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Let Me Energize Your Next Meeting or Event

miss-south-carolina your next meetingI’d like to think that through my humorous storytelling, enriching life lessons, and uplifting songs (which also happen to be on Sirius XM Radio), that I’m able to help people. I can energize your next meeting! We all need to laugh, after all. It’s the stuff of life! All of my presentations are based upon my journey from the farm to the runway of the Miss America Pageant and beyond. My sense of humor helped me to overcome meeting new people, being labeled Dyslexic, and plenty of other things…eventually leading me to success. Most recently, I was nominated into the Speaker Hall of Fame!

My most popular presentations include:

  • Find the Funny in Dysfunction
  • Bare Feet to High Heels and the Flip-Flops in Between
  • Don’t Throw Tomatoes at My Field of Dreams!
  • Bury Me with My Pearls
  • What Ta-Tas Teach Us

Posted in inspiration, perspective, Southern Humor, Speaking engagement, youth advice by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Future Farmers of America- Amazing Leaders

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This past week I was honored to recapture my unforgettable experience of speaking for the National Future Farmers of America last October in Louisville, KY.  I spoke for South Carolina FFA and Alabama FFA entitling my speech, “Don’t Throw Tomatoes at my Field of Dreams.”  As always, these young people are set apart from the stereo-type of modern day youth.

I started my speech by saying that they are coined “Millennials” and I had both good news and bad news about their generation.

“There are 80 million of you and you are called Millennials.  Most of you were born between 1980 and the year 2000.Time magazine published a story in May of 2013 titled “The Me Me Me Generation,” it begins: “They’re narcissistic. They’re lazy. They’re coddled. They’re even a bit delusional. Those aren’t just unfounded negative stereotypes; they’re backed up by a decade of sociological research. ” Here is the good news.  Here are a few exceptions to this research; small town kids, children reared on a farm and immigrants.”

Posted in youth, youth advice by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Advice for Youth from “Diamond” Lillian Hughes

FFA Keynote Speakers “What advice for youth would you share?”  I posted this question on Facebook last week.  The answer is important to me since I am the closing speaking for Future Farmers of America October 31 LIVE on Rural 345 Direct TV. @NationalFFA My answer came the following day when I sat in First Baptist Church in Johnston, South Carolina at Lillian “Diamond” Hughes’ Celebration of Life Service. Yes, it was as genuine and sparkling as a pure-cut diamond…just like Lillian.  Her son, Bill shared great advice for youth from his mother, Lillian Hughes or as we called her, “Diamond Lil.”

“My mother taught me three things:  communicate with people in a manner that they can understand. She also taught me patience.” “Lastly,” Bill continued, “my mother taught me to have respect for others.”

Posted in wisdom, youth, youth advice by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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