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Chris Rodell

Author of "Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness;" and "Growing up In The REAL Mr. Rogers Neighborhood"

Author of "Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness;" and "Growing up In The REAL Mr. Rogers Neighborhood"

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Chris Rodell Biography

Chris Rodell, You’ve engaged speakers who, I’m sure, ignited mindsets of wit, spirit and pluck. What’s next? Bring on the cluck! "How to Think Like a Free-Range Chicken (& when not to)" is the uproarious and soulful presentation that will jolt the way every listener thinks about precisely how he or she thinks. It's just one of the six engaging topics author Rodell has that will engage every demographic

The Latrobe, PA, writer is the author of six books, including ones on his screwball friendship with Arnold Palmer, the defiant kindness of Fred Rogers and how colorful living can brighten the whole world.

His 2024 book will be "The Art of Living Suddenly: How to Deal with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis (and Other Things that Suck)". His keynote will energize your every gathering with the uproarious, true and inspiring stories of everyday humans being human every day. He hopes you’ll get in touch about how you together can make your next meeting your best meeting.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 02/09/2024.

Chris Rodell Speaking Topics

  • How to Enhance Creative Thinking. Boosting Employee Moral. Make Work Fun! Living Your Best Life -- While You're at Work

    "Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness"

    Charcoal and lampblack: these were the only two colors the company that would grow to become Crayola Crayons produced when it was founded in 1864. And it took good lighting and a discerning eye to differentiate between the two. Today, the children who use Crayola-brand products can choose from more than 96 different colors, including Azure, Laser Lemon, and Razzmatazz.

    What child isn’t glad to be alive in such a vibrant age? The company, which now earns more than $100 million each year, says the average child will wear down more than 730 crayons before he or she turns 10 years old.

    Like a box of crayons, we are all born with an astounding range of color options, from Marvelous to Tickle Me Pink. We can paint our lives as brightly or dimly as we choose. But through life, some of us lose or wear down some of our more dazzling colors, living each and every day as if it were either charcoal or lampblack.

    But it doesn’t have to be that way. Nor should it. “Use All the Crayons!” is your uplifting, humorous and spiritual guidebook about how to make every day as vivacious as Atomic Tangerine to illuminate even our most lampblack days.

    Attendee results:

    • Everyone is going to have a great time
    • Employees will learn the benefits of controlled goofiness.
    • All will become more creative problem solvers
    • Empathy, compassion and helping one another will flourish right along with teamwork.

    Colorful Living Tip No. 991: "Open an art gallery with nothing on the walls. Then invite people to enter and be greeted by 40 guys who say nothing but, "Hi! I’m Art!"

  • Life Lessons from America's Greatest Storyteller

    Flesh 'n' blood Leadership Role Models. Inspirational Stories. Human Beings Being Human. Hilarious Survivor Stories

    Author Chris Rodell is America’s most swashbuckling feature writer. His forte isn’t politics, sports or law. It’s folks. Governor Tom Ridge says: "Rodell writes about people the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity about the future".

    All for the sake of a story, Rodell wrestled alligators, raced Ferraris, leapt out of high-altitude airplanes, flirted with death atop a bed of nails, and gained twenty pounds in one week eating like Elvis. His friendships include more than a dozen Guinness Book of World record holders. His best-selling books include, "Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories Of The King", about his oddball friendship with one of the planet’s most popular and beloved men, and, "Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness"

    The author of 6 delightful books, Rodell’s talks sparkle with uproarious humor, indelible characters, and poignant appreciation for what it means to be a thoughtful Earthling in the year 2023.

    • Everyone is going to have one heckuva great time.
    • All will be more motivated to appreciate what they have.
    • The human spirit to overcome hardship will be illuminated,
    • Attendees will be given a lesson on how to tell a compelling story.

  • Interpersonal relations. Being a better person. Learning to be accepting. of one another. Leadership

    "Fred Rogers & the Soulful Benefits of Being Defiantly Kind".

    Fred Rogers said there were three keys to becoming an ultimate success. One is to be kind. Two is to be kind. Care to take a wild guess what the third is? Rodell grew up and raised his children in Mr. Rogers REAL neighborhood. He knows about what made his neighbor such an enduring icon.

    He knows that Fred was an ordained Presbyterian minister and he's friends with one of the just three couples he married. And he knows the alcoholic who was in rehab right there with Fred. The story will bring tears to you eyes.

    • Well, it should go without saying, but everyone is going to have a great time.
    • All will learn that former Fred employees describe him as Christ-like.
    • The message will be it's time we make being really, really nice, really, really normal.
    • We'll learn how worshipful professors are teaching Fred's message right alongside those of Gandhi and MLK Jr.

  • Leadership, Marketing, Values, Grace and Sportsmanship

    "Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King"

    Author Chris Rodell spent more than 100 hours over 11 years with legend Arnold Palmer. Not as his buddy but as the guy privileged with the liberty to ask him anything that popped into his head. Sure, they talked about golf, aviation, history, architecture, nature, politics, loss, failure and what happens when we die, but the undercurrent of each of those questions was much bigger than all that.

    They talked about life.

    It gave Rodell foundational insights because he could anytime some curious stranger asked him what’s Arnold Palmer really like, he'd say: ? "Arnold Palmer is perfectly cool, authentic and refreshing. If Arnold Palmer were a drink he’d be an Arnold Palmer", he’d say.

    What’s he like? If Arnold Palmer were the only member of The Greatest Generation it would still be The Greatest Generation solely because it included Arnold Palmer. He’s often referred to as a legendary golfer. But describing Palmer as a legendary golfer is like describing Nelson Mandela as a successful parolee. The description doesn’t begin to do justice to the momentous legacy.

    • It'll be fun! Fun! Fun!
    • Will learn about one of the most beloved and significant sports figures was really like.
    • Attendees will learn how an $800 million empire was built on a handshake deal.
    • That putting people first helped make Palmer the real winner.
    • The importance of tending to your roots can spread your impact around the world.

Chris Rodell Videos

  • "Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of the King"
    This is me talking about my book, Arnold Palmer's legacy and the time Palmer saw me nearly get a hole-in-one at Latrobe Country Club. This was before...

Chris Rodell Books

  • Growing up in Mister Rogers' Real Neighborhood: : Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pa
    Growing up in Mister Rogers' Real Neighborhood: : Life Lessons from the Heart of Latrobe, Pa
  • Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King
    Arnold Palmer: Homespun Stories of The King

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Chris Rodell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as How to Enhance Creative Thinking. Boosting Employee Moral. Make Work Fun! Living Your Best Life -- While You're at Work, Life Lessons from America's Greatest Storyteller, Interpersonal relations. Being a better person. Learning to be accepting. of one another. Leadership and Leadership, Marketing, Values, Grace and Sportsmanship. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Rodell for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Chris Rodell generally travels from Pittsburgh, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mitch Teemley, Dr. Amelia Reigstad, PhD, Michael Easter, Diane Uniman and Cheryl Cran. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Rodell for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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