Speaking

I’ve been a full-time speaker since 1995. I started when I was just a young 20-something kid and now I’m closing in on two decades of speaking. So it’s with some degree of confidence that I can claim to understand how important having the right speaker is to the success of an event. YOUR event.

Below is all kinds of information to you to help you decide if I am a speaker that’s right for your group.

What you’ll find here:

  • A bit more about me
  • What to expect when you book me
  • Video clips
  • My topics
  • How to book me

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A BIT MORE ABOUT ME

Since 1995, I have spoken with 100s of groups, starting with small church camps and conferences, expanding into schools to work with students and teachers, and also having many occasions to speak with corporate groups.

I dropped out of college as a junior and have never looked back. My ADD made it impossible to stay interested in school, but has been the perfect companion in my career as a performer, creator and educator.

I devote the majority of my time to speaking, writing, making short videos about ADHD and Personal Development, and working on my Build It Again Bricks project. I do my best to stay in touch with my 10,000+ followers on Facebook. I’m still trying to get a handle on Twitter. :-)

I have written seven books and am working on my eighth one right now. None have made any bestseller lists, but the feedback is great and my wife tells me that I get better and better with each book.

I’ve been married for almost 20 years and have two young daughters who have recently cured me of my fear of speaking to elementary school children.

In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, boxing, hanging out with my girls, playing with LEGOS and accompanying my wife on whatever crazy adventures she cooks up for us.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK ME

  • Prompt, professional and cheerful responses to your calls and emails
  • A personal phone call or text from me prior to your event to discuss any concerns and answer any of your questions
  • If your event is open to the public, it will be promoted on this website, as well as through Facebook and Twitter

VIDEO CLIPS

I speak in public schools, non-profits, faith-based organizations and corporations. Here’s a taste!

Speaking to Teachers and Students

Speaking in a Faith-Based Setting

MY MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS

I can customize my message to meet your events’ specific needs. Customizing the multi-media portion of the presentation is a bit more complicated & time intensive, but please let my booking coordinator know what you have in mind and she’ll be able to tell you if it’s possible and what, if any additional charges may be involved.

Most of my keynote presentations are designed to be 45-60 minutes long. I also offer 2 hour and half-day workshops on the subject of ADHD/ADD and LEADERSHIP.

SIGNATURE KEYNOTES

From Special Ed to Simply Special: My personal story of how I was diagnosed as Learning Disabled in Third Grade, the trials and triumphs that followed and what I’ve learned about overcoming challenging times, learning to appreciate my unique talents and gift and the people who made a difference in my life along the way. Inspiring and eye-opening. This presentation can be customized in a myriad of ways to suit your group and works for ALL groups.

Failing with Heart: As an entrepreneur and small business owner with ADHD, I have experienced more than my fair share of failure. What I’ve learned is that failure can be essential to success, but only if we approach it with heart and the right attitude. Truth is how we handle failure is probably more important than how we handle success. In this message, I share stories of personal disasters and the lessons I gleaned about bouncing back, and preserving my core identity as a capable, successful person in spite of failure.

FOR CORPORATE GROUPS

Topics: Leadership, Team-work, Positive Attitude

Brick-by-Brick Leadership Seminar: I bring back the fun with this new, interactive leadership workshop that highlights valuable and timely principles to developing leaders in the workplace with the help of LEGO bricks!  This isn’t your typical workshop that has powerpoint, mild discussions and a lecture.  This workshop is interactive, fun, playful, entertaining, engaging and educational.  

FOR EDUCATORS & PARENTS

Topics: ADHD, Education, Attitude, Leadership

Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of ADD in the Classroom: Ever wonder what goes through an ADDer’s mind? I’m going to tell you all about it! You’ll walk away with a completely different perspective as well as hope that some of the most challenging students in your class can also be your most successful.

Tools for Teaching ADD Students Without Losing your Mind: No more boring medical facts and DSM-IV definitions! I only share what’s relevant and practical. You will be able to use what I teach you in your next class!

The Power of Encouragement: Being a positive influence in another person’s life is one of the greatest things you can do for someone and is an essential skill for any leader. I share seven ways in which you can be an encourager to your staff, students, family and friends!

FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

Topics: Image/Self Esteem, Leadership, Attitude

Simply Special: I still remember vividly what it was like to be a student in middle and high school. I didn’t fit in, I wasn’t popular and in fact, my Learning Disabilities made me a target for all kinds of teasing. Growing up different was no fun, but guess what? everything worked out for the best anyway. This presentation which I typically share in a school assembly format, is designed to inspire, encourage and motivate students to be the best versions of themselves. I share my story and weave in any other issues that are facing your student body that you want me to. I have previously addressed bullying, suicide, academic achievement, drug prevention, team-work, and leadership. The main point of this presentation is to show students, through my story, that having challenges and struggles is part of life and that it is having the right attitude towards these challenges that makes all the difference.

FOR FUNDRAISING EVENTS

The Art of Generosity: For fundraisers, I share a modified version of my personal story blending it with your organization’s purpose and goals.

FOR CHURCH GROUPS

Topics: I have spoken for just about every denomination in the last 2o years.  I share non-denominational messages about the basics of Christian faith and living.

God Makes No Junk: The faith-based version of my personal journey. I use my story to bring to life Jeremiah 29:11. Great for outreach events!

Seeking God Series: Four sessions perfect for week-long/weekend events. I work with your group’s theme, weaving it in with fundamental principles of being a follower of Christ. I help you lead your group into a deeper understanding of who God is, what His plan is for our lives and how we can live as doers of the Word.

Seeking God in the Age of Distraction: As someone who really struggles with focus and keeping still for any extended period of time, I have struggled with the idea of “quiet time” for years. Happily, I discovered that there are many ways to spend time with God that do not require quiet or staying still. I share all of my best tips and tools to help participants take steps towards a more effective time of prayer.

THE NEXT STEP

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