Motivational speaker to ‘sprinkle’ people with ideas

Helena Rodriguez

Sprinklisms are set to come to Eastern New Mexico University tonight.
That’s motivational speaker Jonathan Sprinkles’ way of inspiring audiences throughout the country.
Sprinkles will present a series of workshops and lectures at ENMU today and Wednesday on L.I.V.E., his techniques for Leadership, Integrity, Vision and Excellence. Tonight’s workshop from 5-7 p.m. is open to the public at a cost of $5, which includes dinner.
Sprinkles, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a three-time honoree of the school’s African-American Culture Committee’s Top 10 Most Upstanding Men Award. He now travels around the country, speaking to thousands of students and adults about everything from intelligent interviewing to life-skills planning — through simple ideas he calls “sprinklisms.”
“I will not be here to teach or present tough or heavy lessons,” Sprinkles said. “(They are) just to remind people of the things we already know but often times don’t practice.”
“My main goal is to get people thinking and my style is to do it interactively,” Sprinkles added.
Sprinkles will incorporate anecdotes about his own struggles while in high school.
“My biggest issue was with my own personal self-esteem. I never felt like my life had too much meaning,” Sprinkles said.
“A lot of people said great things about me, but it wasn’t until I said great things about me that things changed,” he continued. “I almost failed out of school my junior year. That was the lowest point of my life, but it also brought out the best of me.”
Shannon Osborne, program advisor for Student Activities, helped bring Sprinkles to ENMU after interning with Sprinkles’ agency, Kirkland Productions, and seeing that he was booked to speak at many schools.
“He is one of the hottest speakers in the country,” Osborne stated.
“A lot of people have told me they want to see him just because he’s got a great smile on his poster, but also a lot of people are interested in his ‘How to Boring-Proof Your Organization’ workshop. It’s always great to learn something new about that, and that’s why many are signing up.”
Sprinkles said he feels students will relate well to him because he is close to their age levels.
“I understand the pressure, goals and frustrations they have and I am able to present it in a language they understand,” Sprinkles said.
During the workshops, people will have a chance to win a copy of Sprinkles’ book, “Why Settle? Be the Best You Can Be.”