09 Sep

Do You Really Want To Succeed?

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

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 2 Comments by Tom Krieglstein

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

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

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

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 […]

02 May

Dance Floor Theory in 7 Minutes – How To Build an Engaging Community

ACPA invited me to give a Pecha Kucha talk at their 2014 National Conference. It was only natural for me to do Dance Floor Theory. The  trick was to summarize a 3-5 hour leadership training program into 7 minutes with slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds. Take a watch and let me know how I […]

17 Mar

Four Day Parenting Adventure in Pittsburgh

A-Ha Moments, Family, Parenting No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

And thus our four day parenting adventure in Pittsburgh comes to an end. I just finished reading the two little ones to sleep and as I said my final goodnight, they both softly said they love me and said I was the best Uncle Mas (that’s what they call me) that they know. It was […]

12 Mar

4 Tricks This Clever Email Pitch Taught Me About Email Marketing

Creative Ideas, Marketing 2 Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My inbox is regularly filled with various pitches for support tools on anything from website hosting to branded toilet paper marketing. Most of the time I can tell within five seconds if something is spam and delete it. Marketers are always looking for innovative ways to get someone to not only not delete an email, […]

05 Mar

Building a Community on Meetup.com? Make Sure You Collect Emails

Community No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

You may or may not have noticed that Meetup.com was down for almost a week due to a Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack floods a site with a massive amount of fake traffic that essentially overloads the servers to the point where no one can load a page. While it’s sad to […]