"Some speakers come to your campus with a canned speech they simply reheat-and-serve without attention to your own institution's needs. Dr. Vrooman took the time to develop a talk specific to our university's goals and concerns, including data he collected just to share with our faculty. Dr. Vrooman's visit felt like the hybrid of a consultant and peer who understood our needs and came to encourage and help us in the ways we needed it. Remarkably, he deals honestly with the challenges of teaching over simple cheerleading, thereby connecting with faculty as peers who understand the realities of our jobs. Dr. Vrooman communicates that he is working with you through his practical, supportive, and engaging style that puts everyone at ease.
The workshop Dr. Vrooman lead for our faculty met the specific needs and concerns we had. He hasthe special knack to push you in the direction you want to go rather than trying to drag you his way. Dr. Vrooman came ready with ideas, activities, and resources structured to work together around a clear theme of improvement. Faculty who have become jaded from years of people coming in to tell them/us how to improve out teaching without a sense of connection, compassion, or really understanding. After a full day, faculty came away from Dr. Vrooman's workshop appreciative, motivated, and ready to reconsider their own teaching strategies. Months later, faculty have reported to me that they have been experimenting with ides drawn from and inspired by Dr.Vrooman's workshop, still two semesters after. Dr. Vrooman made a difference."
"At TEDxSanAntonio, Steve Vrooman did an amazing job of capturing our cultural zeitgeist, breaking it down, putting it back together and making the audience laugh along the way. We were thrilled to have him on our stage and look forward to keeping up with him in the future."
Chris Sandoval, TEDxSanAntonio Programming Committee Chair
"Steven's TEDx talk challenged that perhaps "ideas worth spreading" could instead be "ideas worth sharing", and by sharing he means YOU. Your authentic self is worth sharing on social media as a way of creating and sustaining what we all seek - human connection.
Want to have the Marvel formula for taking over the world applied to life? Steven Vrooman has it figured out, with the data to back up the concept in this widely loved TEDx talk."
Rebecca Heltenbrand, TEDxSanAntonio Programming Committee
"Steve was great to work with, from start to finish. He carefully studied our industry to gain a true understanding of the unique challenges that self-storage businesses face. His keynote presentation (By The Time They Need Us, They Already Know Us) resonated with our audience. Our attendees walked away with a completely different perspective on social media, an understanding of social proof, and practical strategies on how to build an authentic identity. Steve is an excellent speaker, whose presentation was relevant and timely. This is not the same ol’ social media presentation that we’ve all seen dozens of times. This is really good stuff!"
Texas Self Storage Association
"So I spent the whole day at a workshop on teaching, and I was like, 'Oh Geez. Really?' Best damn workshop I've ever been in! Redoing a bunch of things for my intro class. Soon as I nap, I gotta change my syllabus!"
"As a Center for Teaching and Learning, we had very high expectations for the keynote speaker of our regional pedagogy conference. Presenting to faculty has been described as presenting to the two guys from The Muppets that sat in the balcony heckling everyone. I’d like to say that this characterization is unfair, but sometimes we resemble those guys. Dr. Vrooman’s presentation was not one of those times, though, and our high expectations were well surpassed.
Dr. Vrooman has mastered the art making complex material accessible while simultaneously motivating audiences to critically engage the material in productive ways. He is exceptionally entertaining, brilliantly insightful, and infectiously energizing. More than a year after his presentation, faculty are still referencing it. I’m no exception, we still have the presentation on our marketing material for the conference. It’s a real art to tell people to critically consider their practice, work harder, and then have them thank you for it.
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning at TLU