College Speaking

College Speaking Programs


David Coleman has been named the National Collegiate Speaker of the Year an astounding 14 times! He is a popular speaker in the college market and provides programs that directly address the issues facing today’s students and staff. With a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration, and thousands of appearances to his credit, David understands the developmental needs of today’s student and his programs address those areas.


College Program List

Making Relationships Matter

Proposal at WeberReporting “on-line” to be “in a relationship” is a far cry from actually being in one as the speed of dating and relating has accelerated dramatically. Apps like Tindr, LuLu and Grindr and sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish have forever changed dating’s landscape. One post, one text, even one picture can alter multiple lives in a moment and be used to inflict intentional or unintentional harm on others. Colleges nationwide are promoting inclusivity, a culture of consent, and mature decision making from its campus community. In a humorous, yet challenging way, 14-Time National Speaker of the Year, David Coleman, The Dating Doctor, will help you navigate dating’s treacherous landscape as he addresses: mutual consent, safe words, becoming an intervene r, The ABC’s of Initial Interest, flirting versus sincere interest, the characteristics of healthy relationships, subtle signs that cheating may be taking place, surviving and thriving following a difficult (public) breakup, 7 traits we look for in others, common mistakes made during on -line dating, long-distance relationships, military relationships and more. David’s expertise and experience make this more than just a program…it’s an event.

An UnPlugged Session with The Dating Doctor!!!

A no holds barred program whereby the audience determines the topics that will be covered once they enter the room. No topic is tabu or off limits. Being offended is not an option. Along with David Coleman sharing his thoughts, ideas, strategies, emotions and wisdom formed from thousands of appearances and millions of individual interactions with people, the audience will act as consultants for one another. They will challenge and support one another during a continuous experience of give-and-take whereby we will tackle the toughest relationship issues of our time with courage, strength, grace, hope and class! There is no other program like it….anywhere!

Creative Dating: The Cure for the Common Relationship!

Experience the original program that started it all! Creative Dating is a fun and interactive look at our dating lives, why we make the choices we do and who we are as social beings. It covers topics such as: “Creative Low Budget Dating Ideas,” “Why long distance relationships fail,” “What cheesy pick-up lines really mean.”

David is available for limited dates but his talented and well-trained associates Judson Laipply and Stephen Gray are the primary presenters for this program and have received rave reviews nationwide.

Why Be Ordinary When You Can Be Remarkable!

Quite often, the primary difference between someone or something being “remarkable,” instead of “ordinary,” is performing a common task uncommonly well! It may be as simple as being a bit braver for five minutes longer than anyone else or by committing to a life whereby you never assume that what is present in your life is a right or a privilege. This highly inspirational program will chronicle common people who have overcome apathy or tremendous personal challenges to accomplish extraordinary things and will teach each of us how we can embody these same traits in our own lives and use them to make a profound and meaningful impact on the world and people around us. Each of us lives within various levels of a self-fulfilling prophecy, whereby we serve as our own worst enemies and allow negative personal thoughts to limit our potential. Together, we will overcome these barriers and leave them behind because a life lived in fear, is a life half-lived!

Energizing, Retaining and Transitioning Your Members!

Leading others is no easy task! Every individual brings with them their own unique history, personal level of experience and primary motivation for being involved. It is your role as a leader to inspire your membership to achieve greatness, to create an atmosphere where people feel a sense of ownership and where everyone feels compelled to properly prepare the generation of leaders to follow. This session will provide you with concrete strategies to energize, retain and transition your members that you can immediately employ upon returning to campus…or maybe even before.

Battlemind to Campus Grind (For Schools)

Our Service Members are coming home. Is your campus ready? They have traveled the world, undergone intense training, matured, reached PEAK physical and mental condition, have experienced indescribable atrocities and have come to know Battlemind as a daily way of life. Battlemind is a constant state of heightened awareness whereby a Service Member is alert and ready to carry out their duties to the best of their ability at any given moment in time including the use of fatal force if necessary. How will this translate to our warriors being back on your campus? How will you involve them? Program for them? Lead people who could probably just as easily lead you? David Coleman has traveled the world talking to our Service Members. He was a Student Activities Director for 13 years. He will use this unique expertise to give you the best advice he can on how to form a partnership that will make your campus better and improve the lives of all involved.

From Battlemind To Campus Grind! (For Service Members)

You have humbly and diligently served our county in countless ways. Now , it is time for you to focus on your studies and attend a wonderful college or university in the United States. What can you expect when you return home and attend classes? What opportunities will be available to you? What obstacles will you face? How will you transfer all the training you have received to a campus environment and keep yourself sharp, your skills honed and positively contribute to the overall campus environment and experience? How will you transition from Battlemind to Campus Grind? David Coleman has traveled the world speaking to our Service Members and has also spoken on 2,500 campuses nationwide to over two million people. He was a Student Activities Director for 13 years as wel. He will use this unique expertise and skill set on both sides of the equation to give you the best advice he can on how to form a partnership that will make your campus better and improve the lives of all involved, most importantly, yours as a flourishing new student.

Two Hours To A Team!

Ask any supervisor, advisor or organizational leader what their biggest concern is and they will talk about egos, personalities, reputations, petty jealousies, ancient history and apathy standing in the way of their organization successfully accomplishing their goals.

This program will erase these words and excuses from your organization’s vocabulary. By the conclusion of this program, the individual participants will be transformed into an inspired, united team in which no one cares who gets the credit as long as the mission has been accomplished and all time lines met.

In addition, participants will experience engaging exercises that will challenge them to leave their comfort zones and make a major statement about the person they are and the person they long to become. People leave with changed attitudes and the staying power to give their best effort every time.

Mastering Multi-Tasking

This session will teach important principles about setting realistic goals, assessing daily choices and decisions, how we divide up our time and how we prioritize our life. It is “controlled chaos” whereby each person works individually (yet also as a team) to successfully accomplish several complex tasks in a relatively short period of time without a loss of quality.

Several work/challenge stations will be set up, each with a specific purpose, with a few unexpected “variables” thrown in to provide a realistic and life-like atmosphere.

Most importantly, the participants will learn that in order to reach their goals, they must make them a part of their every day routine and lifestyle. Participants will have no idea just how much they have learned until the end, when we process what has just occurred.

Laughter, success and failure will provide a common bond that will change lives, perceptions and habits, forever.

Making Students Matter (for faculty and staff)

This program, designed specifically for student affairs administrators and staff (or anyone who works closely with college students), will prepare those who regularly interact with students to deal with the highs and lows students encounter throughout their experiences. You have the opportunity to choose your attitude every day and you will come to understand the importance of that decision and the impact it has upon the students you serve. We will discuss the 5 Stages of Development EVERY college student experiences and what can be expected from them as they progress through each stage. Several of the social and personal differences between male and female college students will be revealed as well as the nature of interpersonal social relationships they engage in.

The top ten mistakes college students make will be revealed and each attendee will be taught how to gauge whether or not their students are involved in healthy relationships in and out of their area of responsibility. Through the use of a humorous yet challenging activity, we will find the “Strongest Link” in the room and the audience will receive 10 proven strategies to make students matter as well as how to develop pictures in young men and women’s hearts that will fill them with amazing alumni memories. The audience will come to understand that leadership is not something a position gives you, it is something a situation offers you!

Making Athletics Matter (for student athletes)

This program, designed specifically for student athletes, covers three distinct areas: Making Character Matter, Making Relationships Matter and Making Teammates Matter. We will discuss the ability and importance of choosing a positive attitude every day as well as living a life of integrity and character. Student athletes will learn what it means to be a “True and Loyal Teammate.”

Character is defined through a humorous yet eye-opening exercise called, “The Strongest Link,” (where we quickly ascertain who has the strongest character in the room and how it was developed).

Student athletes are in the public eye and succeed and fail in front of people on a regular basis. It makes their life more visible and exposes them to praise, ridicule and judgment. Student athletes can become TARGETS for others who may be in awe or jealous of the opportunities they have and how they can reduce their chance of being taken advantage of without negatively affecting their lifestyle.

The stages of relationships, the characteristics of healthy relationships, and the top ten mistakes student athletes make will give your students an honest look at relationships and how they can be more successful in their interactions on and off the field. We discuss how social relationships between athletes differ from those of non-athletes and clearly define the difference between dreams and goals.

The program ends with a life-changing video and slide show the leaves your athletes inspired to do great things for themselves and each other for the right reasons!

Making Student Athletes Matter (for coaches and staff)

This inspirational and humorous program, designed for coaches, administrators and staff, or anyone who works closely with student athletes, covers the 5 Stages of Development EVERY college athlete goes through and what can be expected from student athletes as they navigate through each stage. This program will prepare those who regularly interact with athletes to deal with the highs and lows students encounter throughout their experiences.

Several of the social and personal differences between male and female college athletes will be revealed as well as the nature of the interpersonal social relationships they engage in. The top ten mistakes student athletes make will be shared and each attendee will be taught how to gauge whether or not their athletes are engaged in healthy relationships on and off the field.

Finally, the audience will receive 10 proven strategies to make their student athletes matter and ways to protect themselves from student athletes with whom they may be perceived as too social or casual.

Making Greek Life Matter

It doesn’t take courage to “Go Greek.” It takes courage to be a “Great Greek!” This program, designed specifically for the Greek Community, will implore Greeks in America to “stand up” and become the type of people they know they can and should be. It is time for the fluff and rhetoric to end and for integrity and action to begin.

These student leaders have the opportunity to choose their attitude every day and will come to understand the importance of that decision and the power that it wields. We will cover treating people with dignity and respect, understanding what “true” friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood really means, the stages of development every college student experiences, the 5 phases interpersonal relationships experience, the 5 characteristics of healthy relationships and how to develop pictures in students’ hearts that fill them with amazing alumni memories.

The audience will be confronted with the 10 Most Common Mistakes Greeks Make, the difference between healthy and unhealthy interactions with others and what control and conflict signifies. Through the use of a humorous yet challenging activity, we will find the “Strongest Link” in the room, discuss the difference between character and reputation and encourage Greeks to understand that they are easy targets for praise, animosity, blame and jealousy from others on campus and in the community.

Finally, we will discuss some of the major differences between fraternity men and women and develop concrete strategies to make Greek life matter on campus.

How To Spot A Lover Loser

As human beings, we spend approximately 284,000 waking hours in relationships during our lifetime. We shape and are shaped by the associations we keep with others. To experience a high quality of life and to achieve a comfortable level of personal satisfaction, these relationships must be healthy, safe, prosperous and forever growing. This program will cover several important, timely and difficult topics in a way that connects with the audience and encourages them to immediately incorporate changes into their lives as well as to encourage their family and friends to do the same. Topics covered include:

  • Who is to blame when a sexual assault occurs?
  • The definition and characteristics of a healthy relationship and how to tell if you are in one
  • How to identify if you are dating a (potential or current) loser
  • Why women have a tendencey to date “bad boys”
  • Ten steps to ensure relationship success
  • The cycle of violence and abuse
  • How to interact with and communicate with someone who has been traumatized
  • Ultimatums and what they really mean
  • How control develops in a relationship and how to spot signs that it is present
  • Words vs. actions
  • Counter Dependence (used by manipulators) and Projection Error (how not to let someone fool you)
  • How to spot and liar and get them to choke on their words
  • How to define and identify true love and romance
  • How to tell if someone is TRULY interested in you
  • The 15 basic principles of relationships
  • Why people make excuses for their partner and how they can stop
  • Rohypnol and GHB
  • …and much more

This program is HIGHLY interactive by nature and is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a fluffy program, pass this one by. It culminates with the sharing of a true story, which CLEARLY identifies what a relationship is and should be! This program is perfect for RA’s (Resident Assistant), Student Leaders, Orientation Staff, Professional Staff, anyone who cares about creating a healthy and safe social environment for everyone involved.

Building a Board That Bonds!

There are huge boards and committees composed of talented members, yet they get very little done. There are smaller boards, with marginal members who do incredible things. Why is this so and how is it possible? This program will explore how to build GREAT boards who form and sustain healthy and productive relationships internally as well as with the student body, clubs and organizations, student government, faculty and staff and the community at large.

Topics covered include:

  • Why do certain boards and committees exist?
  • Who controls individual boards and why?
  • What tears boards apart and how can these factors be minimized?
  • What characteristics do GREAT boards share in common?
  • What characteristics do healthy, productive boards exhibit?

Program goals:

  • To learn the characteristics of healthy, effective relationships
  • To learn the basic principles that effective boards follow
  • To understand the importance of selection and training
  • To understand the difference between character and reputation
  • To use diversity as a tool for success, not failure

What are people saying about this program?

I am in awe of how immediately personable you are and how great that makes everyone feel. Most people come in, do their programs and leave. You make a lasting impact because in the midst of great information and an ability to get people to think beyond themselves, it’s obvious that you truly value and care about the people you meet. That makes all the difference and has endeared you to so many of us here.”
Jennie T., University of Central Arkansas

Go A.P.E. For Leadership

Three simple factors determine how we think and act and determine our level of satisfaction and success every single day. These same factors separate winners from losers, as well as excusers from producers. These three factors are Attitude, Preparation and Effort. If you “choose” the right attitude, prepare yourself extensively and give the best effort you possibly can, you will succeed more often than not and even when you fail, you will maintain your grace, dignity and self-esteem. This session is about being a more courageous leader and person.

Program Goals:

  • Teach the participants that they choose their attitude every day.
  • Examine the difference between effective leaders and those who fail.
  • Provide a plan of action for being a motivated leader who inspires others.
  • Teach everyone to “Go A.P.E.!”
  • Learning the diversification of those around you (and yourself) to positively influence your leadership style.

Building a Chapter That Bonds

If a Fraternity or Sorority truly comes together as individuals and learns to share one heartbeat, there is little to nothing that they cannot accomplish. The problem is that few chapters ever find that effortless cohesion and accept a total team concept. This program will help the members of your greek system do just that. In an interactive, engaging and no-nonsense style, David will confront and challenge the members of your Greek system regarding:

  • Posing and Cotton Candy Conversation
  • Saying one thing and living another (Their words versus their actions)
  • Factors that tear chapters apart
  • Characteristics that outstanding chapters share
  • Characteristics that outstanding greek leaders share
  • The characteristics found in healthy relationships
  • Character versus reputation
  • Living, learning and leading in remarkable ways
  • Making sure that every member matters

This program is idea for a keynote address to 2,000 or an intimate break out session for 20. The bottom line is to build men and women of character and integrity.

Let’s Cut The Crap and Get Things Done!

This session will cover:

  • The 5 most common mistakes organizations make
  • The 6 critical points administrators and managers don’t want you to know
  • How to achieve credibility as a group
  • Rules for radicals for the next millennium
  • Any person in the audience facing a critical campus issue will leave with a concrete strategy to employ
  • FUNdraising ideas that really work! (so you need less administrative support financially)

An up-tempo, nuts and bolts laboratory based on 15 plus years of administrative experience. You will learn how to never take no for an answer and that everything is negotiable.


The best session I have ever attended. I learned more in an hour and a half than I have in two years at my school from my own administrators and advisors! I can’t wait to get back and try out these new strategies. Thank you for being honest with us. It was very refreshing.
Michael B., National Conference on Student Services

I will never again be worried about confronting an administrator about something I believe in. Thank you so much for showing me the proper way to get things done on my campus. This session rocked!
Bernie M., National Jesuit Students Leadership Conference

This session needs to be a requirement for all student leaders. Next year do it as a keynote!
Jay W., Hope College Leadership Workshop

 One Heartbeat: Orientation Staff Training

hat separates an ordinary orientation program from one that changes lives? It is the attitude, preparation and effort of the Orientation Staff. They must exhibit compassion, experience, leadership, wisdom, humility, and be alert to those new students who are one tear away from “cashing in the college experience”. A group of “individuals” will not be successful. It takes a Team sharing One Heartbeat, One Pulse and One Mission to change lives and help students accept college life with open arms! This session is tailored to meet your specific goals for your staff!

Welcome to the Time of Your Life: 20 Keys to Success in College and Life!

“If I knew then what I know now, I would have done things so differently.” Most of us have uttered a similar sentence at least once in our life. This program will expose your new students to issues they will face during their initial year in college and help them process ways to navigate the sometimes bumpy road of adapting to college life. Topics covered include: study habits, dating, learning life skills, goal setting, self-identity and esteem, humor, alcohol, roommates and the 5 stages all college students experience. A fast-paced, humorous and uplifting program aimed at creating sophomores!

The Art of College Parenting

Just as a paintbrush, palette and canvas are the tools an artist uses to perfect their craft, experience, intellect, patience, compassion and love are the provisions parents rely upon as they adapt to parenting a college student. Just as the college experience has a profound impact upon the lives of students (and usually a very positive one), it has an equally significant impact upon the lives of parents. This important Orientation program prepares parents for what lies ahead.

In those final moments just before dropping their son or daughter off on the campus doorstep (following Orientation), very little that parents say to their children will have a profound impact on how those students adapt to or progress through college. Why? Because by this point, parents have done all they can to lay the moral, ethical and spiritual foundation to help guide the decisions their sons and daughters will make while in college.

In this lighthearted yet highly educational program, parents’ fears are alleviated and their most basic and pressing questions are answered. The success of this program also involves the wisdom of VIP’s – Veteran Informed Parents – those who either currently have or have already had a son or daughter go through the college “experience.” Bottom line: It all comes down to how parents and students work together to make college the exceptional learning experience it is intended to be. This Parent Orientation program is a sure fire way to begin that process.

Hooray! Building A Community Out Of Classmates

Take 10 to 1000 people . . . Put them in a space together for 1 to 2 hours…

Add music, balloons, hula hoops, as well as their energy andimagination, then…

Watch in amazement as the entire group is transformed from INDIVIDUAL classmates into a caring COMMUNITY!

Hooray! takes the elements of TEAMBUILDING and combines it with the ENTHUSIASM and ENERGY of the participants to create a highly enjoyable experience, which helps create a community out of strangers.

What is the #1 factor that indicates whether a new student will come back for their sophomore year? Whether or not they form several meaningful relationships. Get the jump on helping them start this process with Hooray!

Perfect for New Student Orientation, Conferences, Welcome Week, Greek Week and any event you want to get people together.


Quite possibly the perfect Orietation program.
Tom Faessel, The University of Akron

Hooray! fit with us like a hand to a glove and everyone had such wonderful things to say!
Angela Guillory, President, Sigma Kappa

The feedback could not have been more positive. It was a great way to kick off our conference.
Janet Cox, Bacchus & Gamma National Assembly

Everyone in attendance immensely enjoyed and benefited from Hooray! It is a perfect orientation program!
NODA, Far West Regional Conference

Two hours was not enough time. We wanted more – much more!
Hilary Shumate, Alpha Phi International

This program was the ideal way to end our retreat. It was touching and our students bonded beyond my wildest expectations!
Boyd Jones, Winthrop University

You took a room full of individuals and made them a TEAM in mere minutes. We will see the positive effects of this program all year long!
Laura Bedenbaugh, Clemson University

I can’t put into words what an impact your program had on me and all of my colleagues who were fortunate enough to attend your session!
Rita Cain, COCA/CCSA, Alberta, Canada

Personalized Leadership Retreats!

One of the best kept secrets in America just might be how skilled David Coleman is at facilitating and leading team-building retreats. His goal is to challenge every person at least one level above their current skill level and comfort zone, while building immediate and long-lasting rapport with each individual and between the participants.

David believes that retreats should encompass three primary areas: Relationship development, skill building and character formation. Each activity he facilitates holds a specific purpose and builds upon the previous exercise to provide an experience that changes attitudes, behaviors and beliefs while forming bonds between people and groups that previously did not exist.

Some exercises are more intense in nature while others offer a more light-hearted and humorous twist on leadership, character or relationships. David and his agent Brooke will ask you all the necessary questions to clearly understand your needs and the goals you hope to accomplish with your retreat, then depending on the number of days or hours you have invested, a retreat schedule and plan will be developed to maximize the time and opportunities available.

David has led dozens of retreats for groups from 10 to 100 and we know that you will see both immediate and long-lasting changes in the lives that he touches.


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