Are your fraternities and sororities held back by chapters and members who don’t get it or who just don’t care? Do you have members who are there for the wrong reasons?
▪Confrontation Skills ▪Emotional Intelligence ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Hazing ▪Recruitment ▪Values
David has been called many things – blunt, honest and funny are his favorites. He is an educator, a trainer, a keynote speaker and an entrepreneur. David is passionate, fiercely loyal and irrationally biased toward the things he loves. Philadelphia is the greatest city in the world. The University of Maryland is the most beautiful campus of all 600 he’s visited. And, the Phillies WILL win the World Series… someday.
David believes in the inherent dignity of all people, except for those that think Whataburger is better than In-n-Out Burger. (Those people need professional help.) David believes in the power of personal stories, and that leaders have the ability to change the world.
Over the last 20 years, he has won lots of awards from all sorts of cool organizations for his work with college students and the advancement of the college fraternal communities. David has spoken in Canada, and 49 of the 50 states – and that will sound MUCH cooler once the University of Alaska gets it together!
Most importantly, he is a husband, and father of the three most adorable children in the world.
“In a matter of just a few hours, David was able to get buy in from students that I’ve been working two years to get. His direct approach made them look seriously at what they could do better, and they are completely motivated to get going!”
“David Stollman really opened some eyes during his presentation. He gave our community the swift kick in the rear that it needed and I see it being a lasting effect at Florida Tech.”
“David definitely placed the foundation to our next step in creating a better Greek Community here at Radford University. Every participant had something to take back to their Council and their organization.”
“I think that he had amazing ideas about mundane things that people don’t even think about changing normally. The students got a lot out of it, and almost didn’t realize that they were learning things, because they were having so much fun along the way”
“David and his messages to our Greek community were exactly what they needed to hear. I have been approached by many members and their remarks about the program were all positive. We certainly enjoyed having David here and we look forward to having him back again in the future. Thank you again from all of us here at Fairmont State University.”
“David’s presentation was one like I have never seen or heard before. He has you questioning a lot but in a great way. I have never felt more proud to be in Greek life and represent my letters. You are left speechless but yet want to talk non-stop about the words he said.”
“The biggest lesson I learned from David was how to prevent hazing. We hear it every day in the Greek community, but how do we truly stop it? David presented such great insight and life experiences in his own fraternity to allow me to see that it isn’t 4 years, but the Greek community is “4 life.” The lessons he taught better prepared me for making a difference in my organization and I’m extremely grateful. Thank you, David!”
Melanie Regina Vaugh
Buy In or GET OUT!
Too often, good leaders and good chapters are not able to succeed because they are too busy cleaning up after the ones that don’t get it. Much of the time organizations are fighting against the negative image these members create. Imagine how much more could be accomplished if they were part of the solution, instead of part of the problem.
David Stollman is ready to take the wheel will say the things that you wish you could.
Let him confront them in his funny, interactive and moving style. His message will inspire those that want to care about the core values of Fraternity and Sorority Life—fellowship, service, leadership and scholarship, and he will challenge your members to embrace the best and get rid of the rest. This keynote will touch on topics that range across all major issues facing today’s members.
As a result of attending this program, students will:
- have renewed motivation to live up to their ritual’s teachings,
- have a better understanding about the degrading effect perpetuating negative stereotypes have on the Fraternity and Sorority Life community,
- understand their role in breaking stereotypes, and holding others accountable to do the same, and
- remember that their brother or sister is their personal responsibility, and that communities are responsible to, and for each other.
Drop the Drama
Drama. Aren’t you sick of it?!
What if more members were capable of having honest and difficult but necessary conversations? These “soft skills,” like the ability to have critical conversations, to confront others without negativity and to receive critical feedback are prized by employers. Training students now will positively impact your organization and prepare members for future success. In this keynote, David helps students learn the fundamentals that help build more respectful, caring and authentic communication strategies among individuals and within their communities.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- how to use effective confrontational skills,
- how to receive critical feedback, and
- how to create a positive communication culture within an organization.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Recruitment Programs
Not “Quantity vs. Quality,” Quantity AND Quality! In the Fraternity and Sorority Life world, it’s often survival of the fittest. Some fraternities and sororities thrive, while others hang near extinction. Struggling groups need to approach member recruitment in new ways in order to survive. You are what you recruit.
David brings consulting experience with nearly 350 Fraternity and Sorority Life systems nationwide, to help students improve their ability to recruit today’s complex student achiever. With his help, chapters have quadrupled their memberships, and increased their bid acceptance by more than 50 percent. Topics such as risk management, hazing and new member education are part of his holistic approach to member excellence.
David truly relates to his audiences, using humor and real-life scenarios to help members understand how to better market the product of “fraternity.” His keynote, Fraternal Darwinism: The Evolution of Greek Life, is the answer for fraternity or sorority chapters or entire systems that have grown stagnant. David makes sure you never have to say “Oops!” about a member again. David is available for all-day workshops or for shorter keynote sessions. He is also available to consult with fraternities and sororities for longer consultations, which include several visits.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- how to conquer fear to make positive changes within their organization,
- the importance of standing up and challenging the process when you see something wrong,
- how their organization and community values demand a fearless outlook,
- that despite their letters, they have more commonalities than differences with their community, and
- actionable strategies they can use immediately to start developing a fearless culture.