A BIG thank you to those of you who came to our talks last week at the Los Altos Public Library and Books Inc. Palo Alto! We had nice turnouts at both and got to catch up with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while. We w ere told that all of our library copies were out on loan and Books Inc. replaced the stock of our books with more.
There was an amazing coincidence from our library talk. Toward the end of our presentation, Rick mentioned how touched we were by some of the people we had met. Specifically he talked about a young Swazi man named Thembisa whom Rick had met again before we left the country. Seeing him at a hotel, Thembisa had thanked TechnoServe and Rick for teaching him new business skills during the Believe, Begin, Become business plan competition, which gave him the confidence-boost he needed to start his own mobile hair salon business. A woman’s voice at the back of the library room piped up, “Thembisa cut my hair while I lived in Swaziland, and it was the best cut I had ever had.” Talk about “Full Circle,” it was wonderful to hear that TechnoServe’s efforts made a tangible, ongoing difference in Thembisa’s life—and we met someone who benefitted from it! We have been hoping that our experiences, stories, and people we met would inspire our fellow Baby Boomers to seek encore careers. But I hadn’t expected to continue to be inspired by them ourselves.
Our request to those of you who have purchased our books, PLEASE REVIEW them on Amazon—that really does help book sales! And if you have not yet bought our book, please do, in order to reduce poverty in Africa and Latin America through our royalties going to TechnoServe. You can be impressed by TechnoServe’s recent scope of work in their annual report!
We are lining up more talks and will receive more publicity soon, to which we’ll alert you when we have details.