Meet Youth Motivational Speaker Laymon Hicks
“Get up! Get out! Go get it! You are somebody and never allow anyone to tell you anything differently!” Laymon Hicks fires at his audience. And high school, college and youth audiences around the country leap from their seats, clapping, stomping, feeling the heat.
“Say it with me!” Laymon cries. “I CAN! I WILL! Do my best! Be my best! Give my best! So I can have my best!” and the room explodes in one voice, “I CAN!”
Laymon Hicks is one of the leading Youth Speakers in the country and an on-air motivational expert for the #1 Nationally Syndicated Talk Show, Maury. But more than motivate, he inspires. His story is moving, his words are blazing. But he doesn’t just talk the talk, he talks their language. From his heart to theirs. And then they own it.
Sharing his troubled teen years, surrounded by drama, battled with feelings of abandonment, lured by peer pressure into becoming a bully to his ultimate expulsion from the National Honor Society and descent into depression, Laymon puts it all on the table.
What he calls his “frustrations, flops and faults” are hungrily devoured by his audience. And then digested. For whatever the details, from one degree to another, the pain is universal. They all know it. Now they are hungry for the outcome. The resolution. The road to redemption. And Laymon delivers.
He tells them that the real motivation comes from within. From wanting more. From needing to do better. From believing you deserve better. From “Get up! Get out! Go get it!” From knowing “You Can!” From knowing “You’re the BOMB!”
His own path, from troubled youth to graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average, is the perfect ending his young audiences are waiting for. But, in fact, it’s only the beginning.
Laymon attended Florida State University, attaining both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, was Student Body President, has authored four inspirational books for students, offered keynote addresses and workshops at more than 100 schools and student conferences for over 50,000 young people.
But he doesn’t soft soap the struggle. It’s hard, with lots of setbacks along the way. But his message remains clear. Compelling. “Failure is not fatal!” Laymon promises, his energy and passion pulsing through the room, “If you had the power to try – you have the power to try again! And again! You’ve got to be positive. Because…” But they already know it, “Because I am the BOMB!” His message has become their reality.
He’d be honored to bring it to your students.