"I was captivated by Joel's eloquence; I was hanging on every word he said."
Engaging ~ Interactive ~ Inspiring
For audiences of 19 to 1900 or even more, for ages eleven to eleventy, Joel will customize a presentation for your group that's sure to be a hit.
Youth / Students
Joel can work with you to ensure YOUR main goals and messages are being delivered. Always entertaining AND thought-provoking, you'll love the combination of juggling, magic, stories, interactive activities and even mousetraps!
"What's this presentation really about?"
In general, Joel stopped creating titles for his youth presentations because nobody a) remembered the title, or b) cared about remembering the title. But they DID know what they learned. So, after presentations, Joel asks audience members, "What was this presentation about?" Here are some of the answers:
Leadership Conferences Being willing to take risks - have a goal and follow it. Leading with integrity - be the best 'me' I can be. Appreciating our power - our small daily actions matter.
School Assemblies Taking responsibility for our actions. Being willing to take risks & get involved. Being a good person - think about more than myself.
Graduation / Convocation Addresses Choosing our own path - not blindly following others. Using our own gifts to best help others & the world. Taking risks & not letting fear rule us - Life is a journey. Workshops (from 30 minutes to full day programs) Essential skills for success - visualization, goal setting, time management Teamwork - coaching, creative problem solving, empathic listening Self-awareness - personal life balance, personality modes, conflict resolution
The Best Form of a Compliment
Sometimes, students thank Joel after a presentation, saying that he made them decide to do something differently in their lives. While it's flattering, Joel always encourages the students to take credit for their own actions and decisions. Joel didn't make anyone do anything - the students decided themselves. But it's nice to know that Joel was perhaps involved in some small way. Here's a list of some of his favorite decisions students have shared with him:
Apply for a job
Quit a job
Write a letter
Hand in homework
Go to college
Travel to a new place
Insult him/herself less
Try a new food
Thank a teacher
Thank a coach
Start a business plan
Play with mousetraps
Play with Mousetraps. Seriously.
Don't worry, mom - it's safe. Students respond well to demonstrations that catch them off guard. Joel has had thousands of students put their hands on mousetraps, proving to themselves and their peers that they have the ability to think critically, overcome fears, and take risks.
"Humour is definitely one of the best ways I've found to engage an audience, but making people laugh without delivering a message is a missed opportunity.
Character education is SO important, but it doesn't make sense to say to students, 'we're going to talk about character now' - they shut down - and so would anybody.
By engaging in stories, examples, and demonstrations that draw people in, students find lessons that are meaningful to them - they feel like they OWN the message. They're not making choices because someone tells them it's the right choice to make; they're making choices because the right choices became obvious to them."