Over the past month, I have begun to organize my life and get into a routine; something I am finding I need! One of the things I have enjoyed thus far is getting into podcasting. If you haven’t had a chance to listen, I hope you will give me a try by going here: http://largentconsulting.org/podcast.html Honestly, I have never been much of a listener of podcasts, but after dabbling in it a bit, I have found a new world of information that is specific to one’s interests. So, give it a try and I would love if you would let me know what you think. If you like it, subscribe to my podcast and you will be notified each time we put out a new show. I plan to continue Season One as a weekly show through the November election, then start Season Two in February. So far, we are off to a great start with over 1,000 downloads and 500 subscribers in only a few short weeks.
To give a brief recap of my podcasts thus far, the first couple of shows were focused on being a “difference maker” and the importance of “relationships” in anything we do. I think we sometimes forget that, especially those of you in education, we are difference makers every day. Some child is looking to us for guidance, love, and compassion and we have an awesome opportunity to make a difference for the rest of that child’s life. If you choose to be sarcastic, rude, uncaring, unprepared, and generally mad at the world, your kids will remember that, too. So, I hope all of you will remember how important your role is, and that you will make it a point to wake up every morning with the goal of making a positive difference in this world.
In my second podcast, I talk about the importance of relationships and give some examples from people I have encountered in my career. Building positive relationships can be done with very little effort, but you need to make it part of your day, every day, in order for it to be sincere and effective.
I am wrapping up the month with a 3-part interview with Dr. John Kuhn, the superintendent of Mineral Wells ISD and an outspoken advocate for public education. I think you will enjoy our discussions on advocacy, innovations in education, the testing and accountability system, school finance, and the importance of educators getting involved in the voting process.
I hope those of you in education are off to a great start to your school year. It has been a little different for me not getting up and going to the office each day, but I am finding that I have plenty to do, the days go by fast, and I am excited about getting on the road with my new business and seeing old friends, working with my corporate partners, and continuing my advocacy for education.
Life is Good!
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