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Endorsements for Brian Woodland and BrianInspires


Creative. Innovative. Inspired.  Engaged.  These are but a few of the words to describe Brian Woodland and his impact on our delegates.  Brian’s presentations are thoughtful and thought provoking.  He has the innate ability to read his audience and tailors his presentations to encourage, inspire and challenge us to always put first the interests of those whom we serve – our students!


Mary Lynne Campbell

Executive Director

Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta


Brian was a perfect fit as keynote for the Merced County Office of Education's Kickoff Celebration. He is funny, fast-paced and adapts to any situation. His presentation showed he truly knows the complexity of public education and cares about students.


Nathan Quevedo,

Merced County Office of Education



Brian reminds us that we have a part to play. That each of us is here for a reason and that we must take each day to make a difference in the lives of those we interest with.


Zac Rantz

Chief Communications Officer

Nixa Schools, Missouri


Brian has the ability to draw his audience in with his enthusiasm and humor, but once the hook is set, he begins his powerful message.  Our members truly enjoyed his entertaining and insightful presentation. 


David Luther, Director of Communications, Missouri Association of School Administrators


Brian Woodland... what a dynamic, motivating, and inspiring speaker. Brian delivered an excellent keynote speech during a joint conference between school communication professionals, principals and school superintendents. Brian did an outstanding job of tailoring his message to fit our groups specific need. He was funny, insightful, polished and professional. He really connected with our audience and left them thinking about how they could make changes in both their professional and personal lives. He's not only an amazing speaker, he is an innovator and changer in the industry.

Arizona School Public Relations Association



Brian is one of the best speakers you could have keynote your event. He is a wealth of knowledge, has a rich history of working in school PR and leadership, and is funny on top of that! We had Brian lead off at our COSPRA Fall Conference in 2017 and he was such a hit with our members that we have invited him back to present at our 2019 Spring Conference. We had record attendance in Fall 2017 and the feedback from members was off the charts with how much they learned and his topic resonated with them. His wit and wisdom, along with continuously generating new, relevant topics, and connecting him to our event success is just one reason I know we'll continue to bring Brian back for events in the years to come.

Christy McGee, APR - COSPRA Events Chair 2016-2018
Christy McGee, APR
Public Information Officer
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8


Brian Woodland – Real Communications – Right NOW: We have had the opportunity to work with Brian Woodland on various occasions. One of the highlights of his seminars is his ability instill the belief that EFFECTIVE communications is critical to the organization.  Brian can involve and excite his audience immediately. He convinces you that you must have a communications plan and then follow the plan.  Brian really focuses his audience to believe and to START NOW.  To communicate effectively you must have a plan – DO the plan and check the results – adjust as necessary and keep on communicating.


Terry Jewell, Chair, Sturgeon Public School Division


Brian Woodland is quite simply, a rare individual. He is a warm, enthusiastic, compassionate, individual who can deliver a solid message in a professional way. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, a charming personality, and a great sense of humor. Brian has a unique way of illustrating his dialogue so that it is memorable and inspiring. I learn and am uplifted each time I hear him speak

Kim Mesquita, President, Arizona School Public Relations Association





Brian inspired our staff to think deep and recognize our biases as they relate to inclusion and student achievement in an entertaining presentation.


Terry Locke, Chandler Unified School District


Our members are still referencing Brian’s presentation about branding months later. He has a way of incorporating stories from his own school PR experiences along with humor that captivated our audience.  Our members were given tips and tools they could start using right away.


Jake Sturgis, APR

Former President, Minnesota School Public Relations Association

Chief Storyteller, Captivate Media + Consulting



Brian's fast-paced, entertaining style and dynamic presence not only engaged our entire district, but was also the perfect message to start our school year in a positive way. 


Ryan Williams, Tulsa Tech



I first heard Brian present more than 15 years ago.   His fast-paced, entertaining, humorous and thoughtful presentations are compelling and inspirational.  Brian is also adept at personalizing his talks to address the important issues of the group to whom he is speaking. 


David Luther, Executive Director, Missouri School Public Relations Association


It’s not always easy to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion in schools.  Brian was able to share some of his first-hand experience with this work while not only giving us the confidence to start difficult conversations, but the courage to help lead these efforts for our communities.


Jake Sturgis, APR

Former President, Minnesota School Public Relations Association

Chief Storyteller, Captivate Media + Consulting


Brian Woodland’s work with our school and system based, instructional leaders generated deeper understanding about and appreciation for the pivotal role our leaders have in connecting the school / greater community, with the important work of Public Education.  Brian’s seven ways to be an effective communications leader, inspired our people to inspire their staff, students and communities.  Thank you, Brian, for helping us to focus on that which is most important – our connections to each other and those we serve.


Mary Lynne Campbell, Superintendent, Sturgeon Public School Division, Alberta, Canada




Brian Woodland gave a session that has changed the way I see the world. #transformational #NSPRA2016


Dane Dellanbach, Blackboard, founder of #K12PRchat



Brian always delivers a powerful, challenging & direct message that is never sugar coated #BrianInspires


Mychal Frost, Rock Hill Schools, South Carolina


Epic ending, Brian are the king of inspiration.  Leaving renewed and hopeful #ThankYou #AllinPR #NSPRA2016


Melissa K Robinette‏


Overheard folks talking about how it was standing room only for @brian_woodland last year @NSPRA and immediately decided to check out ‘The 5 Things You Should Never Say: The Forbidden Phrases of Great Leaders.’ Mind blown.


Marie Russell‏ @tusd_mrussell




Here they are! @brian_woodland ‘s 5 things you should never say! If you missed it, you missed great depth and yes.... Brianinspires! #nspra2018


Greg Turchetta‏ @NewsBoss



I remember watching ESPN one day as a kid. Reggie Jackson asked Mark McGwire who he wanted to be like as a kid. He said kids should want to be themselves when they grow up. Always liked that. But forget that guy. I want to be like @brian_woodland when I grow up. #NSPRA2018


Jack Sheard    ‏ @jacksheard 

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