Tag: Dance Floor Theory

26 Mar

Free Hugs‬ Moment #2 – Great American Bagel at CLT Airport

I was waiting in line to get some food at the Great American Bagel shop in the Charlotte airport. Employee #1 – “Wait, you give out Free Hugs?” Me – “Yes, a lot actually. Want one?” Employee #2 – “I knew you’d see his button. ” Employee #1 walks out from behind the counter and […]

17 Jan

Selling Our Crowdfunding Platform – Student Launcher

The vision of Swift Kick is to see a world in which every student feels welcomed, connected and engaged at their institution and retention rates are 100%. In pursuit of that vision, we’ve tried many tactics: 1) Dance Floor Theory Leadership Training 2) www.StudentAffairsCollective.org (#SAChat) 3) www.StudentLeaderCollective.org (#SLChat) 4) www.StudentLauncher.org Some of these projects are immensely […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Mar

Speaking Tip/Trick #12 – How to Pick the Best Audience Members for Participation (Pre-Screening)

Speaking, Speaking Tips No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Nothing can tank, or pick up, the flow of a speech more than audience participation. When picked well, one would almost think you planted the person in the audience. But when picked badly, it leaves you, and the audience, in an awkward state. In my Dance Floor Theory Leadership Training, I know 20 minutes into […]

02 Mar

Getting Interviewed

Entrepreneurship, Hindsight No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Several weeks ago, a student from Baldwin-Wallace College, Drew Thomas, asked, after a training I did at their school, if he could interview me for a class project. Today we conducted the interview while I was driving between Houston and Lake Charles. Here’s the list of questions he asked with some of my answers…   […]

04 Aug

Extremely Humbling Experience at #SAtechBOS

A-Ha Moments, Speaking No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Over the past seven years, I’ve spoken at a lot of schools with our Dance Floor Theory Student Leadership Training program. I’ve always considered myself more of a theory/practice type of speaker than motivational/inspirational. It’s not that I don’t value the motivational/inspirational type talks, it’s just that every time I tried to go down that […]

17 Jul

From 2008 to 2012: Soul Warming Email [IMAGE]

I’ve been doing Dance Floor Theory Leadership Trainings since 2004, which is a long time and a lot of students. Any good speaker knows the feeling of getting off stage to a whirlwind of buzzing students excited to talk. Many students energetically say they will follow up later, but sadly most don’t. Every so often, […]