Category: Speaking

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 […]

17 Oct

Speaking Tip #16 – The 4 Physical Barriers Every Speaker Should Break to Better Connect with Their Audience

Speaking, Speaking Tips No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Like a 400 pound weight, it took two tech guys to lift the podium off the stage per my request. They assumed, as a speaker, I’d want some sort of podium to present from. My ideal set up couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are four physical barriers that every speaker should […]

14 Oct

Speaking Tip/Trick #15 – Be Willing to Change the Program Format to Fit The Size of the Group

We were expecting 50 but only six students showed up to my open campus leadership training at the school. We waited an extra 30 minutes to start and while a few people did trickle in and out, only the initial six remained. In the end we decided to give each of the six a free […]

23 Jan

My Speeches Are Not All Equal

I wish I could say that every keynote and/or training I do is equally amazing. But the truth is, they just aren’t. In the past, I’ve talked about the five elements every speaker needs to pay attention to to insure they are setting their program up for success. As a quick recap, here are the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

21 Nov

The Powerful Little Voice Inside

Self Insight, Speaking 3 Comments by Tom Krieglstein

I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Tyler, TX where I’m running a 2-day staff/faculty training on communication and change for UT-Tyler. By all accounts, the first day went great. The group was engaged the whole time and the feedback was all positive. So you’d think that I’d be going to bed with nothing […]

13 Aug

Well, That Day Was Horrible

Random, Speaking, Stories, Traveling 4 Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Kristen (pictured above) is my hero of the day, which I’ll come back to shortly, but first let me outline why today sucked so much. I woke up at 5am to catch a 7am flight out of NYC to Atlanta. Once I arrived in Atlanta, I needed to drive 2.5 hours to Tifton, GA to […]