Ten states in two months!

This fall was crazy busy. I spoke in 10 states for six different types of conferences, and I got to know students from hundreds of schools. Each stop focused on different missions; from community service and developing leadership skills, preventing underage drinking and keeping our highways safe, to stopping bullying behavior. As always, I’m honored and humbled that I was chosen to be one of the speakers for these programs. I’m constantly amazed at the desire to make a difference, the hard work that goes into planning and executing a conference, and the responsibility that I have to ensure my presentations reaches ears and then channels to hearts.

It’s not enough that I give an entertaining presentation. It’s not enough that I give facts and figures regarding the dangers of distracted driving. It’s not enough that I educate my audiences on how to be an effective leader. My words and my message has to ignite a desire to leave the conference and start practicing what I’ve been “preaching.” I want my audiences to feel so much passion for their respective jobs, missions and organizations that they are literally “busting” with ideas and knowledge they can take back and implement. They may forget my name, but I don’t want them to forget my message.

Every time I step on stage, I realize the importance of my message. I am prepared to change direction at a second’s notice, and I’ve got an arsenal of stories and activities that I can “pull out” at any time. I don’t just come prepared with a speech. I come prepared for an experience. That’s why I love my job. It’s never the same. It’s completely challenging. It’s always rewarding.

Until I step on stage again in January, I wish you all a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas. Remember you ARE somebody special, life is great, and sometimes people need to hear you shout, “This ain’t YO dream!”


  1. Jeff Yalden on December 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Harriet is one of the very best speakers I’ve come across. She has heart and a great passion for inspiring teens. I’m honored to know her and to continue to learn from her.

    Jeff Yalden

    • Dona Turk on December 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

      In addition to being a vibrant speaker, Harriet is an amazing person with a passion for helping others realize their true potential. She is dedicated, focused, and always inspiring. Her dedication to helping others achieve their personal best is invaluable.

  2. Karan Birdsall on December 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It was our privilege to have Harriet be a part of the Nebraska Masonic Youth Conference in October. She inspired and encouraged our youth and their adult sponsors! Moving forward, growing stronger, climbing toward our best….. THANKS HARRIET! Best wishes for an awesome 2012, blessings will abound.

  3. Robin on December 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for blazing the trails and being the first to create suvh unique, dynamic positive programs in MS. You teach so many not to follow in your footsteps but instill the tools in many students and adults to continue building bridges to make connections with their peers to ensure better choices for all.

  4. Sunny James on June 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    it sound like you are very passionate about what you do & sending important life changing messages to our youth is so important keep up the great work

  5. shane on November 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Your words change how I Think Now when i see someone getting Bullied or pushed around I will stand Up and Help stop Bullying and Make My Mark` Reno 2012

    • hturk on November 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so very much!! I loved being with FCCLA in Reno! Go “Make Your Mark” 🙂

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