Typically, the first year of any transition may include personal doubts, fears, and pressures. It’s the very beginning, so everyone’s looking to fit in somewhere and/or become someone by the end of their collegiate tenure. Often times, students overlook the essential elements needed to escape this pool of uncertainty or discomfort. Through humor, interaction, and self-assessment, this keynote helps students learn how to match or connect their inner gifts, skills, and passions with the correct hubs or networks on campus.
Students will identify their initial passions (passions that are subject to change).
Students will discover some of their biggest intrinsic and extrinsic adversities to overcome during their first year.
Students will learn practical steps towards establishing a passionate first-year brand that allow for further growth and development during the remainder of undergrad and beyond.
*Audiences/Events: incoming freshman or transfer students, first-generation students, student leaders joining new organizations or clubs, chapels/convocations, multicultural events
Leading Passionately: Leaving the Status Quo behind While Solving Problems
Leadership can be lonely, and leadership without passion can be lonelier. College campuses across the globe contain students who have the potential to solve problems on campus, but sometimes allow mediocrity, normalcy, trends, and peer pressure to mute their voices and/or disable their leadership motion. How students and student leaders leave their marks on campus will be based on their ability to fuel their desires that respectfully go against the grain with love, care, and compassion. In this keynote, Tony shares practical strategies on how to start, maintain, and advance problem-solving passion that leads to long-lasting impact on campus.
Students will understand the importance of solving problems on campus.
Students will learn how to preserve healthy trends as well as create new trends and traditions on campus.
Students will gain strategy on creating passion fires without offense or unfair treatment.
The Passion Game Plan: Living The Best Student-Athlete Life
Student-athletes balance three main worlds that require maximum effort, character, and integrity: school world, sports world, and social world. If not handled with care, the demand can be overwhelming, stressful, and a bit intimidating. Being a former Division I student-athlete, Tony understands the core struggles that today’s student-athletes face. This keynote tackles those struggles head-on and walks student-athletes through tactics on personal branding, character development, and passionate effort.
Student-athletes will identify their biggest areas for improvement.
Student-athletes will learn the importance of healthily balancing school, sports, and social.
Student-athletes will gain practical strategy on establishing, maintaining, and advancing personal brands, good character, and effort during their years as a collegiate student-athlete.
Student-athletes will gain insight into making a productive transition from college athletics to life after graduation (profession, career).
Why Wait?: Intentional Living for improved Mental wellness
With mental health issues on the rise amongst college students, it’s no wonder the college drop out rate remains a problem throughout the country. Students are battling anxiety, depression, suicide, and substance abuse, and sometimes feel that the only way out is abandoning college all together. Why Wait? allows students to passionately take control of their mental state with a sense of urgency by establishing academic, social, and emotional boundaries and staying clear of potential mental threats. In this keynote, Tony shares personal stories, evidence based solutions, and simple practices that can be applied during all four undergraduate years.
Students will discover their biggest mental threats and any intrinsic reasons for those threats.
Students will learn the importance of escaping those mental threats through self-awareness, self-assessment, and adaptation.
Students will gain strategy on learning how to disconnect from toxic sources and connect with sources that are healthy.
If there is not a specific topic or theme that is listed in the keynotes above, Tony loves creating tailor-made presentations to fit the needs of event coordinators and audiences. Does the length of the presentation need to decrease or increase? Does the type of presentation need to be changed? Or, maybe there’s a strong preference for more focus on a subject matter?