A Storyteller With Substance
I speak to students and train adults who work with students. My goal, every time I step in front of an audience is to create a memorable, educational, and motivational experience.
I’ve spoken at over 150 camps and retreats, numerous student leadership training events, and keynoted at youth conferences and conventions. I love connecting with students and connecting students to powerful messages that impact their lives.
Right now, my presentations are tailored around these three areas:
You can’t aspire to lead others without doing the hard work necessary to lead yourself well. Successful leadership is preceded by self-leadership. Never underestimate the power of your own example. Before you can focus on what needs to be done, you need to spend time finding out who you’re becoming.
I believe this message is so important in the lives of our students (whether they hold a formal leadership position or not). I put a lot of the practical and applicable principles in a book (Leadership Starts With You). You will come away from this presentation with the tools and techniques to influence the first person you need to lead on a daily basis – yourself.
Most students get to serve in a student leadership position for one year. One year! In this presentation, your students will discover how to navigate through the ups and downs, the good times and bad that a year of student leadership can bring.
I use a lot of interaction and share many of my own humorous experiences. I want to give students and their advisors a road map for the entire year. When you know what season you’re in and what’s coming, you’ll be better prepared to lead well during those times.
There is so much to learn about leadership. I’ve consolidated over twenty years of leadership development and training into five core skills every student can learn and improve upon. Here they are:
- The discipline to lead yourself first.
- The ability to influence others.
- The perspective of a difference maker.
- The skill to communicate clearly.
- The knack to get others involved.
There’s so much to learn about leadership. It can be confusing. If a student can start with these five skills, they’ll have the confidence to lead because they’ll know how to do what leaders do.
I am open to providing a keynote, break-out, half day or full day presentation. If you’d like to talk further about bringing me in for your next conference, training event, or organizational event, click the button below.
I’m currently working on a speaker video to give you an idea of my speaking style. In the meantime, here are a few recordings of me with a mic in my hand.
VIDEO: IgniteBoise – 2012
This first video is just for fun. I presented at IgniteBoise in April, 2012 at the Egyptian Theater. While it’s not a topic I normally speak on (4-way Stops), I hope you’ll see that I enjoy making every speaking engagement lively and entertaining.
Developing A Life Of Gratitude | 26 mins | 4MB
The Power of Character | 29 mins | 4MB
Speaking to High School Students | 3 mins | 3.2MB
When You Hire Me To Speak
1. You’ll talk to me directly. I don’t work through a speaker’s agency.
2. I will work with you and your budget to help you create a memorable event.
3. I will help you spread the word about your event, if you would like, through my social media channels and my site.
4. I will adapt my presentation to your audience to meet your needs.
5. I will followup with you to make sure we accomplished your goals.