Taking the Stairs – Help I’ve Fallen and I Can Get Up (Youth/Adults)
Tiana Tozer limps on stage and immediately addresses how someone who walks can play wheelchair basketball.
Through humorous stories she addresses people’s misconceptions about people with disabilities. Although many funny things have happened to her since she started using a wheelchair, there is nothing humorous about how she ended up with this disability.
Tiana captures the audience as she shares her recovery journey—the victories and setbacks. Skillfully, she then challenges the student’s complacency towards the legal drug of alcohol.
After sharing her hospital stories, Tiana illustrates the power of choices through role playing with audience “volunteers.” She addresses the unimportance of physical looks, and instead emphasizes the importance of actions and behavior. Tiana empowers everyone to make good choices and take responsibility for those choices.
Tiana offers unique insight into what happens after the party. She has spoken at hundreds of high schools for MADD, she has presented at student leadership conferences, judicial and human resource conferences, pre-prom, Red Ribbon and “What I wish I could have told you” programs. She also lobbied for the .08 law in Idaho, Illinois and Nevada … successfully.
In “Taking the Stairs” Tiana can focus on:
- Drinking and Driving
- Drug Use
- Peer Pressure
- Athletes and Alcohol
- Suicide prevention
- Responsible choices
- General Motivation
- Student Leadership
Becoming The Leader You Want To Follow (Workshop For Keynote Follow-Up)
What makes a good leader? It doesn’t take a book to figure out. Everyone already has the basics thanks to a bad teacher, boss or coach; and Tiana uses those experiences to demonstrate principles that participants can use in any circumstance that requires them to take a leadership role.
As she discusses her ten principles, Tiana draws from her own history as a member of the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, a manager and an employee, sharing those stories with humor and insight.
Motivating the Motivators (Workshop For Keynote Follow-Up)
Working with youth can be difficult. Like any job there are successes and failures, but unlike other jobs there is a heightened level of heartbreak or inspiration.
Tiana shares the three rules that advisors, teachers or anyone who works with youth needs to keep in mind. (And yes, there are only three.) Tiana draws from her own experience as a youth advisor and speaker, sharing stories about the kids she helped and the ones she lost. She also speaks to a need rarely discussed: self-evaluation and self-care for those who work with America’s greatest commodity—its youth.
The Truth About “There” (Corporate Keynote)
Have you ever said to yourself, “I’ll be happy when I . . .”? Tiana Tozer was one of those people — never happy with her location and always looking ahead … until Iraq. Caught in the middle of two civil wars, Tiana shares the not-so glamorous aspects of overseas work with humor, including the joys of co-housing (like seeing the finance manager in his towel every morning) and how being bombed every Thursday night cut down on her reading.
Tiana shares how she became so goal-oriented, the barriers she faced in achieving her dreams and her disappointment when actual experiences did not live up to her expectations.
Through the story of the search for her dream job, Tiana discusses the difficulties of getting hired when you have a disability and dispels misconceptions about people with disabilities. Includes her Bad Managers/Good Lessons segment, throw away your 300-page book! You only need to know ten things to be a good manager.
After sharing her work stories, Tiana illustrates the attitude barriers people with disabilities face through role playing with audience “volunteers.”
Travel with Tiana to Iraq and Sudan on a journey that will reveal the truth about “there” and how the search for fulfillment, happiness and contentment took one woman across the world and back home again.