Speaking

I speak at events, but I also plan and have planned events of all kinds. I know that very often the difference between a great event and one that is not is the speaker. Because the speaker makes such a big difference I know that choosing a speaker is a big responsibility and will have a major impact on your event. I hope the following information will be helpful to you as you plan your event. I would love to have the opportunity to make a difference for your audience. 

Qualifications

I absolutely love sharing what I have learned with a group, and I have been speaking to groups professionally for twenty years. Over the last few years I have averaged over 70 events a year, ranging from keynoting conferences to high school commencements. I work on perfecting my craft every single day, and promise to bring the highest level of passion, skill, experience, and expertise that I possess to your event.

My Commitment 

I book speakers for events, and I know that it’s not always the easiest process, and that speakers can sometimes be a pain to work with. I’m a normal person just like you, who has a passion for sharing what I have been privileged to learn, and I appreciate every opportunity to do so. You should expect that every interaction that you have with me or anyone on my team will be characterized by that appreciation. We promise that you will find us easy and fun to work with and extremely low maintenance. My focus, and the focus of everyone on my team, is about making your event as successful and fantastic as possible, and we see our opportunity to be part of your event as a special privilege.

Sessions On Education

Sessions On Family and Young Adults

New for 2017 - The How to Adult Series!

The How to Adult series has been twenty years in the making and is now ready for the road! For the past twenty years I have been asked personally and professionally by parents and students all kinds of questions that in the end can often be reduced to, “How do I get my child from being a child to being an adult?” or “How do I become an adult?” This series of presentations is my best compilation of all I have experienced, observed, read, researched, learned, and taught during my own transition to adulthood and in working with thousands of students and their parents as they have made their own transitions. I can’t wait to share it with you!

A note to speaker coordinators and conference planners: The How to Adult series is designed to be used in its entirety for a conference or convention or as a track inside of a bigger conference. You may also choose individual presentations from the series to be used as stand-alone sessions. In either case please contact our speaking coordinator, Megan, by using the form at the bottom of this page and she will help you craft the best combination of presentations to meet the goals of your event.  

How to Adult: How to Go From Sleeping on Your Parent’s Couch to Sleeping on Your Own Couch

What’s the critical stuff you need to know to be an adult? Not the trend-of-the-week parenting and success advice. What are the foundational, unchanging principles that every generation needs to become effective adults? This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you the basic principles you need to know to determine your direction and destination, understand who you are and your place in the world, understand the importance of relationships, and how to make a difference in the world. 

How to Adult: Figuring Out Where You Are Going

You can’t get anywhere worth going if you don’t know where you are going. Becoming an adult means having a direction. You don’t have to know exactly where you will end up or all of the details, but you have to know what direction you are travelling in life. Finding direction is all about asking and answering the big questions in life. Everyone asks and answers these questions, but not everyone thinks about it deliberately. This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you what the big questions are, how to answer them, and how those answers will point you in the right direction to become an adult.

How to Adult: Understanding the World and Your Place in the World

Being an adult means having a foundational understanding of what is going on in the world. Today everyone is living in a world of constant change. How do people who want to be successful learn how to deal with that change and what is the foundational academic skill necessary to thrive in such a world? This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you about the engine that drives that change, and the key skill you need to understand and harness the power of that engine. 

How to Adult: Living an Effective Life

As children become adults they become aware that life can happen quickly. Good things happen. Bad things happen. Day to day average stuff happens. Life happens. Effective adults influence what happens in their life. Ineffective adults let life happen to them. This presentation is for students and parents who want to be effective adults and will teach you how to stay focused on your direction in life, translate that direction into vision, translate vision into living reality, and how to deal with the reality that life never goes as planned (and that’s OK). 

How to Adult: The Importance of Finding, Building, and Keeping Great Relationships

People are everything. Your relationship with other people will determine your happiness, your success, and your well-being in life. Your relationships will be the measure of how you serve others, make a difference in the world, and your influence and legacy. Knowing how to find, build, and keep great relationships is the most important skill you can learn. This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you how to find and prioritize your most important relationships, the critical choice that you need to make to build great relationships, and the two things you must invest to keep great relationships. 

How to Adult: What You Need to Know to Pay for Life

One of the key traits of being and adult is being self-sufficient. Being self-sufficient means being able to properly manage your finances. But understanding money and money’s proper place in your life is about more than maintaining a balanced budget and saving for retirement. Money is a powerful tool, a tool that if used correctly can increase your effectiveness in practically every other aspect of your life. This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you what money really is, how to properly connect money to your life, and the three critical points for financial success. 

How to Adult: Making a Difference in the World

Survive and you will become older, but to become an adult means that you are mature enough to make a difference in the world. Nobody wants to just survive. Everyone has a God-given drive to make things better. How do you reach the crowning definition of adulthood and step into your unique role in the world? This presentation is for students and parents and will teach you the definition of vocation, the formula for success, and the recipe for meaningful work.

What the Audience Thinks

Great verbal examples and was very knowledgeable about the material and information from experience.
Well informed, clear presentation that was straight to the point.
Excellent sessions! Entertaining and easy to follow. Packed with useful info. Do it again next year!
Helped renew my focus on what really matters and helps to reduce that overwhelmed feeling by narrowing down my “lists” of what I pray my children will leave home with.
Humorous, knowledgeable – loud enough to be heard in the back of the room!
I am almost 16 and I really learned a lot about what I should do and expect.
Great speaker! Need a larger room!
Practical, spoken from personal family experience. Funny!
He was great! Very affirming and positive! Great help (and relief!)!
So practical! Love it! No just focused on academics, but in real life. Thank you! Bring him back next year!
Wonderful and engaging speaker. Informative and humorous

Next Step and Booking Information

If you are interested in booking me for your event please contact my speaking coordinator, Megan Weber, by filling out the form below. Megan can answer any questions you have, provide recordings of some of my sessions, and work out all of the details for your event.

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