’t happen. I had their undivided attention and after getting a standing ovation, many of them came up to me and thanked me for my contribution. I invited them to give me their names and e mail addresses so I could send them a handout and put them on my mailing list and I’d say about half of them did that.

While the drive to Santa Barbara took about 3 hours and the drive home took even longer, I drove home with a smile on my face, feeling like I had made a difference in the lives of those college students. I’ll really never know if that was the case or not but who knows. Maybe one of the attendees will do something dramatic in the world and mention publicly that it all started the day he heard a talk at UC Santa Barbara in 2015.

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