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1/22/2013 12:01:00 PM
Youth motivational speaker to visit Williams High School
Jeff Yalden to speak to high school and middle school students Thursday
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Youth motivational speaker Jeff Yalden is bringing his irreverent charm, personal life experiences, and captivating message directly to Williams teens on Thursday at the Williams High School (WHS) auditorium.

An assembly like no student has ever seen before will begin at 9 a.m. and feature Yalden speaking to students from grades 6-12.

WHS Principal Tristan Heisley said middle school students have been invited to join the high school students and be a part of their group for the 60-90 minute 'experience,' as Yalden describes it on his website.

"This guy is going to captivate these kids, you can tell, it's going to be awesome," said Heisley. "I'm really excited for the opportunity for the kids because I think they're going to eat up every word he has to say. His message and how he conveys it to the kids is pretty powerful."

Driven to help teens across the globe, Yalden is a high energy, "tell it like it is" youth speaker. A dynamic and entertaining youth speaker for high school and middle school assemblies, he has a gift for connecting with teens.

Yalden has become the most in-demand youth speaker in America, having captured the attention of more than 4,000 teen audiences around the world. As a youth motivational speaker, Yalden has addressed audiences in all 50 states, 48 countries and every province in Canada.

"He has a good personality and that look and attitude that the kids are just going to gravitate towards," Heisley said. "He'll do a pullout with the student council after the assembly, like a lunch. Then at 6 p.m. there will be a parent assembly in the auditorium for the community."

In addition to presenting to hundreds of thousands of teens annually in middle schools, high schools, leadership and youth conferences, colleges and universities, Yalden also speaks to teachers, adults and parents.

More than 70 million viewers also know him as the "Life Coach" on MTV's longest-running reality show, MADE.

"He's been all over the world," said Heisley. "He's going to talk to the kids about their choices in life and how to make the most of them. Personal responsibility and making good choices is kind of his message."

According to his website, Yalden's high school assemblies focus on one's attitude and their choices in every day life. He takes his audiences on an emotional roller coaster of tears and laughter, ultimately leaving them standing on their feet applauding, as they self-reflect on their own lives.

His message encompasses accountability, personal responsibility, choices, character, acceptance, selflessness, and can be tailored to almost any theme with advance notice.

Yalden gets personal about his own life; his challenges with his sense of self-worth, failing at relationships, becoming a teen father, and ultimately how he overcame his challenges and obstacles to make him the man he is today.

Yalden earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation in 2002, the highest designation by the National Speakers Association and a distinction earned by less than 10 percent of all speakers. Yalden also appears regularly 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."

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