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Robert Hackenson Jr.      

Founder of Dynamic Influences; Professional “Edutaining” Speaker & Trainer

Since 2004 Robert Hackenson Jr. has been traveling across the United States and Canada and around the world speaking and keynoting for schools and colleges, organizations, and companies including: Frito Lay, The Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams), and New York Life. He truly has an exceptional knack for presenting material in a highly interactive and engaging way that delivers important messages to audiences in a brilliant and memorable fashion. Robert believes when it comes to speaking it’s more than just what you say, it’s how you deliver the messages. If the audience is bored the important messages are lost. Robert saw a unique opportunity to masterfully combine his unique skills of magic, hypnosis, and influence with his degrees in business and leadership with his knowledge of psychology, social media, bullying prevention, team building, and more. As a result his audiences remain captivated throughout his presentations while paying attention to the important lessons.

Over the years Robert has partnered with several organizations, creating and delivering presentations on a number of topics to a variety of audiences. He has delivered presentations on: “Bullying Prevention,” “Social Media Dangers & Cyber Safety,” “Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Awareness (Sober Thoughts),” and “Moving Up to New School,” and “Vaping & Marijuana Awareness” to students, teachers and parents at Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, and Colleges.

Robert has been the keynote speaker for New York Life Top Sales Executives, Frito-Lay Facility Managers, Revera Health Care Systems, Yale Dining Staff, and more. These presentations focused on: “Breaking Through Mental Obstacles,” “The Art of Team-building,” and “Unleashing Creativity within Your Team.”

Robert practiced the art of magic throughout his youth and received his certification as a hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. After graduating from Western New England University in three years, Robert went onto get his MBA and Certificate in Advanced Organizational Leadership from Nichols College. After gaining his corporate experience as a sales manager for IdeaLaunch and digital marketing manager at Winbrook, Robert decided to follow his passion to engage, inspire, and educated audiences.

Speech Topics


“Sober Thoughts” (Substance Awareness & Positive Choices)

This is not a “Don’t Do Drugs!” type of presentation. Often students already know the dangers of substance use and abuse, but choose to use anyways. Instead, this presentation focuses on what goes into decision making, the power of perception and influences, and teaches self awareness. This empowering presentation teaches students how to see through these negative influences and stay focused on making the decisions that will build the life you want. Both the Magic and the Messages are tailored audience grade levels.

“Social Media Land Mines” (Social Media Safety & Responsible Posting)

Students are facing new challenges and consequences by not thinking before they post. During this presentation, Robert discusses: social media addiction, digital footprints and what job recruiters are looking for, hateful posting, safety concerns, sexting (when age appropriate), and how in some cases, what they post doesn’t just represent them, but also their school and/or organization or team.

Bullying & Cyber Bullying Prevention – “Let’s Talk Respect”

This presentation “edutains” students on what bullying and cyberbullying is, what it isn’t, and what we can do about it. Robert promotes “Respect” and shows how it’s something you need to have burned into your mind (and actually burns RESPECT into a signed piece of paper a student is holding in their fist). This presentation will connect with your students, keep them engaed, and encourages to change of the “this is the way it’s always been, nothing we can do” attitude.

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