Speaking

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To get straight to my speaker contact info, scroll to the red print below.

You need to hire a speaker—or maybe you’re thinking about attending one of my live events.

You’re wondering, “What kind of a speaker is Jeannie Burlowski?”

I am a seasoned, experienced platform speaker. I have over 20 years experience inspiring audiences of high school, middle school, and college students (and their parents).

To learn what students age 12–26 and their parents are saying about my live speaking, scroll down.

To get three quick samples of my speaking, listen below.

1. Watch this 3-minute video to find out who I am, what I sound like, and what specific help I bring to parents, students, schools, and financial planners.

2. Do you wonder if I can cover complicated topics thoroughly, but quickly—with great energy? Watch this 3-minute video to see me teach a complicated time management topic in an extremely short space of time. 

 

3. To hear some of my deeper content without having to be tied to your computer, listen to this super helpful podcast interview while driving:

CLICK HERE to listen me being interviewed on the “Talking to Teens” Podcast.

This is a national podcast hosted by Andy Earle, a Loyola Marymount University researcher who focuses on parent-teen communication and teen thriving and flourishing. This interview is well-produced, in-depth, inspiring, and informative. One mother in Malaysia heard this podcast interview, and then bought a plane ticket to a conference in Nashville to hear me speak in person.

Listen to the entire interview, or if you’re pressed for time, CLICK HERE and scroll down to listen to a few select clips

Let’s talk on the phone about you possibly having me at your event.

I travel all over the United States for speaking. I love meeting your people, and I love answering individual questions for them after I speak. And the best news? Parents willingly pay extra to hear me, so no matter what kind of event you’re planning, you will likely make money by having me in your lineup. (Note that it’s free to have me do my “How to Get Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS” presentation in your high school auditorium. Just ask. To see what principals and school officials say about this free presentation, keep scrolling.)

The first step to getting me to speak is having a phone conversation with me where I hear about your organization’s needs and create a plan tailored specifically for you.  Check out what parents and students are saying about my speaking below (and give a listen to what I sound like above), and then email my assistant, Natalie, at Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com to set up a free, no-obligation planning phone call with me.

What do students and parents say about my speaking?

These comments were taken directly from the evaluation forms that parents and students hand in at the end of every one of my sessions:

43-year-old mom: “I had goosebumps at times, and feel so motivated to do something with my life after raising children. I expected to learn things to help them, but unexpectedly learned how to help myself too.”

11-year-old male: “Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re great at it and very inspirational.” (The kid who said this was 11!!)

16-year-old female: “This was the best and most interesting class that I have ever been to.”

43-year-old mom: “Your scholarship essay class helped my daughter get a $5,000 (per year) four year scholarship. That’s $20K.”

17-year-old male: “I am a high school student taking dual enrollment college classes. College seemed scary at the beginning of this week because of work. Tonight helped so much — it has shown me how much potential I can have.

18-year-old male: “What you said was insanely helpful. I just hope I have the motivation to put what you taught me to use. Thank you.”

16-year-old male: “‘Inspired. Prepared. Excited. Confident.’ After taking this class, these are the words that represent my feelings for the college years that are to come. I really struggled with how much of an undertaking I thought college would be, but after tonight, you gave me a lot more hope. Thank you.”

14-year-old female: “Thank you! I am hoping to do better this year! I am so happy my mom made me do this!”

16-year-old male: “Thank you . . . You showed me a lot of things I probably never would have thought about or done on my own. I’ve learned a lot of things, including taking notes, which I never really have done too much before. It really makes college less intimidating.”

13-year-old girl: “I think you are utterly brilliant and inspiring with the way you present information.”

55-year-old mom: “Thank you for this informative seminar! You exude passion, and your energy is infectious.”

14-year-old male: “This was awesome!”

44-year-old dad: “Everything you said four years ago is working out. Ellie did CLEP and dual enrollment college classes in high school, has one scholarship, is volunteering at Regions Hospital, and is now going to be in the ER volunteering. She is planning on medical school.”

16-year-old female: “I am a junior in high school taking dual enrollment college classes in high school. I was feeling overwhelmed and unorganized, and this seminar has given me the encouragement and motivation to do my very best this school year. NOW I know where to start! Thank you!”

13-year-old female: “I loved how clearly you spoke. The way you taught this class made me want to be organized and succeed. Thank you!”

12-year-old female: “I LOVED IT!”

14-year-old male: “You are an amazing speaker!”

38-year-old mom: “Thank you for sharing the information in such an organized manner. Loved the visuals and how you review as you go.”

14-year-old female: “Please continue. I know I am not the only one that would like to hear you again.”

15-year-old male: “You are a great, enjoyable teacher.”

15-year-old male: “My mom told me to come but I thoroughly enjoyed the class.”

17-year-old female: “This was great.”

15-year-old female: “I loved how much energy you had.”

17-year-old female: “I usually don’t pay attention during workshops, but yours was so interesting that I couldn’t get enough information out.”

17-year-old male: “Thank you for taking the time to talk today. It has really helped me.”

14-year-old female “I really enjoyed the stories that you shared. The whole talk was really interesting.”

Mother of unknown age: “Worth my trip across the state. I’m glad I came. Wish I knew this before my oldest five graduated to college…”

49-year-old mom: “I’m thankful for you.”

52-year-old mom: “Thank you for sharing this info in such a compelling way!”

15-year-old female: “I like you. The presentation was not boring at all. And a lot of presentations are. Thank you. ;-)”

39-year-old mom: “Your information is great! I have your book and I really am thankful for it!”

48-year-old mom: “Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your have a gift. Thank you for sharing it with me today. Your workshop has inspired me.”

17-year-old male: “Excellent presentation, Jeannie! Keep doing what you’re doing!”

This is how parents and students feel. How do school principals and event organizers feel about my speaking?

Here’s what one high school assistant principal wrote to me after she heard me present my free 2-hour session How to Get Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships! in her high school auditorium.

“Jeannie, I was able to watch your presentation through the 4th step. I was called away to an emergency the rest of the evening. This was very upsetting because I was so into it. Ugh!  Anyway, it was extremely informative and of so much value! I’m excited to see your book. Thanks again for being here for our parents and students. I thought it was an excellent showing!!!”

—Amber Schultz, Assistant Principal, Blaine High School, Andover, MN 

Here’s what a large private school director of enrollment wrote when approached by someone looking for a top-notch speaker:

“Jeannie Burlowski is a fantastic speaker. We have invited her to speak a total of 3 times here at Minnehaha Academy, and we have plans to have her back next year. Our current families and community members have given her outstanding response regarding her speaking style, content, additional resources, and specialty classes she teaches. She is engaging for middle and high school students and parents. Her passion to help others succeed in life is evident and inspiring.

I can’t say enough great things about Jeannie Burlowski as a person and as a professional. I would highly recommend her to any organization that wants their families to feel empowered and students to feel confident as they prepare for college and career.

—Michelle Ulland, Director of Admission and Enrollment, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

If you’d like to see a word-by-word analysis of what parents, students, and others say about my speaking, read on:

I recently taught my class MAKE THEM SAY WOW: How to Write Brilliant College and Scholarship Application Essays to a large group of students age 11–26 and their parents. At the end, I asked everyone in the room to write down “three words that describe our time together.” Fully 100% of the descriptive words I received in response are listed below. Asterisks indicate how many students and parents responded with that same word. (The original evaluation forms that contained these words are on file in my office and are available upon request.)

Informative/INFORMATIVE!/Very informative/Excellent information/Great information * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Interesting/INTERESTING!!! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Helpful/Very helpful * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Fun/Funny * * * * * * * * *

Enjoyable/Enjoyed/Extremely enjoyable * * * * *

Engaging * * * * *

Educational * * * * *

Inspiring/Inspired * * * *

Useful * * * *

Enlightening * *

Exciting/EXCITING! *

Powerful *

Amazing *

Entertaining *

Awesome/AWESOME!

Fantastic

Hope/Hopeful

So glad I came!

Wow

Empowering

Easy to follow

Beneficial

Concise

Great word pictures

Comforting

Great!

Excellent

Comical

Clear

Motivating/Motivational

Scintillating

Encouraging

Interactive

Effective

I can do this

NOT boring

Not at all boring

Thought provoking

Intellectually-raising

Worth it

Dynamic

Well presented

Attention-keeping

Refreshing

Lecture

Specific

Expressive

Emotion

Simple

Gave confidence and method

Built up what we’ve done so far

Story

Visual

Vivid

Leaves a lasting impression

Insightful wisdom

Energizing

Stress relieving

Fast-paced

Transformational

Compelling

Captivating

Here’s what happened when I did the same word-by-word analysis on reviews of my student/parent class THE STRATEGIC COLLEGE STUDENT: How to Get Higher Grades While Studying Less Than Most Other People. 

Here are the top 14 words people used to describe the session:

44 people wrote: “Helpful, Perfect Help, Very Helpful.” (27 middle schoolers said that!)

33 people wrote: “Inspiring, Inspirational, Inspired.” (11 middle schoolers and nine 16-19 year-olds described me as “inspiring!”)

28 people wrote: “Informative, Informing, Informational, Lots of Information.”

37 people used the words: “Interesting, Encouraging, Motivating, Amazing.”

Here’s an email I received from a 36-year-old mother months after this class was over:

My 12 year-old son and I attended one of your seminars in November (get great grades while working less). I want to give you feedback about the impact that you have had on my son from the day in November when we attended your seminar.

First, your way of speaking, your excitement, and ability to be clear, concise (in a way that a 12 year-old could understand) prompted him to lean over to me 10 minutes into your class and say that he would be willing to attend your ‘MAKE THEM SAY WOW’ essay writing seminar. Up to that point he thought I was wasting our money and precious hours of his weekend. Suddenly, he was writing notes and anticipating attending a seminar about essay writing ….. on a Saturday!

Second, we lingered after the class so that you could see his notes and I could ask a question. I remember he handed his notes to you and commented that his writing was sloppy or something to that effect. You took the notes from him and examined them as if they were 2000 years old and written in gold. That obvious tenderness was not lost on me. Then you said quietly and with genuine awe that his notes were just wonderful and that you did not see many high schoolers with such complete notes. I don’t remember the exact words you used but it made an impact on him. You made him feel like the smartest kid in the city. As parents, my husband and I often find unique ways to compliment an action, a choice, or a comment he has made. He will dismiss it and say that we say it because we love him. Sometimes a stranger can have a much bigger impact on a kid than a parent. That is a truly unique power.

To learn more about getting kids through college debt-free and into real jobs afterward, see my book:

You can “Look Inside” the book on Amazon for free by going to:

bit.ly/burlowski

Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1-3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.

And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it – especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.