Student Development

Dr. Joe Martin has spoken at over 500 colleges, universities and high schools. His Programs are tailored to the specific needs of your students and staff.

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Tricks of the Grade

Proven Strategies for Acing School

Objective: This presentation is designed to help students achieve academically by changing the way they think about school.

Audience: High School or College Students

Why am I here?

If you ask the “average” student how he or she feels about school, adjectives like frustrated, stressed, bored, confused, disorganized, unmotivated, and unfocused would all be popular responses. For these students, school is more like a a nightmare than a dream come true. Students find themselves just going through the motions.

"Just four more years!"

Then what? “Graduates” know that development actually begins in school; but unfortunately, students don't use these four years to prepare for the “real world.” Grades are important, but they pale in comparison to the importance of goal setting, effective communication skills, accepting responsibility, making decisions, and developing self confidence.

"I attended your program last semester and purchased your book, and I did my best to implement all of the strategies that you outlined. I'm proud to say that I received my first 4.0 of my college career this semester."
-Matthew M., University of Texas

In this presentation, Joe shows students exactly how to:

  • Earn at least a “B” in every course. GUARANTEED!
  • Stay motivated in spite of challenges.
  • Position themselves for higher grades on the first day of class.
  • Master the best kept secret to academic success.

This program is great for freshman orientation, academic retention programs, and college prep workshops.

Joe’s book, “Tricks of the Grade” can be purchased and autographed at the end of the program.

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Decisions Matter!

Mastering Life's Decisions

Objective: This presentation is designed to help students master the five most critical decisions of their life.

Audience: High School or College Students

Where’s the commitment?

Students no longer take the education process seriously. Instead they decide to do just enough to get by. Decisions are made with no commitment attached to them; as a result, students are going through school and life casually and ending up as causalities.

We are the decisions we make!

Most students don’t realize that every decision they make both in and out of the classroom has an impact and a consequence. The decisions that were made four years ago have brought them to where they are today; the decisions that students make today will determine where they will be four years from now. All of these decisions will impact their outlook on life.

"The point I'm at in my life right now has been very difficult. Your presentation gave me ideas and methods on what I need to do to take control of my life and make it the life I want."
-Bridget W, University of Utah

In this presentation, Dr. Joe shows students how to:

  •  Shape their future by mastering five critical decisions.
  •  Make better decisions by learning how to “borrow” the experience.
  •  Apply and master the “Slight-edge” principle.”
  •  Get off the fence and make a decision based on commitment.
  •  Determine their “end” from the beginning.

This program is great for any type of student program, including high school and college groups year round.

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Get a Grip

Taking Control of Your Attitude

Objective: This presentation is designed to help students take control of their mental and emotional attitude.

Audience: High School or College Students

Are YOU in control?

Most students are looking to blame anything or anyone for “their” failure. True leaders realize that nothing is ever going to change unless they accept responsibility for changing them. Our attitude is either an incentive or deterrent to others. It starts with taking control.

It’s time to get real!

It is so much easier to take the credit than accept responsibility. While most people like to complain about the problems, only a few ever step up to implement a solution. This results in an environment that breeds a poor attitude. Heavy course loads, demanding parents, and boring teachers are becoming common excuses for ineffectiveness and poor attitudes in and out the classroom.

"Excellent presentation! This was my personal wake up call. There is a purpose for my life, and now I have the determination and attitude to achieve it."
-Dorian H., Florida Southern College

In this presentation, Dr. Joe shows students how to:

  •  Accept responsibility for their results as well as their actions.
  •  Become an “example” in school, instead of an “excuse.”
  •  Control the two greatest motivating forces in their lives.
  •  Practice what they preach by continually examining their own attitudes.
  •  Get off the emotional rollercoaster of anger, hopelessness, and frustration.

This program is great for any type of student program, including high school and college groups year round.

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