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Choose Your Battles Wisely

Learn Verbal Defense, Situational Awareness, and Strategic Decision-Making

Attending college is exciting, but it can also be stressful and isolating for new students out on their own for the first time. This one-hour session for incoming freshmen will teach essential skills for a successful college experience.

Students will learn to effectively communicate and de-escalate conflicts, stay alert to their surroundings, make informed decisions, resolve disputes calmly, and assess risks wisely.

These habits will help students thrive socially, emotionally, financially, physically, and academically throughout their college journey.

John Graden is a world-renowned speaker and trainer.

Who is this guy?

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Well known as the martial arts Teacher of Teacher’s, John Graden’s renegade leadership style helped him to lead the martial arts school business into the modern age.

He is ready to teach that style of leadership to your organization, team, or you one-on-one!

Click to see his programs.

  • If you're lucky enough to get the chance to secure John Graden as a speaker, DO IT! He brings a unique perspective and skill set that will impact your... read more

    Dr. Judy Flury Avatar Dr. Judy Flury
    April 8, 2024

    John does a terrific job of providing a myriad of examples to support his insights and principals into making the most impactful and effective presentations. The examples provide a... read more

    Don Anderson Avatar Don Anderson
    April 8, 2024

    One of the best I have been to. Great speaker and motivator!

    Gary Tweten Avatar Gary Tweten
    April 6, 2024
  • I’ve known John Graden for many years. He was the first in my industry to help others develop and deliver a great experience. His knowledge for people and business ideas... read more

    MrGonosen Avatar MrGonosen
    April 6, 2024

    John Graden's years of martial arts experience allows him to cut-through the confusion and focus on saving lives...yours. He trained my team on self-defense and active-shooter safety and... read more

    Bill Cronin Avatar Bill Cronin
    April 6, 2024

    John is a really kind and great man. Knows so much about business and is always keeping up with what is going on now to make sure that he is... read more

    Payton Donnell Avatar Payton Donnell
    April 6, 2024
  • Wow! I've been to a lot of seminars but I can't remember one better than this John Graden seminar. The way he incorporates stories and strategies from his champion martial... read more

    Rick Bell Avatar Rick Bell
    April 6, 2024

    John Graden was one of our highest rated speakers at the national conference. Our team was both impressed and eager for more. The content was relevant, actionable and delivered... read more

    John Nottingham Avatar John Nottingham
    April 6, 2024

    John Graden is one of the most knowledgable self defense instructors in America. John’s insights wisdom and practical advice is second to none.

    Don Warrener Avatar Don Warrener
    April 6, 2024
  • John Gradens Presentations are very educational and rather than a PowerPoint he has ann interactive workshop! I would recommend him to anyone!

    Ashlee Underdown Avatar Ashlee Underdown
    April 6, 2024

    One idea. That was all it took. Just one idea. I learned a method for crafting an after-school program at a local private school. It seemed silly to me... but... read more

    Scot Conway Avatar Scot Conway
    April 5, 2024

    Great instruction

    Turner Arbour Avatar Turner Arbour
    April 9, 2022

Past Clients

John Graden teaches public speaking skills training for Pasco County convention

Teaching Public Speaking Skills at 2024 Grow Pasco Convention.

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NAPMA Convention Keynote Speech in Orlando, FL.

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Teaching Safe Student Seminar to University of South Florida Sorority.

“John is a fantastic speaker, and his session is NOT your typical boring PowerPoint. Highly recommend him for any size organization.”

-Dan Mitchell, Pasco Economic Development Council

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Public Speaking and Self-Defense Programs

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Student Safety & Self-Defense Classes

The Safe Student Project combines strategic decision-making with self-defense skills to stay safe.

Students will develop a ‘Mental Fight Plan’ to increase awareness and control of their own lives.

They will learn how to develop rock-solid confidence through powerful communication skills, heightened mental awareness, and the self-defense skills to stay safe. 

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Verbal Defense

Transform conflict into cooperation with our powerful Verbal Defense Seminar.

This one-of-a-kind workshop provides the tools to gain control of any conversation or confrontation.

Whether you’re facing a challenging coworker, a heated debate, or a potentially volatile situation, our expert-led sessions will equip you with the skills to navigate any conversation with finesse and resilience.

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    Public Speaking Classes

    75% of adults have a fear of public speaking. These exciting public speaking classes will give you the confidence and tools to deliver a knockout presentation and have fun instead of nervous fumbling.

    Presenting with confidence in front of an audience of 1 to 10,000 will have a powerfully positive impact on your life and career. 

    Imagine if you and your team were all on the same page with the same training on delivering powerful presentations. Do you think that might be helpful?

    Fear of public speaking doesn’t have to be a permanent affliction. 

    This fun and interactive workshop offers solutions, activities, and the skills to overcome the anxiety and fear of public speaking.

    Training is available for 1-on-1 or in groups.

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    Active Shooter Response

    Prepare for the unexpected with our life-saving Active Shooter Response Seminar.

    Gain the vital knowledge and skills needed to respond swiftly and effectively during high-stress situations.

    Learn crisis communication, evacuation strategies, and self-defense techniques.

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    Custom Self-Defense Classes

    John Graden offers customizable classes. Whether you seek personal empowerment or organizational safety, we’ve got you covered.

    Benefit from our flexible options and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to protect yourself and others. Take charge of your safety with our personalized self-defense classes.

    Realtor® Self-Defense Classes

    When part of your job description is meeting strangers in an empty property, you MUST be equipped mentally and physically to protect yourself.

    No safety app or dialing 911 is going to help you in the critical first 15 seconds of danger.

    Empower your real estate team with essential safety and self-defense skills.

    This custom workshop offers hands-on training in situational awareness, effective communication, and physical techniques to handle challenging situations confidently. Find Out More…

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