Monday, March 14, 2011

Major Speaking Engagement and Another Radio Interview!

The past week was more hectic than I could possibly tell you. It seems like every step I take there's much more work to be done. Whether it's in my accounting and tax life or my Upbeat Dad life, it seems that there aren't enough hours in the day to do all I need to do.

The windows of opportunity to share the message of the Upbeat Dad are swinging wide open. Last week was really special. With today's post, I'd like to focus on two things that I consider to be the highlights of the week.

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking at a meeting here in South Florida. It was no ordinary meeting - it was with the Broward Healthy Start Coalition. The organization funds certain agencies that provide resources and services for mothers and babies. I spoke before some executives with that organization as well as executives of the agencies that they fund.

At the meeting, I shared my vision for The Upbeat Dad and the response was overwhelming, to say the least. It just proves to me that the message about having actively involved fathers in the lives of kids is resonating with the public. You know that in that meeting, of the approximately 25 persons present, I was 1 of only 2 males. There I was talking about fatherhood issues with a group of mostly women and they thoroughly embraced the vision. I anticipate that we will be doing some good work with these agencies in the months and years to come.

This vision is one that I couldn't contain even if I tried - it's just too powerful; it's life-changing and I want to ensure that it gets shared with the world. Speaking of "the world", at the meeting a request was made for us to begin doing forums and other events for the Spanish speaking population here in Florida. I absolutely love the idea! I've always said that our message is universal so doing events in other languages is a natural progression as we carry out our vision.

I speak a bit of Spanish - quite a bit, in fact. But I think we'll utilize the services of translators as we move towards this area. My wife's first language is French so I think I've got a built-in translator for when we get to doing events for French speaking audiences.

What I'm saying through all this is that the vision is unfolding and lives are being impacted in a meaningful way. I couldn't be more pleased. It's a lifelong mission and vision so these critical first several steps are a key to it all.

The next thing from last week that I'd like to highlight is a radio interview that I had. I was invited to do an hour long interview in the studio of a local radio station here in the Miami area on Thursday night. That was truly special!

I've been on the radio a few times this year. I did an announcement for our Upbeat Dad Community Forum.Then I had a live interview on BBC radio last month.That's one of the special moments of my life - being interviewed by such a respected news organization.

Rodrick with Donneth Wedderburn, Host
 Thursday night's interview was pretty special in its own right. It was an hour so I had much more time to share what's going on with our organization and the leaps and bounds that we're making.

The interview was with the director and public relations officer for Family and Friends Connections, a local non-profit organization. They're both female so I shared quite a bit of information from my unique perspective as a man and as a dad. I thought it was great.

I posted a couple announcements on Facebook and sent some tweets announcing the interview. It was broadcast locally and live on the internet. It wasn't archived on the site so if you missed it, you'll probably just have to take my word that it was a great interview. Don't worry though - there's much more to come. We're moving forward and doing great things so you'll have many more opportunities to hear our message other than by reading it.

Debbie Brown, Co-Host
There was much more that happened last week but let me leave it at that for now. Great things are going on as our vision unfolds. Stay engaged with us because lives are being touched through our message.

I hope that you can feel the energy in the air because something great is happening. Hearts are being healed and families are becoming more fortified as a result of our work together. I often say that you're a huge part of this vision because without you reading and sharing our message with others, all this wouldn't be possible. So I thank you with every fiber of my being.

Another great week lies ahead, I believe. I hope that for you and your family, you'll have a special time in all that you do. Life is all about giving, living and loving. That's what make our journey so special!

All the best to you and yours. Let's make it a great week.

The Upbeat Dad

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