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March 13, 2017: Michael Chiasson, Youth Motivational Speaker.

Michael Chiasson was introduced by Bev Picard. From his web page Michael's Story at Access 52:

"Inspiring people to see their potential and take a step toward their 'all in moment', this is what Michael Chiasson is all about. As a dedicated public speaker and community leader, Michael exudes an unparalleled passion for encouraging and helping others, on-stage and off. It's more than a job, it's his life's work.

"Michael's journey began from his hometown of Houston, Texas, at the age of 14, when he started traveling around the world developing his unique, energetic and powerful communication style. Through his travels, he eventually landed in Canada in 2000 and earned a degree in leadership and sacred studies. Michael now makes his home in Calgary, with his wife, Melissa, and their two young children, Hannah and Simon.

"In 2009, Michael and his team launched a registered Canadian charity committed to helping people discover their place and conviction. Widely known as a respected communicator, musician and writer, Michael has been able to reach thousands across North America with powerful messages of support and motivation."

Michael became a friend of Rotary when he was asked to speak at RYLA, and continues to support Rotary as much as he can. He speaks to 20,000-30,000 students each year.

This reporter cannot do justice to the very animated, heartfelt and moving presentation that Michael provided, which at times brought me close to tears.

In addition to his own personal experiences and stories of others, he showed an inspiring video about an autistic young man. You can view it on YouTube.

His key points when dealing with young people:

  • Motivation is that which drives us beyond emotion.
  • Everyone desires to be connected.
  • We can't do anything great alone.
  • It's never too late to make decisions count.
  • It's not about you, it's about them.
  • When you have a conversation, listen. Don't offer your opinion until they ask for it.
  • Everybody has a handicap.
  • Every moment is a gift.
  • Sometimes our job is not to fix, just to be.
  • Every day, ask yourself, Whom do I need to love the most who deserves it least? What do we need to start? What do we need to finish?

He shared the top seven things said by kids 13 to 17 years old, messages they'd like their parents to hear:

  1. I love you, but I don't know how to say it.
  2. If I have mental health issues, like anxiety or depression, it's not your fault.
  3. Technology is my world. Explore it with me.
  4. Are you proud of me? I fear disappointing you.
  5. I'm sorry. I regret the things I said.
  6. Stop comparing me.
  7. I'm under pressure. School is hard. I am not my report card grade.

Judy Cochran thanked Michael for his fine presentation, and gave him our world famous Boltman.

  • Michael Chiasson, Judy Cochran and Terry Felton Michael Chiasson, Judy Cochran and Terry Felton
  • reported by Duncan Stanners

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