Teens from sixteen countries come together to here Keynote Speaker Jeff Yalden share his message “About Life.” The AG-SIM International Youth Summit in Singapore, Singapore invited North America’s #1 Teen and Youth Motivational Speaker, Jeff Yalden to be their keynote speaker.
On July 19, 2012 – 30 hours in total travel, Jeff Yalden arrived the hot and humid country of Singapore and was preparing to engage a whole different culture. You might ask yourself, “Did the client know who Jeff was when they invited him over to speak?” Well, that became an issue days before Jeff was set to travel and Jeff was prepared to cancel, but all worked out well. The client had written Jeff and asked that he take out his earrings, he cover his tattoos, and he be very careful about their conservative culture. Jeff had no problem with respecting the culture, but didn’t accept that they wanted him to change his appearance to speak to their teens and felt he needed to cancel. After a brief conversation with the clients, Jeff was happy that they agreed understanding that you can’t ask a speaker to change who he is and still be authentic on stage while trying to speak to teens. Jeff Yalden is a man that doesn’t change for anyone. He speaks to teens the way he wishes someone had spoken to him while he was growing up.
By time Jeff was to speak they were already 45 minutes over schedule. They wanted Jeff to cut his talk. They had five speakers scheduled and all five speakers had their time. Jeff wasn’t about to cut his talk short because they went over schedule and Jeff told them that he would need at least an hour. Jeff spoke for an hour and the 800 students, making up sixteen countries in Asia, sat their silently and attentive. 800 Asian teens embraced each and every word, each and every story, Jeff connected with the students in a way that no speaker that day connected.
As Jeff sat through each speaker he watched the audience drift away, sleep, check their phones, and seemingly became disengaged. When Jeff spoke, he immediately told them he would speak differently and longer than any other speaker. He stood them up, gave them a quick stretch, had them clap twice if they heard him (attention grabber) and asked them to sit as he told them he’d rock this place! They applauded . . . Jeff was on his way to creating a relationship and mesmerizing the audience as he does every time he speaks.
An hour went by and Jeff noticed the clients get antsy as time was slipping by and time wasn’t being made up. Jeff wasn’t going to compromise not only how he looks, but he wasn’t about to compromise “The Message” either. He says, “I don’t leave my home, family, friends, and my life, to travel 30 hours to and 30 hours back home to give a half ass presentation.” Jeff guarantees that every time and every where he speaks, Jeff is authentic and passionate, giving every client the “Jeff Yalden Experience.”
After he spoke, 800 kids applauded as they heard an American bring a motivational message to teens that they haven’t heard before. Jeff was a hit.
Then after the conference, there was a line of teens wanting to shake his hand, take a picture with Jeff, buy a “Take Time To Think” bracelet and ask if they could have a hug. Of course, Jeff gave them their hugs and appreciated the photo opportunities with these awesome teens.
Jeff closed the day thinking, “Wow! I got to speak in Asia to some awesome teenagers and awesome people!”
With the miss communication from the client, being over on time with the schedule, and the long day after a long travel, Jeff says, “The people ROCK. Hospitable, nice, and very friendly . . . Great people! I am honored to be a part of their culture and conference.”
For more information about Youth Motivational Speaker Jeff Yalden for your next high school assembly, teen leadership conference, or teen event, contact Jeff at www.JeffYalden.com. Jeff is the one speaker that will mesmerize your audience like no speaker has ever done. He guarantees he will be your top youth speaker.