“Fran is easy to work with, flexible, and well prepared.
He not only talks leadership and motivation, he walks the talk.”
Russ Simon, Senior Policy Associate
New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals, Inc.
Opportunity: In July of 2012, Kelly Eggers, the Ohio Optimist International College Club Advisor, expressed an interest in growing the Great Ohio District’s Ohio Optimist Club collegiate membership across the state. Knowing there was a 2nd Annual College Club Conference being scheduled in October, Kelly scheduled a series of collegiate club visits with Fran Kick leading up to the conference. The idea was to share a focused yet engagingly interactive Optimist International message which would also entice student participation in the Optimist College Club Conference.
Results: As a result of Kelly and Fran touring the college club meetings, the October 26-27, 2012 College Club Conference surpassed the previous year’s attendance.
Update: Fran was featured as a keynote speaker during the 2013 Optimist International Convention Old Timers’ Breakfast.
Ronda Vaughn, Meeting DirectorOur group loved your keynote performance at our Old Timers' Breakfast!!!
Optimist International Convention
Peter Von Der Vellen, PresidentFran provides a whole new level of energy and engagement to any conference or event he attends. The lessons he shares are incredibly valuable for all members of an organization and I can say that everyone at our events were ecstatic about their experience with him. The true indicator in my mind though, was when two members of our club still remembered the connection they had made together by being in the same group during one of his exercises several months earlier. Fran is memorable and unifying, and that simple reunion I overheard proved his worth at our event.
Ohio State Buckeye Optimist Club
Chelsea Davis, Optimist Club PresidentWhen I went to Ohio State University for the Optimist Leadership Conference I learned a lot. When I was there, I met some great people and the guest speaker was amazing. The most important lesson I gained from this conference is the importance of the Optimist Club and the dedication and effort that Optimists maintain all over the nation. Once I left the conference I was inspired to keep the Optimist Club at Wilberforce University a success.
Sharon O'NeilWe had a great time on Saturday. You were very interesting and entertaining at the same time.
Kelly Eggers, College Club AdvisorMy goal was to provide members from our seven different college clubs with a new and memorable experience this year when they attended the 2012 College Club Conference in Columbus, Ohio. I was looking to create a leadership type program that would leave a long lasting impression on our already very involved students. We as optimist members feel that optimism is a way of life so what better way to introduce and embrace that concept to them was to introduce them to Fran Kick! The first time I had the pleasure of seeing Fran work was when I hired him to lead a team-building exercise for my first Optimist board meeting as President. I wanted my new board to come together as a cohesive unit knowing we would be making very important decisions on behalf of our club. My board members found him extremely helpful, entertaining, energetic and educational. Every organization should hire Fran to help lead and grow their team to levels that you probably haven’t even thought about! I decided after the work he did with my board I needed his expertise on another project – motivating and educating our college students. I hired Fran to travel with me to the various Optimist college clubs so he could, “do his thing” which is to KICK IT IN, college level style. I needed the students to see how important leadership is and to understand how optimism could lead them to great things in that arena. WOW is an understatement as to what he was able to do with these young adults. He captured their attention, taught them things about themselves that they didn’t even realize existed AND they still talk about his interactive presentations to this day! He made an impact and made a difference. It’s worth your time and financial resources to hire Fran – he MORE than exceeds your expectations and I plan myself to continually work with him on any project I can think of! I am VERY excited that he will be speaking at the 2013 Optimist International Convention over the July 4th holiday – Optimists from all over the world will be in for a TREAT!
Ohio Optimist District