Student Presentations Overview
Jerry speaks to these audiences:
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:
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:
“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
I Will Defend / Bullying Prevention, adapted for K-12
This FANTASTIC keynote for the I Will Defend bullying initiative, helps focus the 90% of students who are neither the bully or bullied; they are the bystander. Through unique student participation, humorous stories, tangible and practical tools, and energy, Jerry communicates a passionate message about taking the power away from a bully.
Dude. Chill. is a catchphrase that Jerry uses throughout the presentation. And, if you're lucky, the Lawnmower is performed for the audience. PLEASE realize, this is not your typical bullying assembly. This is real, honest, relevant talk for students to take and change their school.
You Don't Really Mean It Unless You Do It / Goal-Setting & Leadership, 6-12
Raise your hand if you know someone who "talks a big talk"? This powerful talk - with audience participation - helps students realize that their intentions are useless - unless there are results from those intentions. This talk challenges students to think about their commitments, their pursuits, the nonchalant talk that can often be just downright lies.
Jerry opens up this tough discussion in a way that truly hits home with students. The problem (and ultimately the solution) is that results are sometimes harsh, but always fair. They are the one thing we can all look at to see if your word really means something.
NOTE: On occasion, Jerry does tailor presentations as needed. Please ask us about this option!
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:
You a Boss?
This workshop will give the tools necessary to transform your students into leaders. This workshop focuses on five critical elements of leadership that are rarely discussed:
Etiquette: Through a "mock meal", Jerry helps students understand how to eat, use utensils, speak or not speak, and MUCH more!
Knowledge: Jerry challenges students to know topics, current events, and more to help leaders become more "interesting"
Presentation Skills: This module focuses on helping students structure and deliver the perfect talk. Skills focus on gestures, voice tone, the "power position", and the incredibly useful H.I.P.O. method. Modified for short workshop increments: Interacting with Powerpoint.
Games: Do your leaders know (without looking up any on Google!) ... challenging and appropriate games? Leaders are able to assimilate a group if/when called upon. Jerry teaches five games to use at any point on the spot!
Introductions: Most students cannot/do not know how to introduce themselves or others that are with them! This is HUGE when becoming a leader and Jerry shows students how to do this!
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:
“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
“He's inspirational. He's funny and he's practical. I've seen him twice. He's just plain awesome!”
Alysha, Arlington, TX
Jerry's Bullying Program
"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