MEET JUAN. THE SPEAKER THAT USED TO BE TERRIFIED OF SPEAKING.
YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. I USED TO BE SCARED OF SPEAKING. I WAS SHY, AWKWARD, AND HAD NO SELF-CONFIDENCE.
HI THERE! JUAN HERE. THIS IS MY STORY.
I was the student in school that wanted to get involved, put himself out there, and make an impact. Only problem? I didn’t know how. On top of that, I didn’t believe he could.
I was the kid that could never stick to anything. This tore away at my confidence. I turned to toxic vehicles to hide- I turned to food.I got to the point where I was 65lbs overweight, depressed, suicidal and felt like there was no getting better. I desperately wanted to find a way to finally believe in myself. But no matter what I did, I kept falling back into destructive habits that made me feel more and more like a failure. It was paralyzing.
In 2014, I hit a point where he had enough. I remember looking in the mirror and was fed up with what I saw. I highly considered ending my life. But I knew I could change. I realized that I was the only person capable of changing my life. And it was going to take changing the things I did every single day and finding the right mentors.
I surrounded myself with positive role models that showed me that I had the power to make the decisions that would ultimately change my life. Within 6 months, I lost the 65lbs, transformed my mindset and more importantly, I was finally happy with the person that I had become.
Fast forward to today, I have now dedicated my life to being that positive role model for students. Students need a voice that they can relate to. They need someone that has been there. Someone that speaks from experience. My ability to influence and inspire students solely rests on the fact that I’ve been where they are.
I had positive role models that completely changed my life for the better and I am grateful I get to be that for students today.
WHAT IS THE GOAL HERE? (MY WHY)
The goal? To help students be more engaged, overcome challenges and achieve their goals through Leadership, motivation & resilience.
Why am I a youth speaker? I do it for the 15 year old with no confidence. I do it for the 16 year old that thinks they are out of options and just wants to give up. I do it for the 18 year old that has no idea what they want to do with their life. When I was in school, I heard a speaker deliver a message I had heard 100’s of times from my parents and teachers. But I never really internalized it until I heard it from them. I was different from that day forward. I believed in myself. I had more confidence. I was happier. After having that experience, I knew I wanted to be that person for other students. I’ve spent the last 5 years of my life dedicated to being that person. That person that says ‘I believe in you’. That person that inspires students to be themselves, to lean into challenges, and to move towards fear and achieve their goals.
The real reason why I do it? My ACTUAL WHY is this:
THE 'I'M A PROFESSIONAL' BIO
Juan Bendana is a renowned youth speaker, author, and DJ who speaks on high school & University campuses as well as conferences internationally. He speaks to 50,000+ students, educators, and parents across Canada & the United States every year.
He is the Founder of The 100 Day Playbook, a guided Journal that helps students build better habits, boost productivity, & optimize their life.
He has built leadership programs for schools & organizations such as Texas State University, Penn State University, University of Toronto, Sony Pictures and the Siegfried Group.
Through his message of Engagement & Action, Juan creates an environment that makes both students and staff feel inspired, influential, and engaged. Juan gets students excited about engaging with their schools & communities.
He uses storytelling, humour & LIVE DJing to highlight a message of Engagement, Leadership, & Decision Making that resonates with every audience member.
Every year, Juan Keynotes annual conferences, orientation events, & student assemblies that bring him to over 50 cities across Canada & the United States.
Juan brings a new energy to school campus’ and conferences. His message has a lasting impact that sticks with students far beyond the speech.
He is a former snowboard instructor, sushi expert, and can recite every word of the Lion King.
LIFE OFF STAGE
I cap my speaking events at 40-50 a year. Why? Because I don’t want to focus so much time on building a career that I forget to live a life. I have passions outside of speaking that I make time for so that I can continue to walk the walk. I can’t just talk about ‘living boldly’ or ‘leaning into challenges’ without doing it myself.
Whether it’s jumping off of a cliff on a snowboard, diving with sharks, climbing an active volcano, travelling to a new place, trying a new fitness challenge or just playing frisbee in the park with friends, getting the most out of life is so important to me. It is an integral part of every message I share on stage. It allows me to have new, exciting, terrifying experience that I can then share with the audience. As I push myself, I am learning new ways to help others do the same.
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