Programming Vice President Erin Poltorak - May

Have you ever taken the time to think about what your 30 second "elevator speech" would be about the Jaycees? This is something that is brought up often in training's. Well my elevator speech is always pretty simple. "The Jaycees is an organization that gives you the opportunity to experience something you might not ever have the opportunity to in day-to-day living." So, what does that mean to me? It means that you are able to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. You don't need to know how to do every thing or be perfect at it. You are surrounded by a network of supporters who want to help you gain knowledge and experience new learning opportunities.

So how can the state board help you gain knowledge and skills through that network? Conference competitions! It is again that time of year for you to sign up for these opportunities. The following link is where, you as an individual, can sign up for the Mackinac Island, May 13th Competitions of Impromptu Speak-up, Impromptu Write-up, Prepared and Master Speak-up and Debate.

What other ways can you step out of your comfort zone? One way is to take small steps. Do you have a project you want to propose within your chapter... contact an established member and run the idea past them.  Ask them for help in pitching it to the board and then eventually chair that project! Remember each small step creates a large impact. This is your network of peers that will encourage you to step past that comfort zone.

May Michigander