The Inspiration of Jake French
Jake French is a dynamic young speaker who is a living example of what is possible. Audiences are immediately engaged by his “to the point” examples and leave with a new set of tools to make a positive difference in their life. Jake abused alcohol, became a victim of bullying, and now spends every day in a wheelchair. He has a deep passion to show middle/high school and college students how a one second decision can change every second for the rest of your life. On the business side, whether on a huge stage at a conference or in your meeting room, Jake can make an enormous impact and practically remove the words “can’t do” from the audience’s vocabulary.
In 2008 Jake was on top of the world as a new college graduate and working as a forester in Oregon when a devastating accident happened. In an instant life was turned upside down after a spinal cord injury left him a quadriplegic. The awful thought of a stereotypical life in a wheelchair seemed like giving up. Life happened, and instantly he was thrown into a pity pit so deep there seemed to be no way out. It took a life-altering event for Jake to realize the importance of focus, attitude, and choice.
Today, he is a well-known, sought-after inspirational speaker and author of “Life Happens. Live It!” Jake is a 26-year-old who travels the country with a new dream. He says, “People learn through experience and emotions. Three years ago my disability was a crushing anchor in my life. I love to take audience members on the roller coaster ride of emotions it takes to succeed over the enormous hurdles in my life, hoping I can inspire them to overcome their own personal negative anchors.” Jake’s wheelchair will seem to disappear as the participants come to realize it is not a limitation for him. In fact, nothing is a limitation for Jake. Even with a serious topic, Jake’s humor and vulnerability will endear audiences to him and create a lasting inspirational experience.