January 18, 2018

Posts by Chris Collins

About Chris Collins

Chris Collins is focused on encouraging and developing student leadership. Chris is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur inspiring students across the country. Chris has excelled in several levels of student leadership highlighted by his roles as Chapter President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a Resident Assistant, NPHC President, and counselor for TRiO/Upward Bound. He intertwines his life lessons with his passion for achieving greatness into an energy that provides real talk about real issues to reach real solutions; teaching those he reaches the tools to live a life filled with real passion. His passion for encouraging, empowering, and educating young people forces him to stay on his grind to develop the most relevant and impactful programs in today's urban culture.

How to Develop Shower, Car Sing Along Confidence: Becoming a More Powerful Leader

That moment when you're in the shower and your favorite song is stuck in your head.  There's nothing like it!  You will hit high notes like Mariah Carey,  sing in perfect bass like that one guy from Boyz II Men, and create your own ad libs like you have been singing since you were  a one-year-old! Or what about when you and a close friend are in the car and your jam comes on?  You sing that song like you are performing at the Grammy's, oblivious to the folks staring at you at the red … [Read more...]

Bigger and Better Leadership with Miracle G.R.O.W.

Whether you are richer or poorer, in the penthouse or the projects, running the yard or getting run off of it, we all want to GROW! As student leaders, we all want bigger and better.  We want better programming, more attendance to meetings, and more recognition on campus.  In order to do bigger and better we have to grow and redefine our student leadership abilities and become more powerful, effective and balanced student leaders. It does not matter if you are working your way back from … [Read more...]

Be Tech Savvy: Building More Effective Leaders

I know you already know about @groupme!  You probably use it socially all the time, but have you ever considered it as a key communication tool for your organization?  After a conversation with my frat brothers, a college student I mentor, and a few Student Affairs Professionals I have put together a quick list of how @groupme can change your life.....sorta. For those that are unfamiliar, @groupme is an app that allows you to chat, share, and collaborate across platforms. It's not the … [Read more...]

Defining Your Leadership Goals

If we are defined by what we do and what we do is shaped by our goals, the process of goal-setting is vital to our success as student leaders.  Often we set goals and don’t know what they look like. Before you huff and puff about the goal setting acronym you think is on the way, save it!! I am going to propose a different way to think about goal setting.  I want to redefine your student leadership experience and give you a tool to make you a more powerful, effective and balanced student … [Read more...]

Redefining Your Student Leadership Role

The great motivator and orator Zig Ziglar once said that it is our “attitude that determines our altitude.” The first step in redefining your student leadership role is realizing your thoughts and attitude towards your pursuits have a tremendous impact on your results. Why are there so many people talking about improving, enhancing, or changing your attitude? Why is the Self-Help and Personal Motivation section packed in your chain bookstores? It’s because if we are honest, most of our … [Read more...]

Using Failure to Achieve Success

I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, IL and never heard of gumbo until I moved to Texas. One year my mom decides to have a gumbo cook-off for Christmas and I think to myself, “Self, it’s just a bunch of meat in some gravy, how hard can it be?” After ten tries at making my own roux (and failing) and ruining four bottles of store-bought roux, I conceded… making gumbo was more than just putting meat in gravy. I had to call in the pros for reinforcement, so I called one of my … [Read more...]

Redefining Leadership: I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!

After speaking at a conference at the University of Missouri, I was talking to a group of students about the workshop. Somehow we got on the topic of what role a young lady in the group played in her organization and her aspirations for the next year. As the young lady began telling us how she didn’t want to hold an office, chair an event, or be at any events that weren’t mandatory, it didn’t take long to figure out she was in the organization because the members got a free trip to this national … [Read more...]

Keys to Balanced Student Leadership – infographic

Student that get involved early in college have a higher retention rate. Student leaders are three times more likely to graduate. Student leadership helps develop skills employers love. Do you really need to know more? Check out this infographic and get the keys to balanced student leadership. … [Read more...]

Don’t Believe the Leadership Hype!

Flava Flav (before reality TV got a hold to him) was in a group called Public Enemy. In one of their hit songs, he belted, “don’t believe the hype!” Unfortunately, some of us didn’t listen. Some of us still fall for the Oke-doke and believe the lies about leadership. And not just any lie, but the biggest lie “THEY” ever told about leadership. When I facilitate leadership retreats at different schools, the same question always rears its ugly head and is typically followed by similar if not … [Read more...]

4 College ‘Issues’ Almost Every Student Will Face

No matter where you are on your college journey, the start of the semester is a busy time. Some of you are celebrating a return to freedom after a summer bid at home with your parents (just know they are just as ready for you to leave), others taking a deep breath before they start college for the first time, and then you have the seniors exhaling because it’s their last time enjoying being a student on campus. One common theme in starting a semester is the unexpected - even for student leaders. … [Read more...]

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