You’re sitting in class waiting for the professor to begin when a girl bursts in through the door. She’s huffing and puffing, which clearly indicates that she at least hurried to your classroom, and you have to wonder why. She drops her book bag on the floor, takes a step forward towards the class, and starts her speech. She goes so quickly, you almost miss half of what was said. The professor looks at her in disbelief and questions her if she could go any faster. The girl replies by saying that the speech she just gave was the short, slow version. You can imagine how much would be missed had she given the class the fast version.
This scenario actually happened to me, and the presentation she gave was on the benefits of volunteering abroad. The only word that I was able to pick out from the presentation was white-water rafting, which got me interested, and I wanted to know more information. She passed out a flier for a presentation that was being held on campus, but since I’m a very busy student, I couldn’t make that either. What she or the head honchos of the program could have done, was design a custom USB drive to hold all of the information that I would need or want to know about their program.
They could include items such as the lists of activities most students do at the places they visit, the type of volunteering opportunities there are, and the benefits of volunteering. They could also include a generic video of the meeting I would have attended and maybe even personal testimonies of other students who have taken advantage of their program. Pictures of the places you would stay would help excite people, as well, especially if there are pictures of the people actually doing the activities.
Also included on the flash drive should be contact information so that should I or anyone else wish to join their program, I don’t have to search online, and it wouldn’t hurt to talk about the pricing of each trip. Adding payment plan options or financial aid that might be available is something that will factor in the decision making process of joining the program, too.
After they have all of this information loaded onto the flash drive, a presenter entering a classroom could easily hand these out with a flier to those who are interested. That way, if the interested person wants to get more information on the program or the costs, they can easily plug the flash drive into a computer and pull up all of the information they would need to know. This would save the presenter from having to memorize and deliver a three second speech.