Student Presentations Overview

Jerry speaks to these audiences:

  • High schools
  • Middle schools
  • Elementary schools
  • Colleges
  • Student conferences

Jerry speaks to these audiences:

  • Student leadership conferences/con ventions
  • School assemblies
  • Graduation/commencement
  • Parent seminars

“Man, you were amazing at the SkillsUSA Georgia competition. By far the best motivational speakers they’ve ever had. Truly, it was perfection.”

Jonathan Strickland, Atlanta, GA

Keynote Presentations

Dude. Be Nice. / Social Media, adapted for K-12

Use of social media is HUGE with every student today. Jerry’s interactive keynote touches on the following concepts:

  • Social media do’s and don’t’s.
  • What you do online matters.
  • How to handle conflict without using social media.
  • Proper ways to deal with things you see/hear online.
  • What it means to have digital citizenship and respect for others.
  • Latest social media apps: Pros and cons.
  • How to handle communication online.

5 Things Every Teenager Needs to Hear / Leadership 9-12

This is the presentation that will bring the house down. For high school and some middle school audiences, this presentation focuses on things students know are true, but we don’t talk about them. Jerry exposes myths of social media and student drama issues in a fun, direct, and tactful way. Some of the quotes directly from this message include:

  • “The number of times you say, ‘I hate drama’, is a pretty good indication of how much you love it.”
  • “The shallowness of what you do or say to attract atten tion will be equal to the shallowness of the person at tracted to it.”

“You were absolutely fantastic! You knew your audience so well, my entire senior class was beaming when they left your talk today. No one had a bad thing to say, you entertained us and made us feel worthwhile, while simultaneously sending a message. Magic!”

Dorian, Illinois, Prairie Ridge HS

Workshop Presentations

Elvis Evolution

From the moment the first game takes place, students understand. The question is ‘What are you doing with your leadership?’ and the game says it all. This workshop is activity-filled explorations of who students are and what they are becoming. A snapshot look includes:

  • The Numbers Game – realizing that EVERYONE matters
  • Elvis Evolution – understanding HOW you lead
  • The Riddle Game – who leads, who follows, and who loses

5 Things Every Teenager Needs to Hear / Leadership 9-12

This is the presentation that will bring the house down. For high school and some middle school audiences, this presentation focuses on things students know are true, but we don’t talk about them. Jerry exposes myths of social media and student drama issues in a fun, direct, and tactful way. Some of the quotes directly from this message include:

  • “The number of times you say, ‘I hate drama’, is a pretty good indication of how much you love it.”
  • “The shallowness of what you do or say to attract atten tion will be equal to the shallowness of the person at tracted to it.”

“I was at the DECA conference last night. You caught me at just the right moment in my life. You were used last night to speak to me as well as many other students in that room. I hope that you are used to reach thousands more.”

Allison Brenner, DECA advisor

Parent Presentations

Parenting the Snapchat Generation

Would you like the parents of your students to understand what is taking place in student-life?

Jerry Ackerman provides a stunning and practical workshop that focuses on key needs for parents including:

  • The Three Reasons that Student Issues are Worse Today Than Ever
  • How to Get to the Heart of Your Child
  • 6 Ways to Respond to the Question, ‘Why?’
  • A Current Look at the State of Technology in a Student’s Life
  • Rules You Should Have for Technology with Your Child
  • Apps You Need to Know About!
  • How Parents Can Be Armed to Help the Onslaught of Technology
  • 3 Things Parents Need to Do to Set the Example
  • 3 Things Parents Should Be Modeling for Their Children

“He’s inspirational. He’s funny and he’s practical. I’ve seen him twice. He’s just plain awesome!”

Alysha, Arlington, TX

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