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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 outdoors, 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
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
We had JJ Birden as one of our featured speakers at the Six Figure Mind Shift Entrepreneur Summit for real estate agents. He was absolutely amazing and stole the show. He was articulate, inspirational, entertaining and thought provoking from the stage. Our attendees were blown away as JJ became a crowd favorite.
JJ is a “must” for your next corporate event – no matter the audience type. We have already invited him back. Do yourself a favor and book JJ now!
Michael P. Weinstein, MBA
JJ Birden is one of the best speakers we have had at our monthly events at Colorado Springs eWomenNetwork. He was clear, concise, professional, polished, and very relatable.
His stories from the NFL are funny and poignant, and he does a great job at making all of them relevant to business and reaching goals. His talk on leadership was succinct, and easy to follow. There were so many takeaways from his talk, and my entire chapter rated him more highly than most speakers we bring in. If I have the chance, I’ll have him return to Colorado Springs to deliver another talk .
Julie Miller Davis
Managing Director, eWomenNetwork Colorado Springs, CO
Earlier this month our office had the pleasure of hosting JJ Birden for a lunch presentation. His message was impactful, direct, and relative to all of our employees. He weaves stories from his athletic life and blends it with his business acumen to deliver a presentation that is consumable and enjoyable to a wide audience of people. In addition, he and his wife are kind and responsive individuals.
So if you have a group of employees, students, athletes (really his message can work for any group) I would highly recommend JJ to speak at your next event.
Thank you so much for speaking to our office earlier this year. You were highly motivational and communicated with our financial advisors in a way that they connected with. Your humanity, compassion, and enthusiasm really come through in your presentation and it’s clearly one of the best I’ve seen. I was at a dinner party Saturday night and 2 people were talking about your presentation, even though it was several months ago. Thank you so much for the positive impact you’ve had on our people!
Kent W. Baker
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
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
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
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
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
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