Consultant, Motivational Speaker, and Former Mascot for University of Oregon. Promotes Leadership Development with Solutions Corp and Edu Orgs of all Sizes
For four of his years of college, Tyson Wooters carried a secret. Every Saturday, when the University of Oregon football team put on pads and helmets, preparing to face an opponent on the field, Tyson was also suiting up. Each football Saturday, Tyson suited up with 15 pounds of synthetic feathers. Tyson was The Duck—University…
For four of his years of college, Tyson Wooters carried a secret. Every Saturday, when the University of Oregon football team put on pads and helmets, preparing to face an opponent on the field, Tyson was also suiting up. Each football Saturday, Tyson suited up with 15 pounds of synthetic feathers.
Tyson was The Duck—University of Oregon’s beloved mascot and 2004 National Mascot Champion—firing up fans and becoming an integral part of the Saturday stadium experience. He danced, he performed stunts, he rallied the stands. He threw himself backwards into the waiting arms of the student cheering section and did the Duck Surf.
Tyson learned to lead while wearing white pants and standing on a ladder in front of his bands. But he admits that those elements aren’t necessarily required in the cultivation of every good leader. His formative leadership experience was as drum major of his high school marching band, a position that launched him not only into the glamorous, high-stakes world of college marching band, but taught him the value of putting service to an organization above personal glory.
Along with earning his teaching degree in music education from the University of Oregon (as well as unofficial minors in “trampoline performance” and “mascot studies”), Tyson has spent the last decade working with groups in the US and around the world. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost, though his definition of what it really means to “teach” often doesn’t require a blackboard or a textbook.
Tyson began speaking and presenting in 1998, and has apprenticed with the nationally-recognized Challenge Day organization, Mike Robbins, The Ovation Company, and other highly sought-after Tyson illustrates upside down scubamotivational speakers. He has worked with professional, scholastic, and civic groups ranging in size from dozens to thousands of people, including university and public school groups around the country, Merit Contractors’ Alliance, and Rotary International. He also serves on the board of directors of the Rotary Ethics Initiative.
Tyson lives in Portland, Oregon, where he curates an impressive Hawaiian shirt collection and rides his moped on sunny days. He enjoys travel, scuba diving, and quality time spent with Amy, the love of his life.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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Always Wear Your Head
Life is a Highway
Always Wear Your Head
In this multimedia keynote presentation, Tyson draws on his years as the Oregon Duck–a beloved and award-winning NCAA mascot–to illuminate the life-altering power of being a part of something much larger than yourself. Members of organizations both large and small, whether college sports fans or not, will enjoy this presentation’s blend of humor and insight, and will come away newly energized about working to achieve shared goals.
Step Up to Leadership
Modular Workshop Series
1 day – 4 days
The presence of phenomenal leaders is what separates truly successful organizations from those merely getting the job done. This four-part program uses breakout sessions, full group presentations, and experiential learning to help group members grow from membership to leadership. In half- or full-day workshops tailored to your organization’s specific needs, Tyson provides the tools, vocabulary, and inspiration needed to build and maintain great leadership.
DiversityBuilding Cultural Competency
Full or half day
We are all members of a society where effective communication across borders–whether real or metaphorical–is increasingly necessary. Tyson uses his own experiences living and working on four continents to help the members of your organization realize their own cultural assumptions, and to build strategies for communication that neutralize those barriers.
Building Your Team Through Fun and Education
Full or half day
This fun, high-energy workshop uses modeling, group activities, games, and experiential learning to provide the skills and language for effective communication and positive dispute resolution. Tyson’s simple yet effective techniques for giving and receiving feedback, expressing gratitude, and using positive language will eliminate the need for leaders to micromanage disputes while empowering each team member.
You’re not Leading Robots
1 – 3 Hours
Whether you’re leading one person or a team of hundreds, there’s one thing you can’t escape: you’re leading people. The human factor is at once our greatest strength and our greatest weakness; it’s what brings us the creativity to solve problems, and it’s the source of all the interpersonal drama that can slow progress to a halt. Learn how to bring your group together as a team by reaching different individuals on their terms, not yours.
Taking the Static Out of Your Feedback
Full or half day
According to employees, 61% of managers give ineffective feedback. Don’t be one of them. Tyson’s techniques quickly give managers a new, more effective vocabulary for expressing both criticism and praise. The skills learned in this workshop, along with the new perspective it imparts, will empower leaders at every level of any organization to head more productive, effective, and happy teams.
We Can See Clearly Now
Mission Statement Writing Workshop
Full or half day
The success of an organization is highly dependent on the clarity with which each and every member can see (and agree on) that organization’s goals. To achieve that shared horizon, Tyson mediates a group discussion in which all members are given space to voice their issues, disagreements, and visions for the future. The conversation results in both a concrete mission statement and a newly clarified sense of common purpose, two things which never fail to reap incredible rewards in the daily operations of any organization.
Tyson Wooters - Speaking Demo Video
Tyson Wooters Speaker - PDA Speakers
1 HOUR OR LESS