Jeff Yalden Inspires Athletes at the NHIAA Student Leadership Conference

On March 14th, International Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden was the Keynote Speaker for the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) Student Leadership Conference. The event was held at the Courtyard Marriot in Concord, NH.


Approximately 18 years ago, Jeff was a soccer and basketball coach at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire. He was excited to return to the state and share his message with approximately 350 student leaders who are also talented athletes. For this event, Jeff focused on sportsmanship and the importance of being a leader on and off the court.

Jeff closed the evening with his favorite quote:

Work for a cause, not for applause.

Live life to express, not to impress.

Don’t strive to make your presence noticed,

Just make your absence felt.



The room was filled with beautiful students who were dressed up and listening attentively. They were uncharacteristically quiet during much of his presentation and Jeff briefly wondered if perhaps his message hadn’t touched their hearts like he had hoped. After the presentation, he quickly learned that he couldn’t have been further from the truth.


Numerous students approached him, many with tears in their eyes, and they thanked him for sharing his heart with theirs.


In addition to chatting with Jeff and pausing for photos, the students had the opportunity to purchase his new book, “Your Life Matters”.


Many of the students went to their hotel rooms to change their clothes and then returned to visit with Jeff for a bit longer.


Jeff really enjoyed his time with the NHIAA student leaders. He hopes that they will always remember to “Take Time to Think” as they chase their dreams.

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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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