JJ's speaking career began during his rookie year in the NFL. He has spoken in front of all types of audiences, from children to adults in the sporting and business world. His ability to tailor his message will benefit all types of listeners.
A natural born speaker, JJ can touch the hearts of his audience. He not only motivates but also moves audiences to action by offering sensible and successful ways to perform at the highest level. He's passionate about helping others seize their opportunities in life. He incorporates the perfect balance of an original presentation mixed with real life experiences of a husband, father, entrepreneur, best- selling author and professional athlete. In any given presentation, he could be sharing lessons from experiences through being bussed outside
his neighborhood to segregated schools in an upper-class suburb area. Young ones need to know they have the ability to make the impossible, POSSIBLE! Unexpectedly adding his sister's five children to their family, the doubts that circulated as a small man (5'10 and 157 lbs) entering a big man's game (the NFL) or perhaps lessons he learned from the greatest quarterback to play the game: Joe Montana.
“You Must Seize the Opportunity” focuses on the student and what they must do for success. While sharing life lessons, former NFL player JJ Birden emphasizes the importance of students having a champion’s mindset to be a high performer, as well as being methodical and precise in their work habits. JJ says, “Success is not going to be given to you, you have to go get it!"
With the release of his new best-selling book When Opportunity Knocks 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage, JJ is quickly becoming known as America’s #1 Opportunity Trainer and would be the perfect speaker for grades K - 12 and Colleges.
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It is with highest regard that I recommend JJ Birden as a guest speaker for your special event. Mr. Birden was invited to be a part of our parent meeting this past spring and spoke to a large group of our parents and athletes. He is an outstanding person of character and presents himself with confidence and humility. Mr. Birden was engaging and well-spoken. Because of his speaking skills and personal story, our parents and student athletes were attentive during all of his presentation. Afterwards, he was approached by many who wanted to compliment him for his honesty and achievements.
In fact, because of his touching personal story, we have invited him back to be a part of our fall sports parent meeting where he will meet many more of our students and their families. Mr. Birden is second to none in his abilities to connect with his audience and we look forward to another awesome event with him in August.
Lee's Summit West High School
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for agreeing to come and present to our student athletes at Lee’s Summit North High School. One of our department goals is to strive for excellence focusing on character and leadership development, preparing student athletes with essential skills to succeed in life. Your presentation on When Opportunity Knocks 8 Surefire Ways to Take Advantage was a perfect way to assist with this goal.
Your presentation was well received by many of our student athletes. We took some informal surveys after the event and many kids commented that it was well done. They particularly liked how you talked to them on their level. Sometimes when speakers come in to present, they forget about the target audience. Your presentation was tailored for our student-athletes. They also thought many of your ideas were practical and could be implemented in their day to day lives.
I particularly liked the presentation because it reinforced a lot of what we are focusing on as an athletic department. We have discussed many of the ideas that you presented like the value of hard work, leadership, focusing on what you can control, mentoring, etc. that you covered in your presentation. Sometimes it takes a different voice to be heard, and I believe with your real life experiences and instant credibility, the students listened to what you were saying.
Routinely, I attempt to educate and challenge our student-athletes. I have brought in guest speakers in an attempt to assist with this. You were exactly what I was looking for and exactly what was needed to kick off the spring season. Your professionalism and friendly demeanor were appreciated. I appreciated your flexibility to work with our schedule. Thanks again for the excellent presentation.
Mike McGurk, CMAA
Assistant Principal/Activities Director
Lee’s Summit North HS
As the President of University of Oregon Alumni San Diego Chapter, I had the pleasure of hiring JJ Birden to speak at the 13th annual Taste of Oregon event May 7, 2016. The event raises scholarship money for disadvantaged freshman that will be attending the University of Oregon. Never in all the prior 12 Tastes of Oregon had I witnessed any speaker hold the audience with such rapt attention as JJ did. Even though the event was out doors, you could hear a pin drop. He combined his remarkable life story with real-world teachings that inspired and motivated all 87 in attendance. It was a remarkable evening. I recommend anyone considering a guest speaker for any size event to hire JJ Birden.
Mark W. Ouellette
President, University of Oregon Alumni San Diego Chapter
VP of Mortgage Lending
In May, Burford District Elementary School had the privilege of having J.J. Birden come to our school and speak to our Middle Graders before they participated in their Standardized Testing. J.J. brought a very personal and encouraging message of hard work and perseverance that really connected with the students and adults alike. He shared his journey from the conception of his NFL playing dream through to its fulfillment in a way that inspired all who listened. His small stature was only one of the many obstacles that stood between him and the realization of his dream but as he shared how he tackled each obstruction through hard work, determination and perseverance I could observe faces lighting up all over the room. J.J. is a great motivational speaker who inspires success in his audience, and his journey from unlikely contender to catching touchdown passes from the likes of Joe Montana is truly awe inspiring.
Burford District Elementary School
Grade 5-6 Teacher
His life story and how he overcame such obstacles to be one of the top athletes in football was inspiring and a great example of perseverance. I believe his message is something every person young or old needs to hear. He truly motivated me to confront the giants of life and be fearless.
Academia Del Pueblo
We couldn't have asked for a better motivator for our End of Season Celebration. JJ truly inspired the kids in the Arizona RISE Sports leagues with the story of his journey and lessons he learned. Sometimes it takes listening to someone who's actually made it to the professional level for kids to truly understand. I would absolutely recommend bringing JJ to any speaking engagement that you are hosting. He brings motivation, inspiration, and encouragement!
Founder/CEO Arizona RISE Sports Leagues
I had the privilege of coaching high school track with JJ when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. He volunteered his time and was a great coach and an inspiration to the team.
Now that I am the head track coach, we invited JJ come and speak to all of our school athletes. He held a captive audience by sharing stories of overcoming obstacles, never giving up, and giving it your all.
Having high school athletes listen to a former NFL football player is a great way to motivate your athletes. His message applies to all sports and life in general.
Lee’s Summit High School Biology Teacher
"In teaching and coaching for more than thirty years, I worked with thousands of students and athletes. Of all of them, JJ Birdens' story is the one that most needs to be told. He was an inspiration to me when he was a young man, and he is even more so now.
If a person could be assured that every classroom or athletic team would be full of JJ Birden type kids, everyone would want to a be a teacher or coach!"
Lakeridge High School Track Coach
"Poise, pride, patience and perseverance. A few come by those naturally, while others only strive, and most never succeed. The 15-year-old JJ Birden that walked into my classroom was already hard at work building those character traits. He was and is a natural leader and teacher who inspires those around him. Both personally and professionally, having the right tools and knowing how to implement them at the key moment makes all the difference."
Lakeridge High School Teacher
"I was JJ's track and football coach at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I have known JJ for over twenty years and I consider him one of finest men on Earth. He is honest, kind, caring, and generous. It has been a pleasure to follow his life from being a great high school student athlete, a two sport college superstar, a professional athlete, a super father and family man, and a successful business man. I would recommend JJ for any endeavor and I am blessed to know him."
David L. Shultz
Blanchet Catholic School Teacher and Coach
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