014: Joe Beckman - On Motivating Youth

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Today on the show I have with me a long-time friend of mine, Joe Beckman. Joe is a “youth motivator” - a speaker to kids, helping them live out the greatness that exists within each of them.  I’ve had the privilege of working with Joe for the last 10 years - working alongside him, coaching him, laughing with him, learning from him. He has a HUGE heart for kids, is so passionate about connecting with them and making a difference in their lives… so I’m thrilled he could join us on the show to talk about his approach as a speaker.

In this episode of This Moved Me, Joe and I talk about how, after 12 years at Youth Frontiers, Joe is  heading off on his own, motivating youth, bringing his message that "greatness lives inside every young person."


Show highlights

In this episode we discuss:

  • Where Joe's passion comes from - his WHY.
  • The seven P's of Excellence (from his talk, "Mediocre Sucks")
  • How to use our own mistakes to humorously engage your audience
  • Being a kid of inaction - and how that story informs Joe's work now
  • Trying to please everyone (and why that doesn't work), and
  • Combatting self-doubt.


The video, True Facts About the Frog... My daughter wanted a frog.  I didn't.  Especially after watching this awesome and gross video. (But would you be surprised to find out that we do indeed now have a frog?  His name is Little Jr. And... well... I haven't seen any of the below behaviors... yet.) Check out more of the True Facts videos!  They are random little works of art.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndQZBQJf034]


A story about a moment when a student named "Logan" was moved to give himself another chance at life after being a part of the Respect Retreat, and hearing Joe speak. So powerful.


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Let's keep this conversation going:

How do YOU motivate a sometimes unwilling audience? I'd love to hear from you below!

About Joe:

You can find out more about Joe's work at: www.joebeckman.com

Follow him on Instagram: @joe_beckman

And Facebook:  JoeBeckmanMN or send him an email!  Joe@JoeBeckman.com