Name: Jesse Henry
Birthdate: October 6th
Birthplace: Stoughton, Massachusetts USA
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Eyes: Hazel (Depending on the day)
I’ve been told that we spend our lives as adults trying to solve the same problems we had as kids. What an interesting concept.
So, here were the 2 things I was forced to overcome during my childhood:
—I was born near Boston, Mass – but ended up moving 4 times by the time I was 4. I landed in Florida, where I spent 20+ years. My parents always told me I was easy to bring wherever they went (although, I find that hard to believe). I was always comfortable with the change, and I’ve seen that as a general pattern over my life. But, knowing this makes me realize that change will be a CONSTANT part of my life – for the next 80+ years. That’s not going to CHANGE.
—As an adolescent, all the way up through my teenage years, I had a stutter. If you watched my TEDx Talk – you were able to get a small slice of how life used to be. It was UNCOMFORTABLE.
I spent most of my childhood as a tall, skinny, awkward kid who had a stutter. I’d like to think we all had a rough patch at one point or another.
I mention this during the first part of my TEDx Talk to show people how uncomfortable it was for me to live with on a daily basis.
It served as a cornerstone obstacle in my life that helped develop me into the person I am today.
I’m telling you this because I went from a kid with a stutter – to a young professional who speaks with power, conviction, and congruency. When people tell me that I’m a “natural” up on stage, they are all sadly mistaken.
Most people have a fear of public speaking – but this fear gets amplified with a stammer.
Overcoming an obstacle like this is a process.
We’re talking about a decade + of stage acting and speech therapy.
These are the tools I had as a child to enhance my communication skills.
This obstacle throughout childhood has put me on the lifelong journey to master communication in its many forms.
In high school I was very involved in sports. I participated in 2 sports a season: hockey and cross country in the fall, then volleyabll and track in the spring. Needless to say – I stayed VERY busy.
At the time, cross country was the hardest I had pushed myself both mentally and physically. During peak season, I was running 90 miles + a week – and the results were showing. I realized – you only get out of life what you put into it. Cheating the workout was only cheating myself.
Because I enrolled for school late – I was locked out of the typical freshman electives. This meant I was stuck in a business class. I was forced to join a club called DECA, and this was my first taste of what business was really like.
The organization had different categories with both written tests and role plays. I ended up going to the state competition for all 4 years – and qualified for the international competition twice. In my junior year – my partner and I placed in the top 20 internationally for the “Business Law and Ethics” category. It was the first stepping stone in my professional life.
The high school that helped me become the man I am today is none other than Marjory Stoneman Douglas. On September 14th, 2018 – someone murdered 17 Stoneman Douglas students and staff. The event that has destroyed my hometown has created a national movement. Parkland Florida will be the epicenter of a shift in our political structure.
I wrote the acknowledgment section of my book about Stoneman Douglas. You can find it HERE.
College was an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to start 2 companies AND 2 entrepreneurial organizations while on campus.
A koozie company, and a video production company helped me apply the tactics I was learning in my entrepreneurship and sales classes.
But, getting involved in the Tallahassee entrepreneurial ecosystem was what really made the college experience worth it (for me).
I started the Florida State CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization) chapter. This steamrolled into other projects, both on campus and with the organization nationally. During my senior year, a good friend and I created the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a bureau of student government. This allowed us to lobby for appropriations going toward entrepreneurial initiatives on campus.
The Next Steps
After college, I had NO CLUE what to do. I had preached entrepreneurship as a student – but knew I had to learn the ropes before taking the jump.
Long story short, my TEDx Talk afforded me the opportunity to become a peak performance strategist for Tony Robbins.
It was an incredible experience that I quickly decided wasn’t for me (long term). I was running the same workshop over and over, and as you now know, the lack of change (or growth) was frustrating.
When I left the organization, I looked back at my notes and realized that 2 problems persisted in all my clients.
- Access to capital
- Millennials (and relationships as a whole)
So I set out to solve those 2 problems.
The book I just wrote is called The Millennial Merger – How to Sell Manage Empathize and Communicate in a Multi-Generational Workforce. You can buy it HERE.
Currently – I’m an chief of staff at Intersection Capital and Pitch Anything. I help entrepreneurs raise capital and sell their companies.
If you’re looking for more information on me, and the project’s I’m working on – please check out the following links.