Over the past decade, Tyson has built his public speaking business traveling the nation connecting with students on the timely and important topic of distracted driving and traffic safety. Weaved together with his own story, students, teachers and employees engage with Tyson on a different level as he uses his experience to motivate, challenge and educate his audiences. As a former teacher and coach, he has a unique ability to reach people from all walks of life. Living life from a wheelchair, as a result of a distracted driver, has inspired Tyson to make a positive impact in the world of traffic safety, and his personal experience adds an authentic touch to his emotional and powerful presentations.
In March of 2005, while attending Texas State University- San Marcos, Tyson was waiting to turn left on a two-lane road when a 33-ton cement mixer truck ran over his car from behind. This near-death experience left him paralyzed from the waist down, but ignited his incredible passion for life and refusal to be held back by any obstacle. Tyson has helped students, educators and corporate teams move beyond their limitations, and understand the importance of safety and attitude. It’s not a matter of if change will happen – it’s when. His presentation style will have you laughing one minute, and crying the next, but will leave you with a burning desire to be the best version of “you” that you can be.
Tyson travels from outside of Austin, TX where he lives in the hill country, and enjoys hunting and fishing when he is not on stage presenting. He was raised in west Texas where he was an avid baseball and football player for Andrews High School, and played college baseball before transferring to Texas State to earn his degree, after a shoulder injury forced him to stop playing baseball.
Tyson Dever is without a doubt the best motivational speaker I have ever heard in person. Tyson’s message of overcoming life’s obstacles, and having a positive, winning attitude is truly inspirational. He leaves the audience feeling better about their own personal lives, careers, and plans for the future. I am a better person for meeting Tyson, learning his story, and following his journey to where he is now in life. If you have the opportunity, and need someone to inspire students and adults alike, bring this young man in, and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Tyson has a unique talent for reaching the hearts of his audience. He connects by combining active participation with his story of perseverance, determination, and grit. But I think students believe him and trust him because there is no grandiose attempt to manipulate emotions; he is genuine, honest, authentic. I trust Tyson to deliver a message teenagers (and adults) need to hear.
Tyson is a dynamic speaker who will motivate your staff to a higher level of commitment. His personal story is fascinating and his energy and optimism are contagious. Every teacher and student in your district will benefit from what Tyson has to say.
Tyson did an amazing job as our convocation speaker and really motivated our staff. I was moved and inspired.
When he tells his story you forget that he is in a chair. He teaches you in so many ways not to give up – on your future, on your life, and on yourself!
The multi-year partnership we have had with Tyson Dever has been a true win-win collaboration for our Youth Transportation Safety Program at TTI. He adds an impactful testimonial to the mix of our outreach and does an amazing job of connecting with young audiences.
Tyson is just an inspiration, top to bottom. The kids enjoyed eating lunch with him and I loved the message and challenge he sent to our kiddos. I’ve already gotten tons of compliments.
Tyson spoke to our employees at our site as well as our local high school about safety, motivation, adversity and strength. Tyson does an outstanding job using his life circumstances to teach and motivate each and every person listening. The program he presented was very beneficial to my site, and we have been accident-free since his presentation. My employees were very grateful for the story he shared, and have applied it to their lives. His message is beneficial for all ages, and I highly recommend you have him share his experience with your school, business or entity!