19 Nov

Something You Might Not Know About Me…

Family, Self Insight 1 Comment by Tom Krieglstein
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Every November, my family would collect all the left over tomatoes from our farm that we couldn’t stuff into our bellies the prior three months. The collection was step one in the yearly ritual of canning everything for winter so we would have fresh produce during the long Michigan winter. Step two in the canning […]

03 Nov

After You Pray, Please Become An Organ Donor And Donate Blood

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My god mother spent the last 12 hours in surgery to replace her failed kidney and liver. Prior to the surgery, it was questionable whether they’d find a suitable donor in time as she laid in the hospital bed completely supported by machines. In the end, a donor was found and so far everything with […]

17 Oct

Snorkeling Can Be A Pain In The Neck

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Snorkeling gives me a sense of wonder, peace and danger all at the same time. Wonder, as to what I’ll see next. Peace, as my body floats effortless in the water, and danger, as to what a fish must feel like out of water and defenseless. Despite a hurricane, which churned up the water, Annie […]

16 Oct

Random Encounters on Vacation

Friends, Traveling No Comments by Tom Krieglstein
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We randomly met a couple on the beach in St John yesterday from the same home county in IL as us. Being that they were 15 years older than us, it felt a bit like talking to a future version of myself as they had 2 kids & he was slowly looking to exit out […]

09 Sep

Do You Really Want To Succeed?

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It was 12pm and the room was full of tired first-year students from western New York State who were waiting for me to show them how they could be successful while in college and ultimately in life. On the screen behind me it read, “Dance Floor Theory: The Best Part of College.” I knew this […]

07 Sep

I Took The Discount Challenge And Saved $45 In 30 Minutes

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The challenge is simple; during checkout at any major retail store, ask for a discount. The purpose of the challenge is two-fold: 1) Prove that the price of almost anything is negotiable, you just have to ask. 2) Get over your fear of asking for things, the worst a person can say is no. On […]

05 Sep

5 Things I’ve Learned After 5 Years of Marriage

ACbert, Love, Self Insight 3 Comments by Tom Krieglstein
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Ask anyone and they’d tell you that they were the perfect couple. They met in high school, married in college and had two kids in their 30s. But after 25 years of marriage, they called it quits and got a divorce. This kind of story scares the crap out of me and sadly I’ve heard […]

04 Sep

How My Ego Led To One Of My Worst Speeches Ever

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When I started the talk, there were 400 people in the room. When I finished, only 70 remained. Of those remaining 70, 50 were orientation leaders who were paid to be there. About halfway through the hour long talk, I remember looking out over the crowd and saying to myself, “no one is even listening […]

03 Sep

Share Your Stage With Those Around You

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Towards the end of a Dance Floor Theory Orientation Keytalk, I introduce the students to one of our Swift Kick core values which is, “Feed Your Butterflies.” I challenge the students to come up with one butterfly they are going to feed as they start their college career. Then I invite them share with the […]

09 May

So You Want to be a College Speaker? My Story Part 1

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I’m often asked how to become a college speaker, and after realizing I was repeating the same information and story over and over, I thought it’d be useful to create a space on my website were I could capture my thoughts on the subject for all you aspiring speakers out there. But because it’s a […]