Jeff Yalden | Life Coach from MTV's 'MADE' and North America’s #1 Youth Motivational Speaker

Jeff Yalden

Life Coach from MTV's 'MADE' and North America’s #1 Youth Motivational Speaker

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Jeff Yalden

Jeff Yalden overcame incredible odds to become the man he is today. As a teenager, he lost interest in life, in school, in himself. He took the SATs twice and received very low scores. Worse, Jeff suffered from a stutter, a facial tic, bad acne, and a learning disability. His self-esteem in the gutter, Jeff graduated high school 128th in a class of 133.

Although he was accepted by 3 of the 19 colleges to which he applied, Jeff's sense of inadequacy was so overpowering, he was afraid to attend. A turning point came one month after high school, when Jeff won the title of "Mr. New Hampshire Male America" and later Male America's "Mr. Personality." Further progress came when Jeff, answering the call of his country, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Learning the virtues of self-reliance and teamwork, Jeff became a two-time "Marine of the Year" and played for the All-Marine-Corps basketball team.

Unfortunately, a failed relationship sent Jeff spiraling back to his old ways, and soon he found himself hospitalized with depression and suicidal tendencies. Upon being honorably discharged from the Marines, Jeff was left to face the $64,000 question: "Who am I, and what do I want out of life?" Jeff realized that his destiny was in his own hands. He could either sulk and feel sorry himself as he had done in the past, or he could make a new decision. He could reach within and make powerful, life-transforming choices. Something clicked. And the healing began.

Today, Jeff draws on the grace of that darkest hour to help today's youth transform their own lives. Jeff believes that success comes down to our worldview, and our relationships with others. He believes that success in life - fulfillment and service - depends on the attitude we take from the moment we step out of bed.

"People treat us how we train them to treat us," says Jeff. "When we unleash the best that is inside us, the world always mirrors it back. The goal is to radiate love and kindness at the same time we radiate our own self-respect." Jeff is living proof of these miracles in transformation.

He has become the most in-demand youth motivational speaker in North America, having captured the imagination of nearly 4,000 teen audiences around the world. Jeff earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation in 2002. The highest designation by the National Speakers Association and a distinction earned by fewer than 10% of all speakers.

Jeff routinely presents for SADD, FBLA, FFA, STUCO, FCCLA, FHA, The National PRIDE World Drug-Free Conference, National Speakers Association, National Student Council, and many more. Along with his youth programs for high school and middle school assemblies, youth leadership conferences, and many different teen events, Jeff also speaks to teachers, parents, and adult audiences.

Jeff appears routinely in print, a subject for newspapers and magazines across the country. He is the author of They Call Me Coach, Keep It Simple, 20 Ways To Keep It Simple, and Traits of a Leader. Jeff coauthored Lead Now or Step Aside and contributed to The New York Times bestseller, A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Jeff has addressed audiences in all 50 states, 48 countries, and every Province in Canada. He's addressed thousands of assemblies in middle schools, high schools, and usually keynotes major teen leadership/youth conferences, colleges and universities. Seventy million viewers know him as "Life Coach" on MTV's longest-running reality show, MADE.

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Jeff’s Areas of Expertise

Jeff is a professional teen communicator and understands teens and their behaviors. Jeff’s popular message, ‘About Life’ is tailored to meet your program needs, whether it be about testing, violence, bullying, drugs and alcohol, respect, responsibilities, or attitude and choices. Jeff will ask you to fill out a pre-program questionnaire to understand the objectives and theme of your event, so that he can tailor his message to meet your needs. The most popular topics include:

Teen Motivation
School Standardized Testing
Anxiety and Depression
Teen Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, Texting, Sexting, and Social Media
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Families, Friends, and thy Self
Self-Esteem and Self-Respect
Violence and Gangs

Igniting Positive Change

Jeff includes these topics in his message:

Character & Integrity
Living with Authenticity
Values, Morals, and Self-Respect
Self-Esteem & Personal Power
Responsibility & Obligations
Relationships – Family & Friends
Respect for yourself and others
Learning from our mistakes
Choosing friends wisely
Overcoming adversity
Making positive choices
How the choices teens make today will impact their future
Changing how we think, how we feel, and how we act
Not letting our past determine our future
Our success in life requires positive choices and taking action towards our goals
There is life after high school.
The importance of attitude and how it affects our life
Attitude, Gratitude, and Acceptance
Don’t give people the power over your emotions.
We Never Have Time To Do Things Right, but We Always Have Time To Do Things Over . . .
Happiness is HOW you live your LIFE.
Have the Courage to Dance like nobody watches, Sing like nobody listens, and to live like nobody lives.
LOVE of Family and Friends
It Will Be OK . . . It will ALWAYS be OK!

Teacher In-Service

Tired of the same boring speakers that try and teach your teachers how to do their job? Your staff complains about a presenter reading off the very notes, in which they gave them in the handout. Are you ready for a speaker that validates and inspires them to teach for the very reason they chose to become a teacher in the first place?

Stop the insanity with hiring speakers and presenters that don’t understand the stresses of every day work inspiring, motivating, teaching, influencing, and encouraging the students they see every day.

Jeff Yalden doesn’t use handouts, flip chart, nor does he use an overhead projector. Rather, through stories that touch the heart, Jeff encourages teachers and staff members that if you Toughen the Heart . . . the Mind will Follow.

Teaching today is demanding and tough. The challenges of standardized tests and less and less classroom time puts stresses on teachers to complete their lessons plans. Jeff encourages your staff to remember “WHY”, they became teachers and inspires them to keep their eye on what is most important – Teaching Young People!

This message can be tailored to meet your theme and objectives. Whether you book an hour, a half-day, or a full day, Jeff gives everything he has to teacher in-services. He educates the educators, empowering them to get – and give – the most in their important roles.

Jeff Yalden recharges the batteries of educators and gives them a renewed conviction in their own calling.

Jeff’s in-service program allows teachers to laugh and have fun and stop thinking about homework for a while. He has been known to single-handedly restore the morale of a school.

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