T.J. Sullivan

T.J. Sullivan

T.J. Sullivan has three decades’ experience as an influential voice in college student leadership. He has spoken to audiences of more than 3-million in all 50 states and has won top national awards from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors, the American College Personnel Association, and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

T.J. Sullivan has three decades’ experience as an influential voice in college student leadership. He has spoken to audiences of more than 3-million in all 50 states and has won top national awards from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors, the American College Personnel Association, and the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

T.J. has been a leading voice in college leadership for more than three decades, and his book, Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations, is used in leadership programs across the nation.  His engaging style and sense of humor make him the perfect keynote presenter for your next Student Activities or FSL leadership event. He will definitely inspire your student leaders!

PROGRAMS

Motivating the Middle

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

It’s the college leadership strategy that will set you free!

If you want to be a successful, impactful leader, you need to stop leading people based on a level of engagement you WISH they had, and start leading, motivating, influencing, and impacting them from where they ARE.  It means using your energy and resources in a smarter way. In this session, we will talk about how engagement in your group varies from person to person, for very authentic and honest reasons, and how to motivate each level of engagement so that you can move your organization forward more effectively.  

Based on the best-selling book, Motivating the Middle is the leadership philosophy that will help you avoid burnout, and raise morale in your chapter or council, and make college leadership the fun learning experience it was always meant to be.

Ideal Audiences

  • Alumni Engagement
  • Community College
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • Leadership Development
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Officer Training

Audience members will…

  • Help student leaders understand different levels of member engagement as both conscious and unconscious choices made by individuals
  • Identify what motivates members at different engagement levels
  • Discuss how certain events, practices, and habits negatively impact motivating and member engagement
  • Adjust expectations that student leaders have of their members so they can lead them appropriately
  • Reduce stress inside of student organizations
  • Mitigate leader burnout

How to Be a Board MVP

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

We spend a good amount of time teaching student organization officers how to be well-rounded leaders. Sometimes, we even train them how to do their actual position duties well! But, what we don’t teach them is how to be an effective and impactful member of their organization’s leadership board. A huge part of their role is to behave as a thoughtful and collaborative unit. What does it mean to be a good member of that group?

A student organization with a cohesive, fairly-harmonious board just works better. How can we build relationships, expectations around performance and engagement, and a sense of purpose from the outset?

This program is a critical addition to your leadership training. Use it as an add-on workshop to a “Motivating the Middle” keynote or as a stand-alone training (in-person or virtual). Many of your student leaders will go on to serve on boards in community organizations throughout their careers. Take this opportunity to get them thinking about how their role on a leadership team can advance the organizations they most care about.

Ideal Audiences

  • Programming Boards 
  • Fraternity/Sorority 
  • Student Government
  • Officer Training

Audience members will…

  • Differentiate the difference between organizational goals and personal goals, advocating for their points of view while respecting those of others

  • Set expectations around attendance, confidentiality, and cohesive positioning with fellow officers

  • Create a small group culture around support and collaboration

  • Consider how to best tap into support resources to support the leadership team

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