So what do you need to look out for?
1. You'll get those speakers that say they speak about bullying because they were a victim in school. These types of speakers focus on victims only. These presentations leave students wondering if they are a victim too, but do not help them understand what they can do about it. Bullying is a symptom of bad behavior. Victim presenters only focus on 5% or 10% of the behavior going on in your school. Even though thier story may be emotional and uplifting, they're always reactive and never reduce bullying.
2. "I was a bully." Speakers that come and speak about their experience being a bully. What happened to them is a great way to put the bully on a pedestal and give them the attention they're looking for. Remember, the bully is receiving great results from their bad behavior. Bullies will never stop bullying because a stranger came in and talked about their own downfall.
3. Speakers who claim, “I'm an entertainer and I can keep your student’s attention.” While they will probably keep their attention, they do not provide anything of substance. Your students will feel like they got a free period of entertainment, and learn nothing about bullying and how to prevent or stop it.
What makes us different?
Our company is recognized as the top anti-bullying program in North America. We offer complete proactive assemblies that focus on the behavior of the bystanders. Jim is not here as a previous victim or bully. He is a professional speaker and an anti bullying expert who’s presentations look at the whole picture and focus on the community working together to solve this problem. Jim is certified by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Mental Health Academy. He has been speaking about bullying for over 10 years. Our assemblies are age appropriate. We adjust the education we provide based on the grade level of your students. We also offer an extensive follow up program to keep the message going strong throughout the school year. Below are some testimonials and references so you can make a decision that best suits your school’s needs.
Bullying has become such a hot topic that school speakers have jumped on the bully band wagon and promote on their websites that they speak about bullying. However, you must be very careful. Our company has been speaking about bullying in schools for over 10 years.