Friday, April 18, 2008

Mr. Professor at your service

I don't want to make more of this than it really is, but I wanted to share something pretty cool I got to do last night. A few weeks back I was asked to be a guest speaker for a college class at Kent State University and last night was the scheduled night. Guest speaker sounds a little tame to what actually happened, though. From the moment I walked in the door I realized I wouldn't just be speaking, I was actually going to be teaching the class. (read--the professor was kind of a stump--) I don't mean for that to sound bad, because the whole thing was pretty enjoyable.

The class was called "Professional Selling Techniques" and had only about ten to fifteen students; all of them in their early to mid twenties. I had planned on speaking about Banking sales since it's such a unique process compared to other types of salesmanship. But then I found out there had been another speaker a week or two earlier who was also a bank manager. So in an effort not to bore the students, I decided to speak on the all-too-often cliche selling tips and ideals and rules as they are usually presented, and whether or not the lot of them really matter. I figured these students were taking the class for only two reasons: 1) to fill an elective, or 2) because they wanted to be a good (or better) salesperson. So in the hopes that the majority were there for number two, the most effective thing I could do for them was share what worked and what didn't.

I'd prepared about fifteen minutes of material, but the class went for an hour and ten minutes. Partly because I talk a lot, but more largely because I really got the students to interact and have discussions around the topics I presented. I'm fairly good at getting people to talk, so this was fun for me. I've been told on many occasions I'd make a good teacher, and I have to say... last night was great. Maybe in my next lifetime. For now you can call me Professor Sam.


Blogger Sweet Peripety said...

sounds great! Rich has taught classes on occassion and I know he is really good at that. It's nice to get different things to do from your day to day job.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

Hi, Professor Sam;-)

7:36 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

thats awesome dude! way to be collegiate!

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congradulations, proud of you. Glad you enjoyed and others 'profitted'from it.


11:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hello Professor Sam, you can teach me anytime!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Laura G. Young said...

That sounds like an interesting talk. :)

After years in retail sales, the same managerial pep talks got really old.

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Sam for coming in and teaching! I talked to some students afterwards and you were a hit!


8:46 AM  

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