Explaining Yourself to a 2nd Grader
Today I went to a Job Fair at Brice's school to tell his 2nd grade class what it's like working for Microsoft.
I wasn't the only parent there, but the number's were against us - 28 2nd graders to 14 adults.
We sat around the side of the classroom and the kids went around from group to group in twos - so I had to repeat my spiel over and over again. By the end I had it down pat.
I introduced myself, told them my name and where I worked - every single one had of them heard of Microsoft. Some of the kids had parents who worked there, or *had* worked there in the past.
I then tried to explain my job.
Rather than saying I work in DPE, where we do Evangelism and try to win hearts and minds, blah blah blah ... I used an analogy.
I said I was like their teacher. And that I helped people learn about stuff. And that I worked with people all over the world.
They seemed to grok that.
But the most common question was, "do I have fun" and to that it was always "yes".
I gave them some stickers, including one of Tech.Frank - and they agreed it did look like me!
I used them in my talk and I will share them here.
- 18,573 Average number of customers served in cafeterias daily
- 2637 slices of pizza consumed per day
- 7,464,456 cans of soda consumed per year
- 7,899,660 cans of juice consumed per year
- 3,520,536 cartons of milk consumed per year
- 2300 passengers ride the MS shuttles everyday
- 10,500 phone calls come into the Microsoft switchboard everyday
I left the kids with a little Microsoft branded tchotchke, which I have since found out caused a great deal of distraction for the rest of the day
Yes! Hearts and Minds!!
I wonder what the kids will tell their parents at home tonight??
** Update ** A photo of the aformentioned tchotchke - or more commonly known as a Jelly Yo-Yo
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