After hours of waiting while other teen speakers read from the overhead projectors and read off notes while delivering their messages to the nearly 800 teenagers that represented 16 countries, American Youth Motivational Speaker and MTV MADE Teen Life Coach, Jeff Yalden took the stage and the climate changed immediately. The students changed their positions and woke up as they became mesmerized immediately by the change in energy and passionate delivery from a man they were soon to get to know and love.
In a country (Singapore), known for being conservative, and a client that the week prior to the event asked Jeff to remove his earrings and cover up his tattoos when he spoke (Jeff refused and offered to cancel the program with no recourse), Jeff grabbed them immediately and took them on an emotional roller-coaster of emotions as he had them laughing and feeling at the same time. Safe to say, “Jeff mesmerized 800 teenagers in Southeast Asia with his message, “About Life.” The students were given “The Jeff Yalden Experience!” Jeff didn’t disappoint.
With honorable guests such as Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister, and Religious Leaders at the event, Jeff Yalden delivered an energetic and passionate message without concerning himself with who was in the audience. Jeff always says, “The real honorable guests when I speak are the teenagers and the people that work with the teenagers. They are who I am there to speak to.” As a result, the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Michael Palmer told Jeff, “You did a great job. I enjoyed your message.” When Mr. Palmer asked to have a picture with Jeff, he referred to him as “Dude!”, which Jeff thought was so awesome. Jeff said, “You would never see American Officials as chill as Mr. Palmer. What a great experience and an honor to have him present and fully present in his time with the teenagers and the conference attendees.”
The following day, Jeff arrived at 9:00 am and was greeted by hundreds of teenagers lined up out side the doors to get a picture taken with Jeff. Of course, Jeff obliged and stood for hours giving the teens what they wanted. Jeff always feels that if teenagers think enough of you and your message to want a picture, Jeff feels it is a responsibility we youth speakers should never take for granted. Jeff says, “Sometimes, the message they see off the stage becomes more impactful, than the message they just heard on the stage. Teens want to know if you are real!”
About 11:00 am after the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Michael Palmer spoke, Jeff Yalden was invited back to the stage for a 30 minute address about “Accepting Everyone!” As Jeff walked up onto the stage, the students gave him a rousing applause excited to hear what Jeff had to say. This time, Jeff didn’t walk through the crowd with his signature in seats style of speaking. He stood from the lectern and delivered a message that reiterated what the Speaker of Parliament shared with the teenagers. In professional fashion, Jeff changed his message to reiterate the message before and driving home the point. Jeff tailored his message to accepting everyone, but first learning to really accept yourself first. Jeff talked about acting as a person of Character and Integrity. The student loved Jeff’s personal anecdotes and stories that drove home his message. Jeff is known for being honest, passionate, charismatic, and personal with his audiences. He never disappoints.
One of the other speakers said to Jeff afterwards, “You were absolutely amazing as you went with the professionalism of the conference and didn’t sway from that. Very impressive!”
One of the religious leaders came up to Jeff at the end of the night and said, “Jeff, one thing I learned from you this weekend is not to judge too quickly!” Jeff was brought to tears. Jeff doesn’t change who he is for anyone. Jeff refused to take out his earrings and cover up his tattoos because he felt that the clients were asking him to change who he was but still deliver his message. Jeff was willing to walk away. When you listen to Jeff speak, you see a man that most people would probably tell you to stay away from, but when you listen you see an oxymoron; a speaker that is bad-ass looking, but a person that has a heart and an emotional being that lives life with incredible gratitude and authenticity.
Jeff came to Southeast Asia and mesmerized 16 countries with his message, energy, passion, and concern for teens all over the world. Jeff Yalden is one of the very few youth speakers that brings it every where he goes. He’s real. He rubs people wrong when they don’t give him his space to be himself. But, in the end after you hear him and see the teens response, you just sit back and say, “I shouldn’t have tried to change him or tell him how to do his job.” Jeff has been a teen motivational speaker for 20 years all over the world. Any audience, any group, any place . . . Jeff will size up his audience and without hesitation own the moment he is with them. Ultimately, giving them everything they needed to hear and never will they forget their new friend . . . Youth Motivational Speaker, MTV MADE Teen Life Coach, and Teen Author – Jeff Yalden.
If you are interested in Jeff Yalden speaking at your youth conference, high school or middle school assembly, contact Jeff today by visiting his website www.JeffYalden.com.