Helping Youth Navigate Long Seasons of Challenge and Setback

Bumps, Bruises, & Setbacks

In this motivational and high-energy presentation, I share the steps to take when trying to survive a difficult season in life and the importance of a good circle of friends, mentors, goal setting, and a positive mental attitude. Sometimes life seems like it just can’t get any worse – and then it does. There are times when setbacks keep coming and the only thing keeping us from giving up is our support system (if we’re lucky enough to have one), our attitude, and whatever strength we can muster.

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During this event, attendees will learn the importance of surrounding yourself with a good circle of friends and how sometimes the decisions we make in a split second of time can change our lives forever. Included in this talk is advice about making smart social media decisions, anti-bullying, and most of all, how to push forward when everything is pushing back.


David is an amazing speaker who really touched a lot of students here at Bartlett High School. His personal journey and the stories he shares helps to motivate students and to realize that everyone has struggles and everyone has pain, but its how they deal with it that matters. He is FULL of passion, power, and enthusiasm.
— Sarah Argentieri, Bartlett High School

Owning Your Attitude and Choosing Your Path


One of the big factors of anyone’s success is their attitude and their ability to take ownership of their actions. During this seminar, I cover how to keep a positive attitude in times of great stress and challenge. I share about how to deal with people who put you down, and what to do when it seems like life is at a turning point – for good or bad.

Attendees will learn about the power of reading positive books, finding good mentors, making smart social media decisions, and setting measurable goals no matter how large or small.

David Pride is without a doubt one of the better speakers I’ve heard present to students in 20 years of education. His approach is engaging, thought provoking, and reflective. He takes students on a walk through his personal journey and openly talks about his struggles and realizations. All of this messaging is done with a sense of humor and purpose. David involves his audience in this journey with his interactive public speaking skills and real life relevant examples. If you’re looking for an amazing speaker with high energy and a great message to motivate your students then you will want to have David Pride at your school.
— Phil Rosetti, Assistant Principal, Windham High School

Former clients (Partial list)

  • Jobs For Maine Grads

  • Troy High School, Pennsylvania

  • Englewood School, Chicago

  • Taholah High, Washington

  • Boys and Girls Club

  • New England College of Optometry

  • Southern Maine Community College

  • Stonehill College, Massachusetts

  • Minneapolis High, Kansas

  • Freeport Middle School, Maine

  • Gray High, Maine

  • Cleaveland School of Science and Medicine

  • University of New England

  • And more...