Tingle has appeared as a keynote speaker at state and national conferences before a diverse sampling of organizations and covering a variety of subjects. In 1998, he delivered the opening address at the Young Author’s Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, sponsored by the United States Department of Defense.
Recent keynotes include the National Association of Native American Libraries, Museums, and Archives, which featured stories of his own travels to reservation libraries in remote Indian communities. At the National Conference of Compassionate Friends in Oklahoma City, Tingle delivered a poignant speech referencing the Trail of Tears. He has also spoken at numerous Teachers of English state conferences and statewide gatherings of the International Reading Association.
Tingle’s humorous touch was on display in his 2007 “Roast of Tribal Leaders,” delivered at the McAlester Choctaw Center. One of his most well received speeches was presented at the Utah Alternative Education Conference, “Making the Unpopular Choices.” Pulling from hours of interviews with prison inmates and personnel, Tingle delivered a powerful vision of hope in the midst of hazardous and discouraging living conditions.
Tim Tingle has delivered keynote addresses on many topics, including folklore, creative writing, storytelling, and before at-risk educational audiences. Combining his performance, authorship, and interview experience, Tingle creates memorable keynote speeches tailored to the needs of the audience. Speeches often include music and brief scenes from his published writings.