Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Power of Words - How You Say Something Cannot Be Taken Lightly

We hosted a leadership conference here at BHS yesterday with over 300 freshmen from 23 local high schools. The keynote speaker was Ed Gerety, a motivational speaker who has written a great book for high school students titled - Combinations - Opening The Door To Student Leadership.

Prior to the start of the program, the video above was shown.  It was a great reminder that I need to spend more time on the words I use when delivering messages in both my professional and personal life. Sometimes great motives can be derailed by a poorly delivered message.  However, when we take the time to carefully consider our words, we can greatly enhance our chances for success.

The final words in the video are ones we all need to embrace - "Change your words, change your world."


  1. I wish I had heard about this conference prior to this moment. This looks amazing! I never heard about it. I must have missed the blog the day it was announced. I think BHS needs a more effective way to reach every parent, not just the ones who remembered to check the blog. Can the school request email addresses for a parent emailing of important information such as this? I am really disappointed that my daughter missed out.

  2. Very powerful clip. Thanks for posting and thanks for hosting the leadership conference. In addition to educating our students on "reading, writing, and math" we need to engage them in real world wisdom....When a major news event happens, I often ask if it's been discussed at school and I often hear back that it's not. This surprises me, because whatever the news, there's always an academic tie that should be highlighted.

  3. Thanks for the comments! In regards to the news on the Leadership Conference for students to attend, it was not an open invite to all 9th graders. We only had 10 students attend from BHS and they were selected from leadership position within the class. I wish we could have had every 9th grader attend!

    In regards to talking about current events, I agree wholeheartedly!

  4. Hey Patrick,
    Here is the original version of the video... longer, more artistic, and not a commercial:
    Great stuff!