Neither I, nor anyone in my audience will have access to email.
No electronic devices will used for my presentation; thus no PowerPoint, no videos and no web-access.
My packed-room audience will be respectful in that they will not double task during my presentation. And outside of occasionally chatting with their neighbors, will give me their eyes and their ears.
My presentation is engaging which is great for this audience known to ask curious questions and offer eyebrow-raising and smile-cracking comments. They are also likely to eagerly raise their hands to answer my questions. Often times, the answer is blurted out in unison.
My schedule accommodates three breaks in which we are all encouraged to go outdoors and get some air rather than catch up on email.
Finally, at the end of my six-hour presentation I will go home exhausted and likely avoid accessing email.
This rare occasion, and the cause for this lengthy out office reply, is the result of my volunteering to do Junior Achievement for a day.
No special parking. No pay. Not even an Edible Arrangement. However, I may receive a thank-you card with signatures, and maybe some artwork, from each of the audience members.
As you read this, I am currently giving my all in teaching the fundamentals of business and economics to an audience of 27 third-graders. I am giving my all in being the best teacher I can be.
I will be in the office tomorrow with a new-found respect for the teaching profession. I will reply to your email then and whole-heartedly encourage you to reply to any requests for volunteers from Junior Achievement.