Kelly Barnes is an accomplished leader and inspirational story teller who is equipped with life experiences and lessons that can truly develop the leader within those around him. As a professional speaker, leadership coach, money wizard and associate speaker for YourNextSpeaker, LLC, Kelly's material draws from his numerous leadership roles and life experiences that have helped him turn his life into a true testimonial of leadership and life lessons. He has a unique ability to draw any audience in with his hilarious and sincere stories and lessons.
Since graduation from college with a degree in Leadership, Kelly Barnes has spent his years speaking, coaching and rapping all across the United States.
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"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
Kelly has shared his message all over the United States to
many youth organizations and business professionals. His
programs focus on leadership and motivation and extend
into speech coaching, team dynamics, and facilitation
training. Kelly’s programs include conference keynotes,
in-house training seminars, ropes course training and
Kelly grew up in the small rural town of Webbers Falls
Oklahoma. He served as the 2002-2003 Oklahoma FFA State
Vice-President and the 2003-2004 Oklahoma State FFA
President. He also served as the 2005 Oklahoma State
University Student Government Association Vice-President.
Kelly currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University with an Agricultural Leadership Bachelor's Degree. He is
active in his community and church.
• Former Oklahoma FFA State President and Vice-President
• American FFA Degree recipient
• Oklahoma State University Student Government Association
• Alpha Gamma Rho Man of The Year
• Presents over 75 times a year
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Keynote - Make a Memory
Don't sit back and don't relax for this hilarious and inspiring keynote that will make all of us question what we are doing with our leadership life. Loud music, inspirational stories and one of a kind comedic timing make this keynote one that will leave audience members wanting to go out into the world and Make a Memory! So bring a camera, a friend and an open mind. Whatever you do, don't buckle your seatbelt... we might have to evacuate!
Keynote/Workshop - Mr. Rogers was WRONG!
This hilarious and fast-paced program will help you understand and deal with the peer, family, school and leadership challenges you face daily in "your neighborhood!"
Workshop - You University
In the next 55 minutes, you will become the student, professor and dean of YOU! If you come along this exciting ride, you will definitely leave with a greater knowledge of who you are and more importantly you will be on the right track to become who you want to be. Uncover some of the most difficult leadership and personal lessons, all while engaging in fun activities, meeting new people, and hearing from one of the funniest and inspirational speakers in the business! This is one class you will not sleep through!
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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