Testimonials

“Thank you so much for speaking at our Teacher-In-service yesterday! You were one of the best motivational speakers I have ever heard. As a first year teacher, I have been struggling with remembering to enjoy the small moments. However, today I found myself enjoying just being present with my students and taking in even the smallest of interactions. I want to thank you for reminding me how lucky I am to have the opportunity to teach my amazing students! It made such a difference today!!”

~ Sydney Niernberger, ELA Teacher

“Wanted to send you a note to say thank you for speaking to the National YF&R Conference. You brought energy, inspiration, and a renewed focus on what is important in life. The points you shared really spoke to me and I’m going to incorporate those ideas into my daily life. You did a great job speaking to our crowd and reminding us to love others each and every day. Best wishes to you as you go and encourage other folks through your speaking.”

~ Laura C. Hardecke, National Young Farmers and Ranchers

On behalf of Sigma Alpha Sorority, we could not be more pleased with your presentation and impact on our members. Your candid ability to draw everyone in the room into your message was inspiring and refreshing. We truly appreciate your willingness to tailor your message to our audience and look forward to continuing to work with you on future projects. To quote a member on our convention survey “Bring Kelly back to every Convention”

~ Lindsey Liebig, National Sorority Board President – Sigma Alpha Sorority

I wanted to thank you for being at the conference and taking the time to make such an amazing keynote presentation as well as interactive and mind-blowing workshops over those two days. I have heard from the older members in my chapter that you were an exceptional speaker and they were absolutely right. Your keynote presentation not only kept the audience’s attention through humor but also gave a message that will surely stick for years to come. I learned so much from your workshops like “Expanding Your Reach”. I also feel that networking and making those essential connections will definitely benefit in the future as well as provide amazing opportunities! In addition to learning from that workshop, I also learned a lot from “Make it a habit”. Everything in that session just made it clearer to me how habits truly do affect your life. From OLI, I have been given many pointers that will no doubt help my chapter out in some way. So once again, thank you so much for taking a part in OLI and I hope to hear you speak once again at another FBLA event or any other event in the near future.

~ Tiffany, Oregon FBLA Student

On behalf of the high school, I would like to thank you for the quality presentation you gave our students on October 6. Generally, I am not very impressed with speakers we bring in to address our student body, but I was impressed with your presentation. Your message was simple but profound and I felt you inserted just the right amount of humor and action into the presentation to keep the students’ attention. Thank you again.

~Pam Bush, High School Principal, RTR High School

“If you can use a motivational youth speaker that relates well with teenagers, has professional skills, is high energy, fast paced and can tailor a message to fit your needs, I highly recommend you consider Kelly Barnes. I am absolutely confident in his ability to deliver a quality product in a professional manner. Your students will love him.”

~ Kent Boggs, Executive Secretary, Oklahoma FFA Association

“Kelly was fabulous. So good, the whole crowd loved him and his keynote. We had great feedback thoughout the week about him. He was fun!”

~ Michelle Graves, Idaho HOSA Program Director

“I wanted you to know that you are the talk of the school today. All my students really enjoyed your presentation. They said it was AWESOME, the most fun they have had in a long time. Several of my students said that they enjoyed your stories too. You have a great energy and a gift to make people laugh. You did a great job!!!

Thanks for making our meeting a success!”

~ Lori Teel, High School Teacher

“I just wanted to say thank you for being an inspiration not only the students but to me as well. Its nice to hear from someone older than myself on completing your goals in life. Once again thank you”

~ Brett D. Hale, State FBLA Advisor

“I learned so much from you and really enjoyed your teachings. I feel so much more confident and my classes seem more fun. I’ve always loved leadership, but you helped me to bring it together confidently. Thank you!”

~ Karin Jones, SWCTA Hospitality Program Leader and DECA Advisor

“Kelly Barnes presented the Kick Off speech for the 2008 Colorado State FFA Convention. Kelly’s motivational and entertaining message engaged all of the 1,800 students, teachers and guests that were present. Kelly is a very professional person to work with and did an outstanding job of tailoring his message to fit the needs of our students. His excitement and enthusiasm are contagious! If you are looking for a great speaker, look no further.”

~ Kenton Ochsner, Colorado State FFA Advisor

“Hello Mr. Barnes, I just wanted to express how much I was inspired and how much I was entertained by your workshops. I can honestly say, I have consciously made good habits in my life because of your workshops. Cashman center on the 28th was only my second time hearing you as the keynote speaker of an event and I have thoroughly been impressed both times. I am taking the time to write this email because I feel that people like you need to sometimes be reminded just how special you are and just in case you haven’t had your daily dose yet, here it is. Mr. Kelly Barnes, you are a truly special person for devoting your entire life to such a noble cause and for personally making MY life better. When you said, at the opening session of the Extravaganza, that we would walk out of the building as better people than when we walked in, I had my doubts but by the time I was on the bus, I had already been proved wrong. Thank you so much for doing what you do.”

~ With Awe, Samuel Yoon FBLA Student

“Kelly Barnes is a highly motivational speaker, one that we continue to bring back year after year. Kelly has presented for us at our state leadership conference, as well as for our Jr. High Leadership Academy and Teen Student Leadership Academy. Kelly brings excellent, researched information to the students and always leaves them with valuable concepts that they can utilize in their leadership roles. I highly recommend Kelly to anyone wanting to motivate and communicate with their students.”

~ Tammy Brothers, West Central Indiana Education Services Center

“Kelly Barnes captured the attention of the room in a matter of seconds. Even though Kelly’s background does not originate in the horse industry, he was able to make all of the youth, parents, and myself feel as if he was one of us. He understood the common bond of being a part of an organization and hit on the key points to motivate and inspire not only our officer team, but encouraged the average member to get more involved. His presentation allowed me the opportunity to interact more with our youth and I look forward to seeing our membership grow because of the excitement he generated. What a great way to get our year started!”

~ Brian Bendele, National Reining Horse Association

“WOW! Kelly was exactly what we were looking for! As the kick-off speaker for our 4-H camp, he was great. Kelly is able to relate with our kids ranging in age from 9-18. He was very well prepared and kept the youth involved. His energy and excitement is contagious, even to the adults in the room. His take home message was tailored for our group. The amount of interaction and humor was perfect. If you are looking for someone that will energize, motivate and relate to your audience, Kelly is the speaker for you!”

~ Lindsey Hix, 4-H Educator, Shawnee, OK

“Kelly Barnes is exciting, motivating, and relates to FCCLA members! Kelly demonstrates that spirit of youth that FCCLA members need to see and experience. Advisors, parents, and members remember Kelly’s presence after the meeting. He inspires re-charges and invigorates his audience. Kelly is always a blessing and truly has helped Holdenville FCCLA in many, many ways.”

~ Julie Knighten, FCCLA advisor.

“Thanks for the outstanding job you did as the kick-off speaker for the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Professional Development Event. Your presentation was right on target for the college students (and the faculty) in attendance and had a nice balance of humor, audience interaction and take-home messages. We received high praise about your sessions and sincerely appreciate your time and efforts.”

~ Shelly Sitton, Associate Professor of Agricultural Communicators, Oklahoma State University

“Kelly was wonderful. The students really related to him and he kept them involved. His message was very well presented and relevant to the group.”

~ Terri Helvey, Mid-America Technology Center

“Kelly Barnes was the keynote speaker for a 7-12 grade school assembly. Kelly did a great job researching the history of our school and using it to connect with our students. He is entertaining and is able to weave key points into stories that relate to all students. Kelly interacts well with students and his program is exciting and interactive. He was just what we needed to kick the year off.”

~ Amy Wilcox, Coyle Junior-Senior High School Family and Consumer Science Teacher and Coordinator of Leadership Challenge

“If you can use a motivational youth speaker that relates well with teenagers, has professional skills, is high energy, fast paced and can tailor a message to fit your needs, I highly recommend you consider Kelly Barnes. I am absolutely confident in his ability to deliver a quality product in a professional manner. Your students will love him.”

~ Kent Boggs, Executive Secretary, Oklahoma FFA Association

“Kelly has outstanding energy. He kept the audience engaged as well as active throughout his presentation. He spoke on how to move to significance. I think the audience interaction he maintained throughout made the message stick even more. He really did an awesome job. I heard many of the parents comment on what an outstanding speaker and motivator he is.”

~ Jessica Bullock, Student Leadership and Education Coordinator Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Personal Coaching Testimonials:

“Kelly is a phenomenal coach. He had such an ability to understand where I was in my preparation for National FFA Office, and lead me to where I needed to be. Working with Kelly boosted my self confidence, which I feel was crucial in getting elected to National Office. He also dramatically improved my ability to present workshops and think of new and engaging activities on the spot. I gained an ability to present quality workshops, deliver high impact one on one interviews, and his ability to hold me accountable to learning the necessary material and content was also key. Kelly is a great coach, and knows how to take you from where you are to where you want to be; however, his greatest quality is that he genuinely cares and his passion for your success will rival your own passion. I highly recommend Kelly as a coach!”

~ Laila Hajji, National FFA Officer

“In order to be a true mentor to others, you have to love people, take chances, encourage growth and implement change. Kelly Barnes is the greatest mentor in my life because he has helped me realize my potential which has ultimately made my dream become a reality.”

~ Riley Pagett, 2011 National FFA Officer President

“In working with you, I felt that I grew considerably as a person and leader. I have always felt that you cared about me, my organization, etc. Rather than insisting that I conform to a style that wasn’t my own, you encouraged me to find my own style and voice – and to maximize it. For Oklahoma HOSA and myself, I choose Kelly Barnes. I have expressed this many times to many people. In running for National Office, I was nervous but I never once felt unprepared. If I ever got discouraged Kelly was right there from 1000 miles away. My competitive edge was having Kelly Barnes as a coach and friend.”

~ James Newman, National HOSA Postsecondary/Collegiate Board Representative