Jeff Yalden Teaches Unexpected Lessons at Clarion University


Jeff with Clarion U Students

Jeff with Clarion U Students

On Tuesday, March 26, Youth Motivational Speaker and Teen Life Coach Jeff Yalden spoke at Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania.  He was invited after one alumni member of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week posted a picture of him on her Twitter feed and the Clarion University student activities director asked about him.  Cody Rapp, the Assistant Director at the Clarion Chamber of Commerce was the coordinator of this event.  During Jeff’s visit, Clarion University students learned various important life lessons, some of which were quite unexpected.

Prior to speaking at the university, Jeff met at Applebee’s with the students that had invested in his visit.  He describes it as a great hour-and-a-half dinner, where he got to speak with the students, learn who they were and what they wanted, and discover the expectations that they held for the evening’s event.  Jeff enjoyed their company, stating, “It was really a pleasure to get to meet some of the kids.”

Jeff Yalden Motivates Clarion Students

Jeff Yalden Motivates Clarion Students

Approximately 250 college students, along with many high school students, attended the event. Fraternities and sororities made up the crowd.  The assembly, held in the college’s auditorium, was an exciting one.  As Jeff stated, “It was just another incredible event, but this time it was geared towards college students.”  He felt very privileged to share his message with this college crowd.

However, the defining moment of the night occurred when Jeff least expected it.  While taking photos and signing posters, one young man approached him.  In his hands, he held an evaluation sheet, which had been given to students to rate the assembly.  Ready to tear up, he approached Jeff, as if he wished to show him what he had written.  He was about to crumble it up, when Jeff asked him why he was doing so.

The students were asked to rate the aspects of Jeff’s speech on a number of criteria from a scale of 1 to 5.  Jeff glanced at his paper and noticed that the college student had put all 4s.  Jeff told him it was okay and 4s were really not that bad.  The young man then ripped it, and stated, “I wrote 4s before I even heard you speak.  When you took the stage and started to speak, I judged you before you even spoke.  For that, I want to apologize to you.  I’m really sorry.”

Jeff shook his hand, responding, “I’m glad you were honest with me.  That’s okay that you judged me.  We do it every single day.  If tonight, that is the lesson that you learned, then my visit at Clarion University was well worth it.”

As evident with this event, “Sometimes, it’s the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference.  It’s the simple messages that make us grow so much.”  Jeff shook hands with the young man, and both smiled at each other.  However, Jeff could see that the young man was disappointed in himself.  “I saw that a defining moment was made, and to me, that was the best thing.”

Upon taking the stage, International Speaker Jeff Yalden is often misjudged for his appearance, and false conclusions are drawn by many before he even begins to speak.  However, during every assembly, those in the audience discover their misjudgment and realize just how much they degrade those around them before even getting to know them.  Youth Speaker Jeff Yalden is a great speaker for college and high school assemblies and will change the lives of those in attendance.  To bring life lessons like the one learned at Clarion to your school, please visit for more information.

What The People Are Saying


Students show their excitement after hearing Jeff!


After reviewing and recording the Clarion’s feedback to @JeffYalden another special thanks goes out to you!
- @Samm_m88 via Twitter


Such a good talk from @JeffYalden tonight. Gave me a whole new outlook on my life and how to achieve my goals
- @emschibb via Twitter

Bring @JeffYalden 2 @clarionu was incredible. Having my lil cousins there too, made it even more worth it! @johnnaaaa10@mandarapp#iloveyou
- Cody Rapp via Twitter

Was blown away and inspired tonight at @JeffYalden ‘s presentation tonight at Clarion University. You truly have a blessing.
- Shannon Geer via Twitter



Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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