Kyle Scheele is an inspiring speaker, writer, and youth expert who has challenged 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 daughter Lucy. 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 son build forts out of household furniture.
If you need more info than that, scroll down for some enlightening Q&A.
Frequently (or not so much) Asked Questions
How did you get into speaking?
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.
I meant professional speaking, smartypants.
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.
Who are your biggest influences?
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 Remember the Titans, the Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, and several others.
Favorite TV Shows?
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! 4 Hour Workweek, Rework, the Bible, anything by C.S. Lewis or Donald Miller, good children’s fiction (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Princess Bride, etc.)… I read about a book a week, so I have LOTS of favorites.