Voted Best Campus Speaker for 2010
Del received his Master's degree in Instructional Design and Development from Florida State University, and studied with Dr. Robert Gagne and Dr. Leslie Briggs, two of the most widely respected scholars in educational psychology and peers of Dr. B. F. Skinner. He received a Bachelor's degree cum laude in History and Political Science from FSU.
The following Leadership Development programs are available for presentation on your campus. Each program is approximately 50-75 minutes long. If you have additional related topics in mind, please contact Del. He's constantly seeking new ideas, and will develop a special program to meet your specific needs.
For a sample full-day Student Leadership Conference schedule, Click here.
For Drop-In Leadership Conference, Click here.
Personal Leadership Development
How To Do Anything(60 mins approx.)
What do you want to do? Be SGA President? Be President of the United States? Fly a plane? Be a movie star? Teach? Travel? This session will give you the tools to reach your goals. Success is a matter of goal setting and developing a plan of action. Achieving your goals is really pretty simple...whether they are basic or lofty, material or spiritual. First you have to set a goal, then develop a strategy to accomplish it. But, of course, you have to stay motivated. This session is perfect for Orientation, "Freshman Year Experience" classes, athletic teams, SGA or Program Board retreats, a Keynote Address, or for the student body.
Leading Well(60 mins approx.)
A potpourri of personal leadership, organizational leadership, and interpersonal skills-- this session covers it all. You'll learn the basic sources of leadership plus five ways to become a better leader. You'll learn five ways to do a better job leading your organization. And-- the bonus-- the five most important interpersonal skills. This is a great session for your intermediate leaders, those who are showing great potential and need some direction to the next level of leadership skill.
Truly Leading(60 mins approx.)
So you've sought a position of leadership (or had it thrust upon you). Now what do you do? Leadership can be a complex task, but True Leadership comes from both within and without. It begins by knowing yourself, and who you seek to be. In this session, we'll define leadership, consider the various elements and components. By understanding what followers look for and expect from their leaders, you can better develop the characteristics and attributes that will make you a better leader. This allows you to to Truly Lead by inspiring others to follow.
Making More Time With Time Management(60 mins approx.)
Time management is a lie-- we can't manage time. What we can do is manage how we use the time we have. This program deals with the "Three P's of Time Management": Planning, Prioritizing, and Procrastination. After attending this program, your students will have some solid and useful tools for utilizing their time, and getting more done.
Leading Through Service(60 mins approx.)
In today's world, the gift of service may be even more valuable to many nonprofit organizations than philanthropy. You can support the causes you believe in with your service, while growing into a better leader. Learn how your own efforts can lead to positive changes within individuals, families, and the world-- while at the same time you are honing your own leadership skills. This session includes some basic leadership skills, achievement practices, goal setting, and successful motivations from a lifelong volunteer leader.
The Power of Interpersonal Skills(60 mins approx.)
It is remarkable how important our interpersonal skills are in our lives. They effect every aspect of your personality and perception-- that is, how you are perceived by others. Interpersonal skills include everything from your manners and habits to your body language and posture to etiquette. Having good interpersonal skills can assure you get the promotion at the interview-- or a date for the Formal. They are that important. This program will teach your student leaders the power of good interpersonal skills.
The Leadership Position(60 mins approx.)
Some folks just seem to be "born leaders." But if you're not a trait-based leader, you can still attain a Leadership Position. That doesn't mean just winning an election or being appointed to the right position, because 'power' is not the same as 'authority.' There are ways to "acquire" leadership-- that is, to be perceived as a leader and to inspire others to follow you. Drawing from such diverse sources as advertising and marketing concepts, Shakespeare, and even the basic tenants of Alcoholics Anonymous, this session explains how you can re-create yourself as a real leader.
Interpersonal Skills and Conflict Resolution(60 mins approx.)
It is remarkable how important our interpersonal skills are in our lives. They effects every aspect of your personality and perception-- that is, how you are perceived! Interpersonal skills include everything from your manners and habits to etiquette. Have good interpersonal skills can assure you get the job at the interview-- or a date for the dance. They are that important. Understanding Conflict, and how to resolve it, is a singular Interpersonal Skill that will also draw focus in this session.
The Business Of Music(60 mins approx.)
**A Special Topic of Interest to all your campus musicians and performers!**
Designed to explain how the world of commercial music operates, it covers nearly all areas of music and entertainment. It includes live performance, recording and the record industry, publishing, radio, and more. It will explain the role of such professionals as personal managers, booking agents, entertainment attorneys, road managers, and others. It's a rare chance to "follow the money" from a voting member of The Recording Academy!
Recreating Your Organization(60 mins approx.)
It seems like every organization-- no matter how dynamic-- eventually becomes stale. Successful leaders are able to reignite organizations and members, and inspire them to higher goals. This session will cover a number of immediate actions that can be implemented today to improve your organization, plus both short-term and long-term changes which will result in continuing improvements next month and next year. It includes some basic leadership skills, organizational structure, meeting management, concepts of goal setting, and outcome evaluation.
Secrets of Recruitment(60 mins approx.)
Ever notice that some organizations have lots of active and involved members, while other organizations struggle to survive? There is always a reason, and often that reason is one word: recruitment. This session will teach you to recruit more (and better) members, while also teaching you how to get those new members involved. If you want your campus organizations to flourish, then consider presenting this program. You can never have too many volunteers!
Officer Training for Organizations(60 mins approx.)
You don't automatically know how to be an organizational officer just because you are elected. Where can you learn to be an effective President, a vital VP, an essential Secretary and a trustworthy Treasurer? This session provides the basic training for the four major officers in every organization. Can you imagine how effective your campus clubs and organizations would be if the officers knew their jobs? Includes meeting management, leadership skills, concepts of minutes, financial basics, and much more.
Goal Setting For Organizations(60 mins approx.)
Goals are not ethereal, abstract dreams. They are concrete and specific-- and absolutely necessary for every organization and individual. Whether it's raising funds for worthy cause, becoming the largest club on campus, or simply seeking to be "the best," every group must have a goal. There a strategies for setting and achieving goals, strategies which will move you towards success directly and quickly. This session will teach you how.
Team Building(90 mins approx.)
Team building programs have traditionally taken a physical approach... but not every location has the capacity for a ropes course or other physical program. Del has created a team building program that helps your students understand the intellectual concept of team work while simultaneously completing team bonding exercises. This program was first developed by Del for college athletic teams, and proved so successful that he has transformed it into a student leader team building.