Impact of Youth Motivational Speakers – Jeff Yalden

Since 1994, Jeff Yalden has been the most requested and recognized youth motivational speaker for school assemblies and youth conferences.  High School Assemblies are defining moments for high school students and teachers when you have a speaker that has the experience captivating an audience of teens.  Middle School Assemblies can also have the same impact for teenagers dealing with many issues teens are dealing with at 10 to 14 years old.  When hiring a teen speaker for these age groups make sure you find a speaker that knows how to get their message across while still captivating this particular age group.

There are many people coming into the Youth Market claiming their message and their story will make them the greatest youth speaker in America today.  Not so much . . .

Just because you have a story to share doesn’t mean you can captivate a high school school assembly.  Think about 1,000 teenagers coming into a gymnasium used to their school hiring terrible speakers.  Every School Assembly the past three years has been the same boring type of speaker.  A speaker in a suit telling the kids the way life is and how they should act.  Drugs are bad and if you do drugs you’re going to die.  The kids here this every day of their lives and to be honest this approach is wasted class time.

I hear this all the time.  Teenagers are ready for a school assembly and they look forward to getting out of class and sleep time.  Just because you have a story doesn’t mean you can captivate a high school assembly.  Here is how I judge whether you have the ability or not: Last day before the upcoming week’s school vacation.  It’s Friday.  Last period of the day.  In one hour the kids are on vacation.  1,000 teens all jacked up after lunch ready for the week ahead and they have a school assembly.  This assembly is in the gymnasium with a sound system that sucks!  Can you handle this group of teens?  All of them waiting for you to be funny and entertaining while still delivering the message they know you are here to share.  Can you do it?  Few people can but many think they can.

Many schools have assemblies every month hoping to get a speaker that will share something different than their every day teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.  Budgets are tight, grants are scarce, and fundraising is being done by every organization the school hosts.  Here’s a thought:  Why don’t you find yourself ONE speaker that creates a defining moment that the students will rave about for the year?  Why don’t you find a speaker that knows how to speak to this audience sharing a message you want the kids to hear?

I want to share with you this unsolicited testimonial that touched my heart during a time when I was dealing with depression during the Holiday’s.  This came on YouTube from one of my YouTube videos.  I’m honored to share with you the impact we speakers have on High School Audiences:

“You spoke at my school many year’s ago.  I’ve been struggling with depression for the past year . . . No one knows . . . And as I was searching YouTube for just one video to tell me that life is worth living, I remembered talking to you  on Twitter a while back so I looked for a video of yours.  Here it is . . . And at this very moment . . . For the forst time in a long time . . . I feel like there is something to life . . . like we all hit rough patches but we can overcome it.  Thanks Jeff.  Really!  Thank you!” – Unknown

WOW!  After my school assemblies my Facebook Fan Page gets incredible unsolicited testimonials from the teenagers.  I find it truly amazing.  That is when I know I have impacted the audience I was hired to speak to.

Just remember that when hiring a speaker, think this:

You want a speaker to is going to provide a defining moment for your teens.  You want a speaker that knows the teenagers from Gangs to Student Council Students and every teen in between.  You want one that is going to create great school spiritand great school morale while delivering a message that you want your kids to get.

Next time you hire a Teen Speaker for your next High School or Middle School Assembly look for Jeff Yalden at  You will be made a hero and your kids will finally thank you for getting a good speaker.

Jeff Yalden

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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