Jeff Yalden Encourages Leaders at the Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association (RIRPA) Annual Conference

On March 15th, Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden was the Keynote Speaker at the Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association (RIRPA) 2013 Annual Conference and Tradeshow at the Baypoint Hotel and Conference Center in Portsmouth, RI.


Approximately 40-50 adult leaders from various recreation departments throughout the state of Rhode Island enjoyed listening to Jeff’s message. They work with teens and families year-round for programs and were looking for motivation and encouragement. In his Keynote address, “Take Time to Think”, Jeff’s goal was to help validate the audience and to inspire their work with today’s teens. He wanted to encourage them to be a positive influence on the people in their community. They should seek to be an inspiration for kids and the people who work under them at the recreation department. Jeff helped them to understand that expectations bring disappointment, but by focusing on the objective, they can be more productive in teaching and influencing teens. He closed by reminding them to find gratitude every day. “Get back to why you are here doing what you do every day.” He hopes they will all teach and live by the 4 T’s: “Take Time To Think”.


RIRPA President Andrew Wade enjoying Jeff’s message


In the afternoon, Jeff  held a workshop entitled: “Lead Now or Step Aside”. This participatory problem-solving workshop pushed the leaders to reach beyond their comfort zones. His team lesson gave a memorable experiential lesson in the value of communication and persistence. He discussed the character traits of leadership including integrity and respect. Additionally, Jeff encouraged the audience to personalize their story to share their message with the youth that they are working with everyday. They walked away with essential leadership principles and some valuable skills.


Jeff with the Leadership Workshop


Highly regarded as the #1 Teen Motivational Speaker in all of North America, Jeff Yalden has traveled to 50 states and 48 countries, delivering his keynote address, “About Life”. As a teen and family life coach, Jeff gets to the heart of the matter, helping teens and families in their struggles together. In 2002, Jeff was awarded the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), which is a designation awarded to less than 5% of all Professional Speakers. Every year, over 1 million people are left inspired by Jeff Yalden’s inexhaustible energy.

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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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