Today I was a guest speaker at Hilton Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton Socialite Camp held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This was a new experience for me as it was only the second time that I have publicly spoken as The Product Poet. I love to speak in public, but I was terrified. Terrified not for the act itself, but of what they would think of me, a kitschy Poet that interacts with brands.

To help combat this fear, I actually started with a little exercise to help break the ice. I asked everyone in the room (which was approximately 35 people) to write down one word to describe Hilton Hotels or DoubleTree.The reason why I chose this exercise was because this month in National Poetry Writing Month. I wrote one poem for the daily prompt, but I wanted to utilize each one of these bolded and italicized words, words from my new Hilton and DoubleTree friends, into this new poem.

It was as if they were with me the whole time I wrote this poem. For their words, I am forever grateful.

Honoring Hilton’s Hospitality

Sitting underneath
our tall Doubletree
I stared at the warm, blue twinkling stars
recalling iconic memories
of happy vacations.

As long as I my parents were near,
my family needn’t travel far.

Years later,
my growing litter
dreams of legendary Hilton nights.
Our temporary
home-away-from-home.

Though not complicated, 
but our tradition,
we ingrained in our lads the word hospitality,
Happy guests are the best.
Be consistent in your care for others.”

We’ve created unique, awesome experiences never dreamt before.
The “Hospitable Hotel,” they will be Honored of, to one day write.

“Always be welcoming and reputable,
Quality, nor service, should one sacrifice,
solely for a price, “
my friend Conrad
once said to me.

An innovative concept ~ his design ~
noteworthy of recognition,
Yielded a powerhouse
for our magical destinations.