TRIPLE III TIME: A Special Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony Speech

MicrophoneSeveral months ago, I was asked to be the 2020 Graduation Ceremony Speaker at a local high school!  Of course, I said “YES!!” and began planning what I would say when the May 29th date arrived.  Well as you can guess, the COVID-19 issue has caused the cancelation of almost all major social gathering events and it quickly became an alternative challenge to prepare a video-version of my speech.

Please know that: (1) I completed it well ahead of schedule, (2) I had great extra video-prep help to make it look cool, and (3) just to make sure everyone viewing it enjoyed the messages… I began the speech with a GOATS (Greatest Of All Time Speaker) package of helpful hints… that I “magically” ordered online!!

Here were my main points:

  1. Remember Your ROOTS
  • Brag about your home area/high school/learnings from home (if you don’t… who will?)
  • Keep a Career ROOTS Diary “forever” that includes education/job/achievement information
  • Consider yourself a SPECIAL HYBRID with knowledge and skills… that contains Career ROOTS only you have (and are still growing)
  1. Practice RESPECT
  • Look people in the eyes when you talk with them
  • Listening well is one of the greatest forms of practicing respect
  • Shake hands when you greet people… LIKE YOU MEAN IT! (People remember)
  1. Just Be YOU
  • Be authentic in your conversations and actions
  • People recognize FAKE stuff… (would you buy a fake Babe Ruth autographed ball?)
  • Family, friends, and co-workers enjoy and want to be around REAL/AUTHENTIC people… so be one!
  • Don’t try to be someone/something else… just be YOU!

I really appreciated the opportunity!!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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