The response was basically that it would be awesome to have me back for the seminar… so naturally, I got my thoughts together and put some slides into a somewhat cohesive PowerPoint and hit the road to basically do some shameless self-promotion as speaker/coach/consultant.
I sought advice from friends/colleagues on how best to relate to and reach/engage the students, as it has been a few years since I last gave the undergrad seminar. The responses were disappointing, but not surprising – “Hey Aaron, you know… a lot has changed – You’ll be lucky to capture 20% of the audience, and you probably won’t hold on to more than 5-10% through the end of seminar.”
Let’s just say, that for once in my life I got to be the one who wrecked the curve, just in a truly awesome and amazing way! The weird part? I was blocking so hard at the end of it – I didn’t even realize that I got a standing ovation… as an engineering seminar speaker… Humbling is just the start of how I felt about it. But anyway – click the link and give it a watch (or listen) and see for yourself.
The graphic that goes with the very unusual title is my take on the idea that any given moment in time along your life’s journey is a “Eutectic Point”. (Engineering/science nerdery… if you get it, cool! Want to look it up – also cool! Don’t care even a little? Also, super cool – it’s not necessary to the point of the talk!)