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Shalleen - Colorado DECA 2018 Testimonial

I thought it was a great opening ceremony. It was really cool having him there and seeing what he had to say. It was really exciting when he climbed on top of the ladder. Just living in the moment. It was really cool seeing all the experiences that he’s done just because he went out of his comfort zone, and just didn’t hold anything back. I think he did a great job! I would definitely recommend him.


Student, DECA

Roger - Colorado DECA 2018 Testimonial

I thought his presentation was great. One of the most powerful takeaways for me was when he talked about the importance of rising above your environment; there’s a lot of people out there that try to talk you down and talk you out of decisions, and so it reiterated even more so what my parents always tell me and try to instill in me.

During the breakout session, he brought me up and we talked about my goal to win the Masters at least once. He asked what steps am I taking to get there, what actions am I taking, what actions can I take in the future, and so he just kind of stepped me in the process to get there. It was something that, luckily, I’ve had some mentors that have helped me do that along the way, and it’s always good to be able to go through it again and just kind of ingrain it in my mind more and more. It was a powerful experience.


Student, DECA

Brooke - Colorado DECA 2018 Testimonial

He’s a really good speaker, and he made me think of some stuff I’ve never really thought about before like everyone’s life could be turned into a two hour movie and how it would inspire other people. It was both engaging and exciting. It was really fun. The group he was speaking to was high school students, and sometimes it’s hard to keep them engaged because they go on their phones and stuff. But, everyone there was really engaged and no one went on their phones or anything. He was great!


Student, DECA

Trevor - Arvada West High School Testimonial

He asked us to move around a lot and tell people what was on our bucket list. For me that’s traveling somewhere, and he said, “Is this something that you can do in the next year?” And I thought about it, “Yeah, I guess it is something that I can do in the next year.” I think the timing of this was perfect – it just really hit me today with what he was saying, if it’s something you wanna do, just go for it.


Senior, Arvada West High School


CMEA and CBE Fall Conference

I had the opportunity to present my motivational keynote for the Colorado Marketing Education Association and Colorado Business Educators Fall Conference 2017 in Breckenridge, Colorado. It was a passionate day of saying “YES” to new experiences and building community amongst our amazing Colorado educators.

Jefferson County School District

I had the pleasure of presenting my motivational keynote for the Jefferson County School District’s Food and Nutrition Services in Littleton, Colorado. It was a truly powerful day of community and customer service training with a group of amazing individuals!


Ev Vaughan - Colorado DECA Testimonial

I’ve been the State Advisor for DECA for the past 11 years and I’d probably say Kenyon is the number one speaker we’ve ever brought in.

What Kenyon has to say ties into our mission statement extremely well; we want to build young entrepreneurs and we want to build the leaders of tomorrow. The topics that he touches on and how he presents it leads directly to that – to be that individual, to step up, to come forward, to make yourself that better person that’s going to go on and do something in life.

Following the presentation, I talked to many advisors as well as a lot of the kids and they LOVED it. They said they’ve never seen anybody be able to hold a student organization with 3,000 kids sitting there for 60 minutes, in chairs, with complete attention for an entire 60 minutes. Some of the comments made were, “I can’t believe that this guy has got our kids involved, and I mean TOTALLY involved, in what he was doing and saying.“ He got them up out of their seats, thinking, laughing, and cheering.

I would absolutely recommend Kenyon 100%. If you are able to get him for your event, get him!

Ev Vaughan

State Advisor, Colorado DECA

Jeremy West - Colorado School Nutrition Association Testimonial

I love the energy that Kenyon brought to our conference and just the message that he has; that there’s just three simple things that we can do to really impact the lives of others and to really put energy into our own lives. I would totally recommend Kenyon to come to your event and speak as a keynote and do a breakout session. He’s got a great message and a great heart.

Jeremy West

President, Colorado School Nutrition Association

Shawn Collins - Arvada West High School Testimonial

It was top-notch. It was something that my entire senior class was highly, highly engaged in. They loved it. When we had our small, little break, they were super excited to be able to get back into the auditorium and be able to participate because he’s such an engaging speaker.

I think that the message that he has isn’t just for adults or for kids. It’s for all generations of people on how to live their life. I would absolutely recommend Kenyon to anybody.

Shawn Collins

Assistant Principal & Activities Director, Arvada West High School


Who Is Kenyon And Why Is He Perfect For Your Next Event?

Kenyon Salo is one of the top trainers, facilitators, and keynote speakers in corporate, student, and educator spaces.

His passion is to make a profound difference, add immense value, and directly impact the lives of students and the educators who are connected to them.

After taking some life changing advice from his high school mentor and varsity soccer coach, Jeff Tolson, Kenyon decided to follow his dreams and never look back. To this day, he strives to give back through his powerful message, to camps, schools and the educators that lead them.

One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line. He brings to the stage over 20+ years of successful audience engagement through humor, awe-inspiring moments, prolific storytelling, and ‘edge-of-the seat’ content.

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Three Core Principles

Create more. Share more. Live more.

The Bucket List Life Keynote is built off the above three core principles that have helped Kenyon design a fulfilling life of travel, adventures, meaningful interactions, and achieving his dreams.

The entire presentation is structured around these three simple steps that anyone can do to set them on a path to accomplish what they desire in life, both personally and professionally.

Prior to the engagement, Kenyon finds out the event theme from the organizer so he can tailor his delivery to fit the needs of the client.

Students and Educators have found a tremendous amount of success from the message that Kenyon delivers. Students often get fired up by the opportunity life has to offer when they follow these steps. Educators tend to have many ‘A-Ha’ moments when they reflect on where they’ve been and where they truly desire to go in the next phases of life.

Both students and educators find immense value in the third principle of “Living More Fulfilled”, which really comes down to helping others.

Students learn how useful this concept is for their successful transition into the world community, while educators are the true definition of ‘helping others’, because they’ve chosen a profession dedicated to helping the youth of today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Both audiences resonate deeply from what Kenyon delivers and leave the presentation with many tools and ideas to help live their “Bucket List Life”.



  • Format: Keynote Presentation
  • Duration: 60, 75, or 90 minutes

Program Summary

This high energy, opening or closing keynote session, will perfectly set the stage or beautifully wrap up any event.

Powerfully delivered by Kenyon Salo, known as the “James Bond of Speaking,” attendees will learn how the three simple concepts of The Bucket List Life will help guide them through finding fulfillment through their life-long journey. They will see the creation of phenomenal experiences, share powerful stories, and ultimately feel the gratifying impact of helping others along the way.

The Bucket List Life and Kenyon Salo will help attendees students and educators elevate their lives, both personally and professionally.

Designed To Be Memorable And Engaging

The overall design of the presentation is tailored to satisfy the event’s values, standards, and goals in an impactful way using techniques to connect with audience members in all three learning categories: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic.

The ultimate goal is that attendees end the day feeling strong, positive and empowered knowing that they have simple, actionable tools for success!

  • Visual: Multimedia experience of powerful images and videos to enhance the message and ideas of the presentation so students and educators see the value of what life has to offer and how they can achieve any goal.
  • Auditory: Compelling stories that include humor, touching moments, and life lessons that connect with people cognitively for many ‘A-Ha’ moments and take-aways.
  • Kinesthetic: Facilitated audience movement around the room and interactions with other event attendees to really ‘feel’ the power of connections and how their lives matter to themselves and to others.

By touching on all the different learning styles in a single presentation, it ensures that this keynote is memorable long after the event is over and that every attendee is able to process the overall message in a way that resonates with themselves in the deepest way possible.

Tailored To Impact Both Students And Educators

Though Kenyon’s presentation can impact a wide variety of people, he makes sure to tailor his message for each audience. Both students and educators will leave with a heart full of inspiration, head full of new ideas, and a spirit ready to face any challenges that lie ahead on their journey to living their bucket list life.

Key Benefits For Students

Keeps Students Engaged: Thanks to social media, it’s harder than ever hold the attention of younger audiences. However, Kenyon’s proven he can keep students engaged and have them participate with excitement through his powerful multimedia experience – from small auditoriums to large conferences, he’s mastered this ability. Plus, educators love that they count on their students actually participating!

Inspires Students To Do More: At such a pivotal time in their lives, Kenyon inspires them to dream bigger, think deeper, and take action on their goals. He empowers them to ignore judgement from their peers, break through their fears, and dare to do what lights them up inside. When a young mind is inspired and determined, there’s almost nothing that can stop them.

Provides Tools For Success: Kenyon provides simple steps for students to turn their goals into reality as they continue beyond high school, through college, and ultimately face the challenges of adulthood. Many of them will be forced out of their comfort zone and lose a lot of what they’ve known for so long: teachers, friends, location, routine, etc. This is a tough transition for most that requires clarity of vision, mental toughness, and new tools for success. Through powerful examples and individual participation, Kenyon ensures students grasp the ideas and tools necessary to succeed as they progress through life.

Plants The Seed For Leaving A Legacy: The idea of leaving a legacy is harder for students to grasp, but Kenyon does an excellent job of challenging them to think about this idea early in life. Our legacy is merely a collection of The Bucket List Life principles: experiences we create, stories we share, and others we help to live more fulfilled. Kenyon understands our students of today are our leaders of tomorrow and knows if they embrace this idea early, they’ll do great things, impact thousands of lives, and help change our world for the better.

Key Benefits For Educators

Empowers Educators To Guide Their Students To Success: Educators have a very challenging, yet rewarding position. How do you best inspire and guide the next generation of leaders? There’s no one right answer. Kenyon recognizes this challenge and provides educators with simple steps they can use to help students navigate challenges they’ll face on the way to their dreams.

Reignites Lost Flames: Educators are amazing role models for living a life of helping others. However, sometimes educators get so focused on helping their students and others around them that they forget to live their own bucket list lives. Kenyon’s emotional and engaging presentation often ignites lost flames and pushes you to take action on all those amazing experiences you keep putting off.

Inspires Educators To Dream Big Again: As a father of two kids, Kenyon understands just how rewarding it is to help kids dream big and achieve those dreams. He also knows we can’t put our own dreams aside. As adults, we often fall into a comfortable pattern and push our inner child aside. Kenyon’s presentation will bring out that inner child and get you dreaming bigger, while also providing the framework for reaching those dreams.

Draws Out Powerful Emotions: With all life has to throw at educators and adults in general, they tend to put on a stoic mask and push through life. Kenyon’s presentation helps you break that mask, allows you to share some of your best stories, and often brings out both tears and laughter. The powerful connection with our own emotions and with others in the room simultaneously often results in new friendships, communities, and fantastic ideas.



Kenyon kicks off the keynote with a bang by getting attendees out of their seats, high fiving their neighbors, and celebrating each other for being at the event.

Following the dynamic start, Kenyon solicits an agreement from the audience to provide their undivided attention for the remainder of the presentation while setting expectations of how the keynote has the potential to change their lives should they choose to fully participate.

At this point, the true keynote begins as Kenyon brings everyone into his world by taking them on a journey through his first NFL stadium skydive demo with the Denver Broncos Team Thunderstorm. This entertaining story helps Kenyon segway seamlessly into the first principle and allows for the audience to learn more about who he is, what he believes in, and provides an example of how anyone can actualize their dreams when they commit themselves to living a Bucket List Life.

Step 1: Create More Experiences

The first principle of living the life people truly desire is to focus on the self by creating new experiences that allow anyone to grow into their dreams and break-free from the comfort zone that keeps themselves chained to their old habits.

In this section, Kenyon uses a 8-foot ladder (when applicable) to demonstrate the process of freeing oneself from the environment that holds people back in order to take advantage of the things that will help them achieve the dreams and goals they desire most in life.

Immediately following this powerful display, he facilitates group interaction by having attendees move about the room to partner up and connect with someone they don’t know. He prompts several questions to help the audience analyze what experiences they’d like to explore and has several volunteers share with everyone before offering a sobering outlook on the importance of doing those things sooner than later.

He concludes this section with a video of a recent experience that helped him find a new passion and gain a deeper relationship and connection with his own mother.

Step 2: Share More Stories

The second principle is to share more stories as a way to foster meaningful interactions with the people that they come across in their day to day lives. This step is important because people live in a world that is more connected than ever and somehow more lonely than ever. Through exchanging stories and creating shared experiences, people are able to communicate more deeply and easily which is fundamental for connecting with others and overall success in life.

In this section, Kenyon talks about the significance of how stories have played in the development of modern society and how people’s everyday exchanges with others can deeply impact their lives, as well as other’s lives, for the better.

He then goes on to share a personal story about how a seemingly ordinary day with his daughter turned into a moment that they both will remember forever. It touches upon the importance of being present and appreciating the little moments in life that go on to paint the bigger picture that anyone can and will someday look back on.

After Kenyon shares, he facilitates more audience interaction by having attendees find new partners to satisfy the next prompt in regards to sharing stories. After the partners share with each other he then facilitates a group share where he has several volunteers share the stories of their partners. This has commonly lead to extremely powerful, unscripted and heart touching moments at past events.

He adds some final takeaways on stories before showing another video that highlights the stories that have been created, in recent times, by his Bucket List Life community.

Immediately following the video, Kenyon asks the audience about what parts of the video resonated most with them. The answers naturally lead into the next section as he unpacks part of the short montage, from the video, featuring a 96 year old woman by the name of Peggy.

Step 3: Live More Fulfilled

The final principle is to live more fulfilled through helping others. After someone has grown from their new experiences and connected more deeply with others through sharing stories, they will be empowered to give back to other people through their actions and acquired wisdom, which is one of the greatest things someone can do to find fulfillment in this life.

This section kicks off with Kenyon having attendees return to their original chairs before bringing their attention to the metaphorical journey that they had just completed during the process of the entire event.

He proceeds to breakdown the power of helping others through impactful stories and the positive physiological effects of committing acts of goodwill towards the people around them.

The final powerful tool Kenyon shares, during this part of the presentation, is a story and video of how he helped a dear friend bring a selfless dream to life which would prove to become a heart-touching part of her legacy after losing her battle with Ovarian cancer.

At this point, there tends to be sniffles emerging through the deep silence which proves to be a stark contrast and juxtaposition to the roar of laughter and adventure moments experienced throughout the majority of the keynote. Kenyon tactfully and gracefully livens the mood up through tasteful humor and finding the silver-lining of this story.


Kenyon’s number one priority towards the end of his keynote is to drive home everything the attendees have just experienced over the previous timeframe to get them fired up to act on the three principles of living a Bucket List Life.

He ends the presentation on a high note through one final metaphorical story experience that is sure to leave everyone feeling inspired, motivated, and energized to embark on their path to excellence and fulfillment, both personally and professionally!


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