Motivational speaker Josh Shipp has been traveling the country and giving his “in your face, but on your side” advice to millions for many years. Shipp’s keynote address during the first general session of the 83rd annual Texas FFA Convention was no exception. Shipp entertained the audience with his humor, but also shared his inspirational message with the crowd of nearly 8,000 Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena. “Be the best you can be,” Shipp said.
Shipp, who is from Oklahoma, was put up for adoption on the day of his birth. “It was actually one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Shipp said. “I would not have matured and learned the life lessons that I did.”
In high school, Shipp was involved in numerous leadership organizations, even serving as one organizations president. Shipp’s high school did not have an FFA program, but he does have a strong connection with and affinity for the FFA. “Every FFA member seems to be a good leader and insanely great in public speaking,” said Shipp. Shipp also has a friend that served as state president of the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Shipp has spoken at Harvard University, Stanford, UCLA, MIT and numerous other venues and events, but speaking at last October’s National FFA Convention left a lasting impact. “It was truly one of the highlights of my career,” he said.
In addition to speaking, Shipp serves as the host of the TV show JUMP SHIPP. He is also the author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination. He was named a CNN Young Person Who Rocks and was listed on INC. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list. He is also a recognized teen expert for media outlets such as MTV, CNN, and FOX.