How To Be An Awesome Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker

As a youth motivational speaker I receive emails and phone calls nearly every day from other people that want to know if I will mentor them and teach them how to become a successful speaker.  Listen my friends, I can share with you what I do, but I can’t, nor will I, do the work for you.  You have to go out there and create this success for yourself.

There are a lot of other teen motivational and youth motivational speakers offering their services, but again, they will, and I will be happy to take your money, but the bottom line is I am going to motivate you and tell you how awesome the career of being a teen motivational speaker is, but the reality is YOU HAVE TO CREATE THIS SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF.

Hi, I am Jeff Yalden.  Since 1992, I have been speaking professionally to teens in high school assemblies, middle school assemblies, teen leadership conferences, and every type of youth event you can imagine.  For nearly 20 years, I have traveled all 50 states, 48 countries, and every province in Canada speaking to teens in auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafetoriums.  Many of today’s youth speakers call me “The Veteran.”  It’s a title I think I have earned with hard work and commitment.

So, let’s address the title of this blog.  “How to be an awesome Youth Motivational Speaker?”  You can go through some of these other youth speakers and pay them big bucks to figure out what you can do on your own.  Why pay someone big money and mentor under them when you have to do the work anyways?  Listen, here is my best advice for becoming one of the top youth motivational speakers in the world within the next five years.

1.  Develop a message that you are passionate about sharing and speaking over 100 times a year.  Remember, make it something you are passionate about because you have to tell the stories every day.

2.  Market yourself – Develop a website that is catching and appealing.  Put the message and points of your talk on the site.  Develop post cards, flyers, letterhead, envelopes, etc.  Market, Market.  Read the book, “Gorilla Marketing” for tips on Marketing.  Pretty simple.

3.  Blog.  Write.  How about writing a book?  The book doesn’t have to be 128 pages long.  Start small and keep adding to the book.

4.  Maintain your passion and energy and be developing your message all the time.

5.  Don’t worry that you suck!  We all did in the beginning and we worked through it and got better.  We are all still crafting our material and becoming better with each and every talk.

6.  Send emails – Google Youth Conference Coordinators such as FFA, FCCLA, STUCO, FHA, FEA, DECA, SADD, School Counselors, Principals, PTO’s, etc.  Send them a letter and include your flyer, post cards, one sheets, and other marketing materials.

7.  Don’t quit.  Don’t give up.  Send about 100 emails a day.  Send 100 letters every day.

8.  Create a newsletter using Constant Contact.  Keep all your email addresses and include everyone on your email list.

9.  Be authentic.  Be yourself.  Don’t try and be anybody else as a youth speaker.  Don’t try and tell anyone else’s message or stories.  This will alone will destroy your career and you will lose the respect of all speakers.  Believe me!  I learned the hard way and made this mistake and I regret it every day, but I have become a better speaker as a result and a better person.  My best advice is to tell your story and if you think you have something that a teen audience needs to hear, then don’t be afraid to have your own style and your defining message.

10.  Use YouTube to your benefit.  Youtube your audience before and after your talks.  Keep in touch with the schools and conferences you speak at.

11.  Send thank you letters asking for references.

12.  Update your marketing material and keep it current.

13.  Think about your fees . . . Be careful.  My best advice is to charge what you think your value is worth.

There is my best advice.  Now you can send me your checks that you will have paid other people to learn how to speak.  You know what to do.  Now go out there and do it because we can tell you what you should do, but we can’t do it for you.  Be motivated and go out there and become one of the top youth motivational speakers in the world.

I hope to share the stage with you someday.

** Jeff Yalden is one of the top youth motivational speaker in America today.  He speaks to high school assemblies, middle school assemblies, youth leadership conferences, and all teen audiences where you want your teens to think, laugh, feel, and change their attitudes and behaviors.  Visit Jeff at

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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.

5 Responses to “How To Be An Awesome Youth Motivational Speaker”

  1. Melissa
    April 17, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Jeff,

    I thank you for being up front and honest.Its nice to hear the truth of the struggles becoming a speaker. I myself want to be a speaker for teens that have been abused. I want to use my story s to help encourage people to become what they set out in life to do despite the challenges in their life. I would like to know when you first started what are some of the other tools you used to help market yourself?

  2. Sky
    May 21, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    I just wanted to take the time to thank you for writing such an informative post. You gave me a really great place to start.

    I have been considering becoming a motivational speaker for the last 2 years but there is one problem.

    I am scared to share my story because of how it will be received, and scared that I am too young (23) to be taken seriously. I currently work in the corporate world and face age resistance everyday.

    I hope that you continue to change lives and that I can one day share the stage with you.

    Kind regards

    Sky Melody

  3. May 25, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    Dear Sir
    I have dream to become motivational speaker at least for my country (Srilanka)
    please advise and give your support

    Kind regards

  4. Robert Linscott
    September 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Thank you man! That video gave me more fuel. I have been working on my message for a few weeks now and have a school I can approach. Me message is about choosing thoughts and how teens can manifest a great life for themselves by being aware of their thoughts and emotions.

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