Speaking @ Red Deer College .. A BREAKER!!

On Tuesday – September 8th a goal came to fruition. Two summers ago I wrote down am intention to speak with students @ Red Deer College (my former college) by 2010. Two weeks ago, only days after returning from Florida (after the most profound experience of my life so far) I received a phone call … the caller asked me if I was interested in speaking with to 4 groups of 500 students @ RDC!

On one level I couldn’t believe it, there are thousands of alumni with inspiring stories … and on another, well – I DID ask for it 😉

I didn’t have an array of public speaking experience … a few weddings here and there. A year as the PA announcer for Bear’s & Pandas Basketball @ the University of Alberta (which was FUN) … so some notable experiences. At the same time, this was a huge STRETCH for me … as big challenge and REALLY big opportunity to step into something I’ve always wanted.

The day was amazing; I intend to blog further about that in the future …

** On a side note …

John Maxwell – one of the world’s most elite on the topic of leadership, speaks of moments in life that will forever be remembered … moments that absolutely set a higher bar & expand the mind to greater possibility. September 8th, 2009 will be a day I will ALWAYS remember. Maxwell calls an experience like this a “breaker” … ice breaker, tie breaker … there’s a host of definitions. The core element is it breaks something.

To the students, staff, planners & incredible people @ Red Deer College – thank you for this opportunity. My time is Red Deer was such an valuable stop on my journey. Being able to give & receive, even years later is truly an honour.

Special mention to Allan Ferchuk, Janis Makofka, Carolyn Neufeld, Gord Inglis, Torben Anderson, Lee Ann Waines & Amy Komarniski for this opportunity. Also to Dagen, Jennifer and the rest of the production crew who kept me on time!! 10 minutes can really fly, haha.


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  1. […] HUGE contributors in the ease, clarity & confidence I was able to experience and deliver upon @ Red Deer College, this past Tuesday. This book is a GREAT starting place if you’re looking for that type of […]

  2. Congratulation Kyle!!!

  3. Congratulations on your BREAKthrough… well-deserved, my friend!

    TF 🙂

  4. Oh, and thank-you for the reference to John Maxwell’s work. His book, “Put Your Dream to the Test” is one of my favourites, and I appreciate you bringing his work back to the forefront of my thoughts.




    Timothy Francis
    Entrepreneur and “Raving Fan” of Kyle McNeil 🙂


  5. Hey Tim – yes Maxwell is an incredible mind & teacher 🙂

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