Kyle Scheele is NOT your typical youth speaker.
In fact, it’s kinda funny that Kyle became a youth speaker, because he wasn’t a big fan of the speakers that he saw in school. They’d come in and say “Don’t do drugs! Don’t drink! Don’t smoke! Don’t do this! Don’t do that!”
But Kyle was a pretty good kid, so he thought, “Okay, great! I’m already not doing any of those things! But what SHOULD I do?”
But the speakers never had a good answer for that.
When Kyle became a speaker, he took the opposite approach. Instead of telling students what NOT to do, he shows them that their lives will be defined by the things they DO: the actions they take, the people they help, and the lives that they change.
He’s not going to stand up and lecture students about “avoiding destructive decisions”. He’s not going to try to “scare them straight” with horror stories of lives gone wrong.
Instead, he’s going to talk to them about living better stories, making a difference, and making the world a better place. About making their communities, schools, and classrooms better. He’s going to talk to them about the steps they can take TODAY to pave the way for a better tomorrow.
Keynote: Story of My Life...
Ask a room full of students “How many of you have ever had an adult try to motivate you with ‘make good choices’ talk?” and watch as every hand in the room shoots up.
Then ask “How many of you were actually motivated?” and listen to the crickets chirp.
Your students want more than just “good choices”. They want good stories.
After working with thousands of teenagers over the last ten years, Kyle knows exactly how to help them get those stories.
Instead of using scare tactics to shock students into good behavior, he’ll use the power of story to inspire them. Instead of reading off the laundry list of terrible things that might happen as a result of their bad choices, he’ll show them the incredible things that will happen as a result of their good ones.
Using stories from his own life (along with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor), Kyle shows your students that each and every one of them has the power to make their story one IN a million… or one OF a million.
Keynote: It Only Takes One
In this talk, Kyle cuts through the doom and gloom to show students that not only can one person make a difference, but massive movements boil down to individual people working together.
Using personal stories, Kyle points to individual people who made a huge difference in his own life, and shows how each of us can make a difference in the lives of those around us.
With a perfect balance of humor and inspiration, Kyle shows students that it only takes one person to change the world, and each of us can be that person.
Workshop: Reverse-Engineering Your Story
Once you decide to live a good story, what happens next? How do you decide what to do with your life? And once you decide, how do you get there?The answer lies in reverse-engineering. In this workshop, I help students “begin with the end in mind”, backtracking step-by-step to plan out the right path to reach their dream.
-How do I decide what to do with my life?
-How do I know if I’m being unrealistic?
-What should my next steps be?
-Who are the people who can help me reach my dream?
Students walk away with a list of actionable steps to take towards achieving their dream and living a better story. This workshop is a great way to reinforce the ideas from my keynote in a practical, small-group atmosphere.
Workshop: Change Your Community, Change Your World
In this workshop, Kyle Scheele teaches students how to make a difference in their classrooms, their schools, their communities, and eventually their world. Students learn to take ownership of the problems in their lives, assume leadership, and set the example for others to follow.
Workshop: Go START Something!
”I want to start a business/charity/club/organization, but I have no idea where to begin!”
Many students have found themselves in this place: ambitious, entrepreneurial, but without a clue as to where to start.
In this workshop, Kyle breaks down the nuts and bolts of bringing an idea to fruition. As someone who started his own t-shirt company in high school that distributed shirts across the country (and into Canada!), developed his own iPhone app with no knowledge of programming, and built a successful speaking business, Kyle knows what it takes to turn an idea into a profitable business, and he shares this knowledge with students in this fascinating workshop.
Workshop: Speaking in Public (Without Peeing Your Pants)
Public speaking consistently ranks as the number one fear in America.
The NUMBER ONE FEAR!
Not death, not nuclear war, not even waking up to find that you sleepwalked to school in your underwear.
But public speaking doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be a blast for both the speaker AND the audience if you take the time to learn a few tricks of the trade. As someone who has spoken to thousands and thousands of teenagers and adults across the country, Kyle knows a thing or two about speaking with confidence, holding an audience’s attention, and using humor to drive home a point.
In this workshop, he boils down his years of speaking experience into a practical, step-by-step method for improving your speaking technique.
Educator Workshop: Editor-in-Chief - Helping Your Students Live Better Stories
When you ask an educator “Why did you get into this line of work?”, you’ll hear stories: stories of teachers who invested in them, who challenged them, who inspired them to be more. And then you’ll hear “… and after all that teacher gave to me, I wanted to be able to do the same for my students.”
But oftentimes that idealism is lost somewhere along the way and eventually teaching turns into a routine. It becomes less about educating and more about managing: managing students’ behavior, managing parents’ expectations (not to mention the expectations of the district, the principal, and the state!), managing grade-keeping, etc.
But being a teacher is about more than managing. It’s even about more than educating.
Being a teacher is about editing.
The students you teach are telling stories with their lives: stories of pain & tragedy, of love & loss, and hopefully stories of triumph. But they need your help with those stories. They need help knowing what to keep & what to leave out, where to focus effort and where to use an eraser. They need an editor to help shape their stories.
In this workshop, Kyle helps educators get back to the things that brought them into teaching in the first place. He brings practical ideas and proven techniques for leaving your management-style education behind in favor of a job as Editor-in-chief.
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
“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
“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."KEITH DIETZSCHOLD – MISSOURI FFA EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
“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
“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
“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
“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 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