Photo: Highway signage posted entering my hometown of Henry, Illinois (pop. 2,300). Photo credit: Tom Bogner


Keynote speaking

Bob's most popular keynote, The Stranger and the Icon, is a compelling presentation that takes audiences through his journey of improbable successes and heart-wrenching failures to ultimately live his dream. This story deeply resonates with audiences as they identify with the roadblocks and life struggles Bob faced as the same ones we all must overcome in life. The keynote concludes with a takeaway of the Three Tools of the Good Life, simple, yet powerful techniques and insights audience members can immediately incorporate into their toolbox for navigating roadblocks, upping their leadership game, building relationships and pursuing goals.

Additional keynotes include:

  • Work Hard, Be Nice and Check Your Map Every Now and Then: an overall roadmap to success and leadership designed for younger audiences
  • The Musician’s Guide to Life and Work: lessons and wisdom gleaned from decades on the road and in the studios, many from noted fellow musicians
  • To Live the Good Life, Write Your Obituary Now: coming in late 2024, a perspective-changing speech and workshop

Workshops and breakout sessions

  • Attitude, Fortitude and Perspectitude™ - the Tools of the Good Life: a companion piece to any of Bob’s keynotes, it also serves as a stand-alone session. It explores a myriad of methods and strategies to activate these essential life tools, guiding participants to create their personalized activations and connections to the Tools of the Good Life.
  • Why Was I Never Told This? The Missing Life Instruction Manual: essentially the wisdom adults collect throughout their lives under the category “If I only knew then what I know now.” Entertaining and insightful for all, but more relevant for younger audiences, the sessions dive deeply into foundational and essential life knowledge in areas such as Change, Failure, Leadership, Goal-Setting, Relationship-Building, Emotional Intelligence, Purpose, Motivation, and Resilience.

College and university specializations

Bob is quite familiar with the post-secondary world having spent nine and a half years in college and university, ultimately earning a Bachelors in Administration of Justice and a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is also 9 hours shy of a Masters in Counseling Psychology. These were formative years that greatly shaped not only Bob’s future, but his beliefs and values too.

He experienced a number of challenges in post-secondary (i.e., stress, anxiety, isolation, depression) that greatly impacted his life because he did not address them at the time. Years later, when these mental health issues returned, Bob finally got the help he needed. During that process, he made a vow to share his stories and insights with students in order to positively impact their higher education experience and their lives post-graduation.

In addition to his struggles, Bob’s speeches and talks draw from his experience in a broad array of roles and occupations - student, corporate consultant, entrepreneur, musician, municipal community builder, mentor and public speaker. This breadth of experience brings richness and depth to popular topics he discusses, such as leadership, teamwork, change management, mental health, motivation and resiliency.

He has designed his workshops to be engaging and impactful by making them experiential and driven by exercises and collaboration within a framework that leads students down a path to self-discovery.

The key to Bob’s approach to successful student speeches and workshops is to work upfront with each school to identify the high-priority student issues in order to tailor his deliverables to have the most impact.    


On some occasions, a more entertaining, lighter fare is appropriate. Bob has a deep well of experiences that run the gamut from “heartwarming and inspiring" to... "OMG!!!!!” that can be curated for any event or audience.

A sample:

  • Top five amazing shows around the world with Blue Rodeo
  • Hitchhiking from Washington DC to San Diego to surprise an ex. What could go wrong?
  • Celebrity encounters involving yelling, drinking, flirting, cosmic conversations and pirate role-playing
  • The accidental, youthful rolling of cars off cliffs
  • Life-changing conversation with a country superstar
  • The reality of life backstage and on the tour bus
  • Tornados, near-drownings and electrocutions, oh my!
  • Hallucinating during high-level job interviews. What could go wrong?
  • Guns, coercion, smugglers and detention in a communist country. A beginner's guide.


Drawing from his experiences in the corporate, academic, creative and municipal worlds, Bob can craft presentations and build workshops on a wide array of topics for a wide array of audiences.

Let Bob know your specific needs and the building will begin!

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