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Meet Your OLI 2014 Speaker, Kent Butler!

The start of Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI) is coming up fast and the state officers wanted to share our excitement about this conference! CTSO’s (Career and Technical Student Organizations) from all over the state are coming together to develop and strengthen their skills through workshops, networking, and the etiquette dinner. One of the best parts of the conference is always the keynote speaker. In preparation for the excitement we decided to interview this year’s speaker, Kent Butler, so you know a little more about him before arriving at OLI!

What motivated you to become a speaker? How did you get into speaking?

I was involved in several CTSOs in school, and my favorite part of the conference was always the motivational speaker. As a national officer for a CTSO, I was siked to have the opportunity to design and present a workshop to state officers from around the country.  It was a 2-hour power-packed time of learning and fun.  The motivational speakers at that conference saw me do the workshop and asked me to join their team once I got out of school.

Do you speak all the time, or do you have another job or career? 

I speak quite a bit at my full-time job.  I am a full-time actor in a Play that has an 85 annual performance season.  I am also the Assistant Executive Director of the Play and help with the management and business side of things.

Why do you love what you do?

I believe that it helps people.  One of my favorite quotes from a motivational speaker friend of mine (Byron Garrett) told me, "Find something in life that you love so much that you would do it for free, but that you do so well that people actually want to pay you for it.

What is your favorite message to share? Why?

Theodore Roosevelt said, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  It's pretty powerful.  Too many people in the world just do what they want instead seeing a need in the world and filling it.

What sort of ladders did you have to climb to be where you are now?

I've climbed a few ladders in my day.  After all, I'm only 5'7".

What's your favorite part of working with teenagers?

I'm kind of still a teenager too.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to help people, and I love to drink Mountain Dew.

What do you feel is the greatest reward for what you do?

I've had a few people come back to me a couple of years after I spoke to them, and they shared the difference it made in their lives.  Seeing life change and growth is just a neat thing to see.

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What can we look forward to with your message at OLI?

It's going to be a crazy good time.  :)

We’re excited to Step Up to the Challenge with Kent Butler and hear all the different things we can learn from him. FBLA will be strongly represented with more members than before attending OLI, so we will see you soon in your business attire ready to meet new people from all over the state!