Arizona State Student Council “WOW’ed!”

Best Youth Motivational Speaker in America

Meet the man. The myth.  The Legend – Meet Jeff Yalden who has been speaking to teen audiences and student leadership events for over 24 years.

Jeff Yalden has been fortunate enough to be speaking at many of the top student leadership conferences in the country. He has literally spoken at thousands of high schools and hundreds of youth leadership conferences.

“The Arizona State Student Leadership Conference is certainly one of the very best youth leadership conferences I’ve had the honor of speaking at.” says Jeff.  “This was my fourth time being one of the youth motivational speakers and every time I am impressed with the quality of the conference general sessions, the enthusiasm of the student delegates, student leaders, the great student advisors, and the amount of students they bring in every year.  Arizona Student Council Leadership is in great hands with Mr. Jeff Peters and Mr. Daniel Dodge.  These two gentleman are two outstanding leaders and make their state one of the best examples of what a student leadership experience is all about.  Great job, everyone!”, Jeff said.  Jeff has also spoken at the National Association of Student Council Conference when they were held in Cupertino, CA.

On January 21, 2017 – over 2000 high school student leaders from the great state of Arizona filled into the gymnasium at Lake Havasu High School in Lake Havasu, Arizona for the closing general session to hear keynote speaker, youth motivational speaker and celebrity teen and family life coach – Jeff Yalden give his keynote talk to the Arizona State Student Leaders.

For an hour and half, Jeff mesmerized the student leaders and advisers with his ‘real life’ leadership talk about leadership and your influence on others.  Jeff is a teen mental health expert and leadership speaker that talks about leading yourself with character and authenticity and that your influence on others is about building trust and respect amongst your peers.

Jeff’s talk focused on three things that Jeff finds to be very important personally and professionally: Self-Respect and how you value yourself.  Your attitude and the choices you make.  When Jeff talks about this he refers to himself and his adult life and also looks back when he was a teenager and say he wished he knew these same three things then.  It’s universal.  Whether you are a teenager or an adult.  Whether you are a student leaders and influence your peers everyday or you are a CEO running a Fortune 500 company, your Self Respect, Attitude, and Choices matter.  Jeff uses the mantra, “TAKE TIME TO THINK” and calls it the 4T’s.

What makes Jeff popular amongst his audiences is that they say, “He gets us!”  He speaks with us and not as in a way that we want to listen.  He has the perfect combination of humor blended with truth.  “When Jeff speaks, you can’t help, but to listen.  He’s that good and that commanding as a speaker and I have heard him speak about five times.  Every time it’s amazing!”, said Emily a high school senior student leader from Phoenix area.

When Jeff talks about leadership and your influence on others he asks the questions, “Who is the hardest person to get to know?”  Everybody says, “Ourselves!”  That is where Jeff comes from.  Leading ourselves first and looking in the mirror to ask better questions.  Such as, “How can I be a better leader?”  Or, “How can I be a better person, a friend, son, daughter, students, improve my grades, etc.”  Jeff talks about understanding yourself before you look to compare who you are to other people.

When Jeff speaks he is real.  He is 100% present with his audience and is always honored to have this opportunity.  Why at 46 years old does Jeff still speak to youth after all these years.  He says, “I still love my work with teens, teachers, and parents, because I still remember how my childhood was and what I went through.”  It’s me.  It’s who I am.  This is what I do and I wouldn’t want to ever do anything else.  I am so honored and grateful I get to do this and connect with my audiences the way I do.”

Lake Havasu, AZ is renowned for its party scene.  Five weeks every spring hundreds of thousands of college aged students come to Lake Havasu, AZ for the parties, the boating, and the drinking.  The medical facilities ramp up over five times their normal staff for what is about to happen – alcohol induced accidents, boating accidents, drug overdoses, etc.  But, on this very weekend in January, 2,000 high school teens brought their enthusiasm and leadership skills to Lake Havasu High School for growth, education, and to share with each other.  Lake Havasu High School put on a great conference for their fellow student leaders.

For more information on Jeff Yalden and his talks to high schools, middle schools, colleges and universities, please visit  Jeff’s hit reality TV show on MTV’s MADE was watched by over 70 million people over 10 years the show aired.  Jeff is now the most requested teen youth motivational speaker in the world.

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

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