What Type Of Person Do You Want To Become?
About Kyle Grappone
Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully, you watched my demo video and now want to learn more about me!
I am a youth educational public speaker with a passion for guiding, mentoring and educating high school and college students. Whether it’s my keynotes, workshops, or blog posts my ultimate goal is to motivate students to Think Differently and answer the question What Type Of Person Do I Want To Become?
I started this movement after several years of various corporate jobs in the ‘real world’. I noticed a disturbing trend of individuals who spent their days complaining about their jobs, waiting for Friday and then complaining on Monday that their weekend went by too fast. It is a never-ending cycle of misery for those who do not enjoy the life they are currently living.
We are creating generations of individuals who dislike their lives and feel that there is nothing they can do about it. This is resulting in increasing rates of violence, depression, anxiety and even suicide.
Today’s students are unaware of the next steps in life that await them. They must be ready to take ownership of their lives and prepare themselves accordingly. My talks and content challenge them to think differently about how they approach these next steps. By thinking differently, they can begin to break this cycle and inspire younger generations to build a life that they love.
I invite you to read about my keynotes and workshops below and then fill out the form so we can start the conversation.
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Live The Dream,
What You Don't See Coming
Who Is It For?
High School Students (All Grades)
In this keynote, created specifically for high school students, I talk about the important part of life that they are about to enter. Growing up, making informed decisions, taking advantage of resources, creating new relationships, and more are covered in-depth. Here is where I challenge the students to begin ‘thinking differently’ and to make small changes every day on the road to college and adulthood.
- What type of person do you want to become?
- What kind of impact do you want to have on this world?
- What to do if you want to pursue a career that is outside the box
- Trade School VS College
- How today’s decisions can affect your life 10 years from now
- What does it mean to ‘sleep through life’?
- Understanding the impact of your choices
- Why you should care TODAY not tomorrow
- How to be fully prepared for all aspects of college
- How to implement small daily changes in order to change your overall mindset
You Can Sleep If You Want To
Who Is It For?
College Freshman / High School Seniors
In this talk, I speak to high school seniors and college freshman about what college is really like and the topics High School did not cover. This conversation is a blend of funny stories and sobering facts as I challenge the audience to think beyond the cliché college student experience. Here is where I implore the students to understand the opportunity in front of them and show them how to make the most out of it.
- The 5 People You Meet In College
- 3 Changes You’re Not Ready For
- Be careful who you trust and who you follow
- What high school could not have prepared you for
- Creating a plan to get the most out of college
- How to navigate difficult situations
- Taking advantage of the resources available to you
- Deciding what type of person you want to be
- Determining what the next 4 years will be like
Have you used your time wisely?
Who Is It For?
College Students (All Classes)
In this keynote, I speak with college students about the current state of their educational careers. We discuss the road that lies ahead for them, and what the ‘real world’ is actually like. Specifically, I challenge them to answer questions such as “Have you used your time wisely so far?”, “Are you still passionate about what you are studying?”, and “Are you ready to graduate?”. My purpose is to ensure that the students are making the most of their college opportunity and inspire them to think differently so they are prepared for the real world.
- What does ‘The Real World’ mean?
- What does a ‘full time job’ actually mean?
- Do you know what you are going to do next?
- Have you made the most of your time so far?
- How to determine if you are on the right track
- Making a plan that works for you
- Understanding how to prepare for the real world
- Understanding what is going to be expected of you
Tell Me Your Fears
Who Is This For?
High School or College Students
In this this workshop the students will anonymously write their fears and concerns about high school, college, or the working world down on paper and submit them to me. I will then read them out loud to encourage an open conversation about how to deal with these real-life issues. I will weave in real life stories, statistics from studies, and provide resources to help the students overcome these fears.
- Dependent on audience submissions
- Fitting in at college
- Student Loans
- Picking a major
- Navigating difficult situations
- Alternatives to college
- How to deal with your fears
- Understanding that you are not alone
- Creating a plan of action
- Where to turn to for answers
- How to ask for help
Put The Phone Down
Who Is It For?
High School and College Students
In this workshop, I dive deep into the topic of smartphones and students’ unhealthy attachment to them. We talk about how they affect your health, diminish your communication skills, and more. I also discuss the topic of social media, how deceiving it can be and how to protect your online image and reputation. We will also talk about how to use it to your benefit and enhance your opportunities.
- How your smartphone affects your health
- How social media can be deceiving
- Protecting your online image and reputation
- The damaging effects it has on your communication skills
- Creating a plan for decreasing your smartphone use
- Understanding the negative side effects of smartphone overuse
- What to do besides playing on your phone
- Building the right type of online reputation
- How to use social media to your benefit
What Is The Real World?
Who Is It For?
This college workshop is a more intimate version of my “Have You Used Your Time Wisely” college keynote. It can be delivered to college students of any age or modified specifically for graduating seniors. In this talk, I break down the popular phrase ‘The Real World’ into what it means and what to expect. Here we will talk about writing resumes, applying for jobs and much more.
- How to enter the working world
- The difference between being a student and being an employee
- How to write a resume and cover letter
- How to network and make professional contacts
- Understanding how to write a resume and cover letter
- How to become a valuable and trusted employee
- Networking tips and tricks
- How to apply to and get a job
Blog and Book!
The Watch Your Step Blog is a weekly series of posts designed to tackle the various topics facing high school and college students.
My book To The Next Step is an instruction manual for high school and college students to navigate the bumpy roads of high school, college and becoming prepared for the real world.
Kyle was our keynote conference speaker for approximately 130 opportunity youth who are at an elevated risk of dropping out of high school. His presentation, What Type Of Person Do You Want To Become, resonated with the students, most of whom feel directionless and need to know that they have significant potential. In addition, we had a panel of college students answer student questions about campus life. These students came from similar backgrounds as the audience and they reiterated the message Kyle gave about personal responsibility, making your own success, time management, learning from failure and taking charge of their futures. Kyle’s message was positive, on point and he held the students’ interest for the duration of his address.
—Donna Custard, President, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Mr.Grappone spent an afternoon speaking to the students at P.S./M.S 29 in the South Bronx. He is an articulate speaker who uses personal experience and statistics to cover important topics students will one day face; ranging from career choice to picking friends. His speech is motivating, powerful and helps plant the seed for students to begin to think about their future. He provided very good insight on some very timely issues as well as an engaging style that we all appreciated and enjoyed.
—Amer Bezdrob, Teacher at PS MS 29 in Bronx, NY
As a freshman at Mount Saint Mary College, I was lucky enough to attend Kyle Grappone’s talk about life in the real world after college. He helped me answer many questions that I had and I was lucky enough to further my ambitions and talk to Kyle about possibly becoming a future motivational/public speaker myself and he has continued to help me start this passion! I thank him for his help and guidance and recommend him to everyone looking to start a similar path.
—Richard Conboy, Student at Mount Saint Mary College
Kyle did an excellent job of holding the group’s attention. Even with minimal “props” and visual aids, he projected a strong presence on stage, was easy to hear and kept the group engaged with his direct and humorous style.
Kyle’s strength on stage is his ability to project passion and urgency, without a hint of superiority, to his young audience. With honesty and a generous dose of humor, Kyle delivered an important message to MSMC college students – namely, that the responsibility for seizing the precious opportunity of college, and their future careers, falls squarely on themselves. Kyle drew laughs and set students at ease by freely admitting his own mistakes and using his own hard-earned wisdom as an extended example of the trials and triumphs of young adulthood. His direct and approachable style, and most of all his sincerity make him an ideal speaker for college students.
—Samantha Stobert, Director of First Year Student Program
A man of many truths and wisdoms, Kyle spoke about the future life you create for yourself when in college. He stressed how the choices you make now as a college student will make or break your experiences in the real world. Most importantly, he emphasized that happiness should be your biggest priority, one that you must strive for more than anything else. Once you are happy and find joy in what you do, everything else will fall into place, making the hustle worth it. He shared his struggles and regrets to reveal the truth in real world, teaching us that as scary and rewarding as it is out there, your destiny after graduation is in your own hands. Meaning, do what you have to do now, to make what you do later have a purpose for you.
—Marie Finch, Student at Mount Saint Mary College
Let’s talk! Any of the keynotes and workshops listed above can be customized to fit the needs of your students. Please fill out the form below and I will be in touch. Thanks!