28 Apr

In 2008 I was $99,876 in Debt

Entrepreneurship, Financial No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My first business in college was selling old edition textbooks online. It was great, I made a lot of money because I was one of the first people selling textbooks online. Then my contracted bookstores all realized they could sell the books themselves and effectively discontinued my relationships with them. In an attempt to diversify […]

19 Apr

2016 hit me really hard, but I learned 5 amazing life lessons

2016 turned out to be the toughest year I’ve ever experienced. I haven’t written about it publicly until now because I wasn’t ready. But I’m ready now. I know some of you already know what happened. Many of you don’t know, and a week doesn’t go by where I don’t field questions about what happened. […]

10 Nov

Love Still Trumps Hate – Post Election Reflection

My nephew is Indian/German/Irish. His skin tone and dark eyes reflect his Indian heritage more than his German/Irish side. He doesn’t get a choice in being a person of color as he makes his way through the world. A week prior to the US election, he came home from school (he’s 7 years old) and […]

07 Nov

Love Trumps Hate – Casting My Presidential Vote

General, Leadership No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

In 2008, I enthusiastically voted for Barack Obama for president. In fact, I was first in line (with my brother) at his election night party in Grant Park, Chicago. Go ahead and Google it, I’ll wait. Though I didn’t agree with everything Barack did over the years, I appreciated his leadership style and if he […]

12 Sep

Speaking Tip #17 – Play the Long Game with Cancelations

Business, Speaking Tips No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My bag was packed and I was ready to head to the airport the next morning, but then the school called to cancel. She was calling to say that, due to several factors out of her control, she needed to cancel the program. In our contract we have the following clause: f. Termination. Unless otherwise […]

22 Aug

When Picking A College – Look For Special Freshman Programs

Education, Speaking No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My work with Swift Kick gives me the joy of visiting tons of colleges every year. In 2016, we’ll work with 90 different schools. The majority of our trainings are done within the Student Affairs department (often called co-curricular as a balance to the curricular (academic) side of an institution). Through my travels, I get to […]

14 Jun

Digging This Song Right Now V.27 – Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey

Music No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

I don’t know how it took me this long to discover Chris Stapleton considering my love of deep country music, but there are days I could easily listen to all of his songs. Click here to see all the songs I’ve dug at some point.

22 May

People first, then money, then things

“People first, then money, then things.” – Suze Orman Our operatic voices belted throughout the car as we sang along to Johnny Cash. Then we drove along Country Road S and decided to switch over to free style rapping. Towards the end of our three hour road-trip, we even got to practice our falsetto voices […]

08 May

We hit heavy plane turbulence in flight

On a flight out of NYC, the plane hit heavy turbulence and bounced around. The guy next to me squeezed his eyes close and dug his nails into the arm rest. A lady in front of me started reciting a bible verse out loud. The couple across from me held hands and kissed each other…as […]

03 May

I blame my mom…

Family, Music No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

The Google driving directions said it was almost five hours north from Denver, CO to Chadron, NE. What’s north of Denver you ask? Turns out, really not much until you actually get to Chadron. The space in-between could be considered the southern tip of big sky country with loads of land and basically no one. […]