Kaylon Blake

Creating an experience in every presentation, Kaylon Blake uses his down to earth personality and southern charm to inspire student to become change agents of leadership.

Topics

▪Diversity ▪Hazing ▪Leadership
▪Motivation and Inspiration ▪Organizational Development

Keynotes

▪Getting People to do Their D@MN Job!
▪The “non-hazing” organization
▪Don’t forget the RANCH…
▪The Pep Talk!
▪HEADLINES!

 

Kaylon Blake uses his charismatic personality, mainstream media, and personal experiences to connect issues and challenges to practical approaches and solutions to leadership. His passion and expertise is rooted in post-secondary student development with an emphasis in student leadership and engagement, fraternity and sorority life, diversity, hazing prevention, and student organizations. In addition to these keynote presentations, Kaylon loves to put his journalism background to use hosting step shows, pageants, stroll-offs, fashion shows, concerts, competitions, and other special events.

Kaylon’s Bio

Kaylon Blake has been described as one of the most fun and down to earth presenters, hosts, and facilitators. Since joining the public speaking industry in 2009, he has invested countless hours entertaining, educating, and empowering students, working professionals, and audiences in various arenas. Kaylon serves as the Interim Director for Student Life at the University of Central Arkansas and advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Kaylon is the founder of the UCA Black Male Achievement Challenge Program, and PROJECT X, which is an early arrival program for men of color. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University.

As a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Kaylon was an extremely active student leader. He served on the Student Orientation Staff, Student Government Association, and led several organizations as president including the Black Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It was through these experiences that he lived the challenges of leadership and managed to motivate his members and keep the organizations thriving.

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Keynotes

Getting People to do Their D@MN Job!

Being in student leadership is hard! But the hardest part of leading others is “GETTING PEOPLE TO DO THEIR D@MN JOB”. We’ve all been in positions where leading people seems to be like getting an act of Congress passed. Whether they aren’t motivated to step up to the plate or they just don’t seem to listen… this part of leadership is challenging. We generally think 1 of 5 things (1) They are all just stupid, (2) They don’t care, (3) They don’t like me, (4) They won’t listen, and (5) They don’t respect me… (or maybe you think all 5 of them). The truth of the matter is that there are a few things we can do as leaders to foster more commitment among members. This presentation is designed to identify ways to keep the leadership experience exciting while increasing the performance of members.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to identify strategies to keep the student organization experience exciting.
  • how to identify challenges that take the positive energy out of group dynamics and prevent people from maximizing their performance and bringing their best self.
  • how to increase the performance of executive officers, chapter members, new members, and leaders.
  • how to create change within their organizations.
Don’t forget the RANCH…

Imagine you favorite food at your favorite restaurant. Now imagine you are hungry as hell and you drive across town to get that meal at your favorite spot. You walk in, get seated, the server gets your drink order and appetizer. Now it’s time to order your food. You tell the server your exact order, and they look at you and say “Oh, I’m sorry that is no longer on the menu”. At that moment you feel upset, disappointed, you have no idea what to do now, and you want some answers. How often does that happen in our organizations and leadership experiences? People come to us for a specific thing: leadership, mentorship, brotherhood, sisterhood, community, team-work, etc. but it is no longer on the menu.

What do people come to you for and is it still on the menu? This presentation looks at the norms, culture, and values of organizations and members.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to identify the value in their organizations and the experience they create.
  • how to understand the importance of carrying on the positive traditions and cultures of their organization.
  • how to examine key practices to enhance the organization’s brand.
  • how to use new approaches to engaging members and students.
The “non-hazing” organization

I remember being a college freshman and being EXTRA excited to go to my first Greek informational meeting. I knew nothing about fraternities or sororities besides what I saw on television. Soooooooooo like many freshman I believed everything they said. One thing they said was “We are a non-hazing organization”, and, well, like most freshmen, I believed that too! From the moment I joined the Greek community I realized that the statement was true, we are all non-hazing organizations… However, we do have a few hazing members, and that is the problem!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to define hazing.
  • how to identify hazing behaviors.
  • how to understand the effects and impact of hazing.
  • actionable steps they can take if they experience or observe hazing of any form.
The Pep Talk!

During pregame, most athletics teams hit the field or the court with energy and excitement. What you don’t see is the “The Pep Talk” before the entrance. It’s the coach motivating and inspiring the team to give it 100%. It’s the coach affirming the talents and skills of each members. It’s the coach reminding them of the plays, and how to run them. It’s the coach reinforcing the love, the passion, and the excitement for game. Sometimes we forget to do that with our students and student organizations. “The Pep Talk” is designed to reignite the fires of our members and ensure that we keep the energy and excitement throughout the year.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to integrate new ideas and initiatives into their leadership experience.
  • the role they play in the team dynamic.
  • how to demonstrate ways to incorporate their skills and talents into the team dynamic.
  • how to foster a more positive attitude and energy towards their leadership experience.
HEADLINES!

Whether we are looking at an offensive picture from a costume party over the weekend, or hearing non- African-American folks use the N-word… people can just be so insensitive. There are a lot of diversity fouls that can land your campus and organizations a spot on the front page of the newspaper, get your chapter/organization kicked off campus, get you kicked out of school, or get your butt kicked! Sometimes people maliciously do stupid things, and other times they don’t even know they are being offensive. “You don’t know, what you know don’t know”, and HEADLINES is designed to educate students on what they don’t know about creating and inclusive campus community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion on college campuses.
  • how to explore strategies to creating a more diverse and inclusive community.
  • how to identify offensive behaviors and how to foster civility among subgroups.
  • how to help keep their organization and university out of the news headlines for offensive behavior.