Children get lesson in greatness

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By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Students at St. Christine’s School welcomed guest David Kohout to speak to them on Oct. 13.

Kohout, born in Cleveland and later moved to Youngstown, is the founder of Talk is Cheap. Talk is Cheap is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and was founded in 2006. Kohout enjoys traveling and speaking children who will one day become adults and encouraging them to make good choices. SITPOG, Sitting in the Presence of Greatness, is the new website of Talk is Cheap.

Kohout has traveled to more than 700 different school districts, five not in the United States, and has spoken to more than 600,000 students.

A message Kohout believes in and is on the back of his business card reads: “I’d rather build boys and girls than rebuild men and women.”

Kohout encourages people to start now. If they are working through something tough, they should start working on themselves now to become a better person.

On Friday nights, Kohout spends his time attending five or six football games. He spends a few minutes at each game, goes on the field and talks to the athletes.

“I tell them I’m standing in the presence of greatness,” said Kohout.

During his speeches, Kohout makes sure to interact and engage with the audience to get them involved. He makes sure to get his point across to his guests and help them to the best of his ability.

“The more you’re apart of it, the more you’re going to take in, the more you’re going to understand, the more you’re going to leave with,” said Principal Walter Carpenter on Kohout’s engagement with the students.

Visual representations are a large part of Kohout’s presentations. The visuals allow the students to keep their attention on him and engage with him. Students and young children take well to visuals and are more likely to become focused on the message of the speech.

Several students usually become so inspired by Kohout’s message that they reach out to him and ask if he’ll speak to different groups they’re involved in.

“I want them to lay their head on their pillows at night with less regret and more hope,” said Kohout.

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