How to Fail Forward

What’s something that scares you the most? For some it’s public speaking, for others, it’s being alone, and for some, it’s the fear of failure. It seems like we’re too afraid to fail and too scared to show our flaws or imperfections. But that’s not life, that’s not real. What if, and just go with me on this, what if when we fail, we succeed? You’ve heard it before: “What...

CAMPUSPEAK Adds 21 New Facilitators to its Roster in 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Jessica Goodbred-Warren Director of Marketing & Communications p: (844) 745-8570 e: jessica@campuspeak.com   CAMPUSPEAK Adds 21 New Facilitators to its Roster in 2017   May 19, 2017, Orlando, FL – CAMPUSPEAK announced today the addition of 21 new facilitators to its roster, focused on leading the company’s Interactive Workshops. CAMPUSPEAK offers 11 Interactive Workshops that encourage students to interact and take an active role in...

The Secret the Universe Wants You to Know

Want to know how to create the best life you can live?  Sure, you do. We all do. Let me fill you in on a little secret that the universe and life are working diligently to show us all the time. There is a way to get whatever we want in life, to achieve the life we are meant to live. In order to succeed at reaching our innate...

Why The Best Students Seek Out Good Friction

If you’re striving to make progress on anything meaningful in your life, what you need most is something we all tend to avoid. Good friction.  What is good friction, exactly? It’s another way to describe getting real, constructive feedback that asks the tough questions, helps us find our footing so we can get traction, and pushes us to be a little better in our work and everyday lives. The rub...

How Women Will End Hazing

[This article is based on content contributed by the author for publication in the upcoming book – Fall 2018 – by Hank Nuwer titled Destroying Young Lives: Hazing in Schools and the Military.] “The world will be saved by the western woman.” When the Dalai Lama, who called himself a feminist, made this statement at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009, he may not have known what a sensation...

Listen Up!

When was the last time you really listened to someone? I mean really, truly listened—with no phone in your hand, no earbud in one ear, no inner monologue? Chances are it’s been a while. Listening is an incredibly powerful skill—and an even more powerful tool. By truly listening to someone, you’re ensuring their voice is heard, which sounds obvious, but it’s empowering. We’re often so caught up with wanting...

See something, say something: how confrontation makes us better

    Years ago, there was a student on our team—I’ll call her Julie—who did some strange things while cleaning our clients’ homes. She would try on clients’ shoes, spray on their cologne, play their very old, very expensive and very off-limits pianos (“Mary Had A Little Lamb,” no less), and she even made a long-distance call from a client’s landline once. And I, her boss, said nothing. Her...

Spring Fever

Spring is officially here, spring break has likely come and gone, and the rapid pace of the end of the semester is about to begin. While this is often filled with exciting events, it can also be a time with numerous deadlines and long to-do lists. The stress of getting it all done may lead to us being less understanding of your roommate’s annoying habits, team member’s lack of...

How does one find their life’s passion? By serving others.

Nowadays we are asked to volunteer for many different things – from serving at food banks, to walk-a-thons, to participating in breast cancer awareness events. All of which are important. But while volunteering, we often act mechanically without a thought – except to just to get it over with. To volunteer is to give of one’s self and to truly find out who you are and what you are...

5 Tips for a Safer Spring Break

It’s that time of year when college students around the country travel to sunny beaches and other vacation spots to enjoy their spring break. Unfortunately, some leave behind the knowledge they’ve gained and disregard some of the safer behaviors they’ve learned regarding alcohol use. Here are a few tips for a safer spring break, to help reduce risks and negative consequences associated with heavy drinking: Spring break is a...

Monica McGee Appointed Chief Operating Officer of CAMPUSPEAK

March 8, 2017, Orlando, FL – CAMPUSPEAK announced today the appointment of Monica McGee as its Chief Operating Officer, effective April 3, 2017. “I’ve known Monica for over a decade and couldn’t be more excited for her to join our staff team. She has always had a student-first approach to her work that I admire,” says David Stollman, President of CAMPUSPEAK. “That approach will translate into ensuring that we continue...

The need for conversations on masculinity.

For me, masculinity has always been an interesting concept. I grew up in a military family surrounded by what some might consider ideologies of “traditional” masculinity. My father was stoic and expected achievement. Our lives were heavily ordered, and he served as the primary breadwinner, while my mother was a source of emotional support and nurturing. I did not live in a military school by any means, but there...

Tips for recruiting and retaining LGBTQ+ students.

  When I was in high school, I remember checking out the college and university brochures, trying to decide which campus looked like the best fit for me. Like many prospective students, I looked at the city or town the campus was located in, the overall vibe of the community, what kinds of activities were available in the surrounding areas, like skiing, hiking, attractions, etc., and finally, I checked...

I spent 24-hours of my honeymoon playing soccer with Syrian refugees.

Ethan Zohn won a million dollars on the TV show Survivor and put the money to good use. As a philanthropist, entrepreneur and college speaker, Ethan dedicates his time to helping others in need and educating his audiences on how they can make a difference. Read his most recent article about how he and his wife spent their honeymoon making a positive impact: I spent 24-hours of my honeymoon playing...

Building a legacy through leadership and service.

Service is an integral part of leadership. Not only do student leaders have the opportunity to inspire and guide their fellow students. They can also model the importance of serving our communities, and giving to those in need. Someone who modeled this for me was my mother. Here is a story about her: It was 1990, and I was sitting in the auditorium of my old high school waiting...

Words Make a Difference

  Recognizing people is one the most important parts of being a leader, and it’s also one of my favorite parts. Praising and complimenting others has always come naturally to me, and I love making people feel good about themselves. But the first time I remember my positive words really making an impact on someone was soon after I started a cleaning company when I was in college. It...

The Power of Belonging

      Over the last four years, I have engaged in an in-depth inquiry into the nature of fraternal brotherhood and sisterhood. I have learned a great deal about the fraternal experience in those four years, and have published and presented research that I think represents a fundamental shift in focus for those of us working in the fraternity/sorority industry. Of all that we have learned, one finding stands...

I cannot make you change. But I can change me.

    “If only my spouse/child/parent/boss would change…” To focus our attention on what we can’t control produces suffering. You and I have limited resources. We have finite time, energy and attention. When we expend those resources on what is beyond our control, suffering ensues. That suffering is a sign. It means we’re out of balance with the natural order of things. It means we’re not harnessing our limited...

The Perfect Love Affair #PLA

      “Love is patient, and love is kind…” or so the story is told. There is a moment when you think about your personal love, and sometimes it leads to warm fuzzy moments or cold realities of the bad decisions you have made in your lifetime. We often find ourselves waiting for someone to say how much they like us, or even how much they love us....

How to Mistake Your Way to Your Best Self

It’s pretty uncommon these days for anyone to encourage you to make a mistake, let alone celebrate one. A mistake is considered to be the opposite of a success and therefore something to be avoided in our success-focused culture. But what if I told you that it’s not so simple – that mistakes are crucial for your personal growth and that avoiding mistakes is the best way to keep you...

Selling is Synonymous with Success

    “I do not have the personality to be a great salesperson.” I may be the first one to tell you this, but personally believing in that statement can be a major hindrance to your personal and business progression. Out of every ten salespeople that you meet, two usually have the personality of a great salesperson. The ones that we usually run into are the other eight, and...

Leadership Misconceptions: How Extraordinary Leaders Inspire and Lead Differently

  Leadership is… action, not position. transformation, not a transaction. influence, not management. a verb, not a noun. Whether I am speaking to student audiences or corporate organizations, the challenges and frustrations I hear leaders talk about have common threads. The seasoned executive and department manager are very likely dealing with many of the same issues as the student leader. “Others just don’t seem to care as much.” “If...

Showing Up With Purpose & Embracing Vulnerability in 2017

    We have all been affected by trauma: violence, disease, injustice, poverty. I believe that these certain events in our lives (both in personal and societal spheres) resonate with us and inspire us to change the world for the better. Some of us just lack the courage and insight to step out into our calling. For myself, it was an unfortunate event of sexual violence that caused me...

Put On Your Oxygen Mask First: Prioritizing Self-Care

  It’s the beginning of 2017. Are you already feeling stressed out? After the holiday season, we tend to be that much harder on ourselves and the start of a new year can feel even more overwhelming. When the workload has got you down, one of the best things you can do is take preventative steps to protect your wellbeing. We call this self-care. What is self-care? I like...

The “secret sauce” of SNL’s success is dropping the drama

  It is strange that a show like Saturday Night Live’s success comes from removing “drama,” but it’s true! To understand why, let’s first talk about belonging, psychological safety and authenticity. Belonging. My friends Gentry and Josh over at Dyad Strategies told me a lot about belonging that I already knew. Good research can uncover ideas that make you say, “duh,” because common sense helps us come to some...

Tom Healy releases his new book, Limitless Leadership.

  Speaker Tom Healy is passionate about helping students reach their extraordinary leadership potential. For the past seven years, Tom has used his straightforward style to empower students by challenging them, making them laugh and most importantly, helping them thrive as a leader in everything they do! Tom recently released his new book, Limitless Leadership: Find Your Drive to Thrive. Through his personal experiences, extensive research and working directly...

2017: Your Year of Practicing Badassery

    Every year in January we are bombarded with the #NewYearNewYou, that consists of promises to lose some pounds by giving up all of our favorite foods and doing some kind of fitness challenge, only to quit it all in a matter of weeks. Well, this year I am challenging you to something greater, something deeper. I am challenging you to have your most badass year to date....

How law imitates life (from Life as a Courtroom)

    As I have discovered, practicing law can be an all-encompassing profession. The law literally affects everything around us. It naturally follows, then, that I often use the law to make larger points about life. With the foregoing in mind, here are a few ways that the law imitates life. Passion Makes for a Better Result Passion is defined as “a strong liking or devotion to an activity,...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Ever heard the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on the radio? Do you think of crazy shoppers and cookies gone wrong rather than what the song is really about it—how it truly can be the most wonderful time of the year? It is so easy to get caught up in the madness that this time of year can bring if we’re not careful. It can...

Avoiding Ethical Negligence

If you were walking down the street, and you saw someone lying on the ground in obvious distress that you did not cause, would you help that person?  As an attorney, I am often presented with the question of whether something being contemplated is “legal.” The definition of legal is “something that is permitted by law.” One of the more well-known legal concepts is what we call negligence. When...

Class Begins After School

  “After I finish college or graduate school, I am going to attack my first job with the same intensity as school and set short term goals to stay motivated.” This thought seems like the best way for all college students to look at the next phase of their lives, but based on recent statistics, it’s not hard to understand why students might not feel motivated after graduation. According...

We all have a vice. This was mine.

  We all know that student. The one that has so much potential, they could probably change the world if they would only stop letting it all go to waste. Instead of studying, they’re playing video games. Instead of networking, they’re binge watching Netflix. Instead of going to the gym, they’re eating at McDonalds, again. We all know that student. Many of us are that student. I was. My situation...

5 Secrets of a Go-Getter Girl

  As we look forward to ushering in 2017, several goals and aspirations are in the rearview mirror. Some fulfilled dreams, some unfulfilled. Some exceeded goals, some not so much. Some incredible highs, some backbreaking lows. The go-getter girl in us reflects on the happenings of the past year, and she feels rejuvenated and incredibly hopeful about the gifts 2017 may bring. A go-getter girl is one of a...

Build a purpose-driven career

   Adam (Smiley) Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a bestseller and #1 top-rated job-hunting book on Amazon. His next book will be published by Perigee (Penguin Random House) in 2016. He has inspired young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work as director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, and previously as director at The Bold Academy. Smiley is a mentor for the...

The DNA of Extraordinary Leadership: An interview with Dr. Kevin Snyder

Whether he’s speaking to college students or corporate executives, Kevin Snyder engages and entertains audiences by sharing powerful lessons of leadership inspiring them to think bigger, overcome adversity and work together to achieve common goals. Kevin has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for nearly a decade. He’s also a former Dean of Students, author and professional speaker with a wealth of...

Living as Your Authentic Self

Once I transitioned from female-to-male eight years ago, I was able to live life as my true authentic self. I am embracing the change and progress I have witnessed, not only in who I am, but also in the world around me. I grew up thinking that I was the only one who felt out of place in my own body. Now, I see the transgender community becoming a...

Discovering Your Social Entrepreneurial “Aha” Moment

It’s as if it were just yesterday. I was sitting in my hotel room in Patna, the state capital of Bihar, a state in East India, bordering Nepal. I had been visiting for a week while on assignment as a documentary photographer for a girl’s literacy nonprofit based in Delhi. I had just settled in after my last day of documenting at an impoverished all-girls school just on the...