A Golden Opportunity

SSG Anton Kiren, the recruiter from the US Army, recently contacted Joe Urbaszewski at Rim of the World High School, asking him if he would tandem parachute jump with the US Army Golden Knights. He told Joe there was no pressure, but he needed to know in ten minutes. Joe of course said, “Yes!” He was thrilled to be offered the opportunity, as the Golden Knights are very well known for their thrilling acrobatics in air shows.

Joe Urbz, who teaches TV-Video Production, was excited to find out how much the US Army uses multimedia. A videographer jumps with each group to document the maneuvers, for training and competitions. Back on the ground, they use similar video editing software, and techniques that Joe teaches in his classroom. He learned about the individual jobs that each member was responsible for, how they began their careers, and career options that were available in multimedia. It was a great informational day to discuss jobs within the military that align with the ROP classes that Joe teaches.

The Knights Tandem team arrived at Skydive Perris to a foggy, drizzly day. They rounded up the educators, and bounced right into training mode. The educators were instructed in safety and procedures, and had a day filled with lively activities, interacting with the high-spirited Knight’s, and the recruiter group. Joe completed his tandem jump with SFC Brian Sealing, as the weather cleared to a bright and sunny day. Everyone was amazed to see a golden eagle soaring with the gold and black parachutes, as they glided downward through the sky.

As a recruiter, SSG Kiren loves to be able to offer these types of activities to teachers that have gone above and beyond for their students and communities.  Our ROP teachers offer real-world job experiences and knowledge to our students, and deserve recognition for the awesome jobs they do every day. Our interactions with SSG Kiren have shown us that he is not only dedicated to his job of recruiting for careers within the US Army, but works to make sure that our students are educated in the responsibilities of service, so they can make informed decisions. We applaud his honesty and genuine drive to help our students reach their career goals, and give our thanks for his service to our country.

Joe can now say he is part of the VIP group of tandem jumpers, which includes former President Bush, Bill Murray, Tiger Woods and Tony Stewart. Thank you SSG Kiren, and the US Army, for rewarding our ROP teacher, Joe Urbz, with one of the most exhilarating experiences of his life.

 

 

Building Relationships

The question I get asked the most is “How do I build my network?”

It’s one of those things that makes me sit back and sigh. You see, I don’t believe in networking for humans. Networking to me is cables and wires and routers, oh my!  I know what the term means, but humans haveNetworking servers and stations RELATIONSHIPS. You cannot hold a good, solid conversation with a server. So, my response to the question is always, “Let’s talk about building your relationships instead.”

Humans naturally navigate to other people that are just like them. It’s where we feel the most comfortable. We prefer to be around those that think like us, act like us, etc. But the true value in relationships is the differences that set us apart. There’s a reason why diversity in a workplace is so valued. Each person brings in different viewpoints, ideas, and procedures into the business, based on their background. A person’s background is as varied as a fingerprint. Everyone matters, all opinions have worth.

That said, who are the people you currently have relationships with? In order to add more contacts, I suggest you look at who you have in your circle right now. What are their skills, their jobs, their businesses? What types of personalities? Are they all conservative? Nothing makes more fun than throwing a liberal into a group of conservatives. Shark tank! Make a list. There is something visual about a list that makes you put two and two together easier.

Now that you have taken stock of who you have, and reviewed their list of skills and personalities, look closely for what’s missing. I recently took a look at my own circle, and found out that I had surrounded myself with people that agreed with me on almost all points, which does me no good whatsoever. I need people to argue with me, make me think of things I haven’t thought of before. People that stand their ground, and fight to the death over what they know and believe. People who don’t let me steamroller them. Hmm… Sounds like I need to find more people like my husband!

Your next step is to seek out the types people you need to add into your mix. Where do you find them? Have lunch with someone you normally wouldn’t. Introduce yourself to a different department, show interest in their jobs, find out why they’re valuable to the organization. People love to talk to others about what they do. Need a conversation starter? “So, what are you working on that’s really exciting to you?”  This question leads to either personal or professional answers, and can tell you a lot about a person. Remember to keep the focus of the conversation on them, and be an active listener. What you learn can make them a great addition to your circle, and you a great addition to theirs.

Quote of the Week:  “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”– Dale Carnegie

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