So.... I am taking an intersession Advanced Public Speaking Class at my college, The University of Missouri Kansas City. It is by far the most intense schedule I have ever seen. Since we are doing in 15 days what it takes most 18 weeks to accomplish, you can imagine what the work load looks like.
My professor, Dr. Linda Kurz, assigned to us our first 8-10 minute, power point, informative speech last week. "What the heck am I going to talk about with so little time to prepare?" I thought to myself. I was trying to remain aware of my 20 something audience. She had suggested to all of us that we try to write our speeches on something we know because obviously we didn't have the time most students do to research a topic. Even though I didn't think the kids, and that is what we all are, in my class would be too terribly interested in real estate, I went for it anyway.
I presented my speech on "The Four Major Steps to Buying a Home" last night and you would not believe the response! These young adults were so eager for someone to simply explain the process to them. Even though it was an 8 minute speech, I must have stood up there for 20 more minutes just answering questions! One young man in my class is going to start working for a large computer company here in Kansas City and has no idea what to do with the money he will be making... "Buy a house!" Then there was the young lady who is engaged to be married and she and her husband needed information on what to do... "Buy a house!" Even my professor was asking me questions about what kind of return she could expect for redoing her kitchen or bathroom which opened the door for me to run comps for her on her area.
We can't count out our youth, especially the ones ambitious enough to sign up for a class like that! Establishing long lasting relationships with the younger generation is a smart move to help those first time buyers.