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Kyle Scheele is an inspiring speaker, writer, and youth expert who has challenged tens of thousands of teens across the nation to live better stories.

When he’s not on a plane or a stage, Kyle is at home in Springfield, MO, where he lives with his beautiful wife Lindsay, their rambunctious son Wesley, and their adorable daughters, Lucy and Wendy. He’s still not sure how he ended up with such an incredible family, but he’s trying to lay low in case this whole thing was some sort of mistake. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, writing, and helping his kids build forts out of household furniture.

If you need more info than that, scroll down for some enlightening Q&A.

Same way as anyone else, really. I started saying “mama” and “dinosaur” and that sort of thing, and before you know it I was stringing together entire sentences. It took a few years, but eventually I became fluent. I know some pretty big words now.

OHHH. Okay. My bad. Back in high school, I was the Student Council Assemblies Chair – and later the Student Body President – so I was always leading assemblies and giving announcements and that sort of thing. During college and afterwards, I continued to get offers to speak at various events here and there, and I always loved it. Eventually I decided to take the plunge and do it for a living.

Great question! I always tell people it’s funny that I became a motivational speaker, because I wasn’t a big fan of the speakers that came to my school. They’d come in and say “Don’t do drugs! Don’t drink! Don’t smoke!”

That’s all good advice, but I already wasn’t doing any of those things. And when it came to advice about what TO do, they didn’t have any.

When I became a speaker, I decided to take the opposite approach. Instead of focusing on all the things NOT to do, I talk to students about the fact that our lives are defined by the things we DO: the actions we take, the people we help, and the lives that we change. I challenge students to think about the things they can do NOW to start living an incredible, world-changing story.

That’s the ten-second basic answer, but for more specifics on what my speeches are about, check out my speaking page.

Typically 45-60 minutes, but it all depends on how much time is available. I’ve done speeches as short as 20 or 30 minutes, and as long as 2 hours or more. At the end of the day, my job is to serve my clients, so I work with the time I’m given.

Man, there are so many. My family has always been a huge support system for me. My wife is amazing, my mom and dad are incredible people, and my brothers aren’t too bad.

My pastor and youth pastor both believed in me when I was just a punk kid, and that really inspired a lot of confidence in me. My old boss, Chris Lewis, who showed me how to be gracious when there’s nothing in it for you. This list could go on forever.

Secondhand Lions. I want to be like those guys when I’m old. I also love the Brothers Bloom, Beauty is Embarrassing, Deceptive Practice, Remember the Titans, the Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, and several others.

To be honest, I don’t watch a ton of TV. I have too many other things I want to do in life. I do like Discovery Channel stuff though. And occasionally Survivor. I swear I could win.

NOW you’re speaking my language! The Night Circus, Struggles & Triumphs, the Bible, anything by C.S. Lewis,  good fiction (Harry Potter, Princess Bride, The Martian, Ready Player One, etc.)… I also like biographies (Steve Jobs and Jim Henson are two favorites). I read about a book a week, so I have LOTS of favorites.

  • “Kyle was one of the most creative and enthusiastic speakers we’ve ever had. He hosted one of our largest events of the year and not only kept the students engaged the entire time, but kept them laughing! To this day they still talk about his act.”

    Jamie Bell – Director, WCR Student Center
  • “Kyle exceeded all of my requirements and expectations of a positive motivational speaker. He presented an entertaining and attention grabbing message that was perfect for these youth. He used tasteful humor, and the entire camp was quoting his jokes the rest of the camp. Kyle was not only a great presenter but super easy to work with and very low maintenance before during and after the presentation.”

    Amanda Herlinger – KS National Guard Teen Camp Director
  • “The kids really seemed to take Kyle’s message to heart. He received all “good” and “excellent” ratings from the students that attended.”

    Chellie Phillips – AL Co-Op Youth Camp Director
  • “Kyle was a blast to work with. He took the time to dialogue with us BEFORE the event, so he knew exactly what we needed from him. He showed up early to make sure everything was ready, and stayed late talking to students after the event. He’s the real deal.

    Ryan Smith – Event Planner/Host
  • Kyle Scheele was an excellent speaker, and set a fantastic for the 2013 Wisconsin FFA State Convention.  We had a great response to his message: both the students and advisors had very positive feedback on his presentations. Kyle is sincere and genuine.  He was wonderful to work with, flexible to our needs, and worked well with our state officer team and staff. I would definitely recommend Kyle as a speaker for other youth organizations.  

    Cheryl Zimmerman – Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
  • “Kyle was dynamic and really held the attention of our students. On one of our conference evaluation forms, a student added the number 1,000,000 next to Kyle’s name (on a scale of 1 to 5) and circled it! I guess that means Kyle is one in a million!

    Terry D’Imperio – NYCLSA Executive Board Member
  • “First let me say – 'Book him' – he was everything that was advertised. It’s not easy to hold the attention of 8,500+ students and guests in an arena, but Kyle had our members from the moment he stepped on the stage."

  • “Sometimes I feel as though speakers fly in, collect their check, and fly out. That was not the case with Kyle. He was in the room long before speaking, listened to the opening session prior to his presentation, and used some of that information to build his connection with the students. He even arrived early enough to have dinner with our state officer team!”

    Barb Frates – WY FBLA State Chairperson
  • “The students and adults of GASC thoroughly enjoyed all that Kyle had to offer in his keynote and workshops. Kyle is a wonderful speaker and I would highly recommend him to other organizations.”

    Laura Droms – Georgia Student Council Executive Director