Jodee Blanco

Jodee Blanco

Author of Please Stop Laughing at Me . . .
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Fitting In at College: How to Lose the Desperation and Attract the Acceptance You Deserve

Scared you may not fit in at college? Were you bullied or left out by the cool crowd in high school and afraid the same thing will happen again? Perhaps you were popular and you’re dreading starting over. Are you feeling lost or invisible at the dorm?

No matter what your circumstance, college doesn't have to feel like a personality test. No one is going to judge you on who you were. Your classmates want to know who you are. College can be four of the most exciting years of your life, or you can allow your past to hold you hostage.

Bullying survivor, activist, and the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Please Stop Laughing At Me…, now brings her proven survival strategies to university campuses nationwide. She will talk about: the typical mistakes most undergrads make when trying to fit in, and how to avoid them; what to do if the harder you try, the more alone you are; and how to recognize and eliminate common stumbling blocks to social acceptance in college and forge lasting friendships.

You Have No Right to Treat Me That Way!: How to Conquer Adult Bullies at Work and in Life

Every morning, thousands of people dread getting up in the morning for the same reason so many kids dread going to school--they can’t take how they’re being treated. Whether it’s the belittled corporate employee, the under-appreciated middle manager, the excluded PTA mom, or the lonely church volunteer, adults get bullied too. Bullying survivor, expert, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Please Stop Laughing At Me…, who travels the nation’s schools sharing her story to save lives, now brings her proven bullying survival and prevention strategies to adults. She will talk about: her own personal and professional struggle as an Adult Survivor of Peer and Workplace Abuse; the different types of adult bullies and how to identify the ones in your life; how to stand up to adult bullies; what to do when the bully is a family member; how to turn bullies into allies; among other techniques for thriving in impossible situations.

It's NOT Just Joking Around!: Understanding School Bullying Through the Eyes of a Former Victim

Jodee Blanco, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Please Stop Laughing at Me... and an award-winning series of books on bullying, will bring your audience inside the heart and mind of the bullied child, and let them see the world through their compelling point of view. As the nation’s only survivor turned activist/expert, she will also share some of her most unforgettable experiences working deep inside the trenches of America's schools. This keynote is intense, inspirational and cuts to the core of what it means to be a bullied child through the perspective of only someone who was bullied herself and who holds hundreds of bullied students in her arms every day as they pour their hearts out to her, can understand.

Jodee has performed this keynote for a cumulative audience of over a half-million people worldwide and it has been the focus of a USA Today lead story, a CBS Evening News exclusive, among many others.

Triage for the Bullied Through a Survivor’s Eyes

Bullying survivor, activist and author of the New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing At Me… will share with your audience what you should never say to a bullied child and why; what you should say and do; how the bully and the victim are flipsides of the same coin and how to identify and assist both; the two types of bullying; the two types of popular students; the typical profile of the bullied child; how to intervene with a bullied child one-on-one; how to intervene with a group; why traditional punishment doesn’t always work and how to discipline with compassion; how to deal with the parents of bullies and/or victims; how to spot the warning signs a victim may be suicidal or contemplating revenge; where to turn for support; and other vital information.

She will also reveal: the worst mistakes the adults in her life made and what she wishes they would have done different; the most common complaints she hears from bullied students today, and what they want their teachers and parents to know but don’t have the courage to tell them. Jodee’s entire focus from start to finish will be to touch hearts, open minds, and most importantly, give hope.

When Parents Bully: The School Keynote/Workshop

If you’ve ever had to deal with an over-bearing or difficult parent, this workshop will help you work effectively and efficiently together. Jodee provides specific strategies on how to handle the irate, unreasonable parent who storms into the office, frustrated and unwilling to listen, and begins bullying the school. If you're a teacher, counselor or principal, you know firsthand how difficult it can be to calm that parent down and get them to listen and behave like an adult. How do you communicate with the irrational parent, motivate him/her to work with the school in everyone's best interests? What shouldn't you say to an angry, bullying parent and why, and what should you say and do? What are the three tenants of credibility in communication and how do you apply those tenants to successfully win over even the most stubborn, challenging parent, inspire understanding, and most importantly, collaborate on viable solutions that you implement successfully together? Jodee shows audience members how to transform a tense situation with a parent into an opportunity to forge a productive, rewarding partnership that enriches the school, the student, and the student's family.

Jodee Blanco, school bullying survivor and author of the New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing At Me..., is one of the most sought after speakers in schools worldwide. She offers a day-long program for schools entitled "It's NOT Just Joking Around!" that includes student presentations (divided by grade--K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th), a faculty workshop, and evening parent/family seminar. She can present at individual schools or entire districts often bring her in for a multiple school visit. For more information on this critically acclaimed program, please contact our office.


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Survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story. A chronicle of her years as the student outcast, the book inspired a movement among bullying victims everywhere of all ages--in middle and high schools, on college campuses, at the workplace, and at home, who fill auditoriums and gymnasiums coast to coast to hear Blanco speak and how they too can reclaim their dignity and their lives.

Blanco’s work as a survivor turned activist has been recognized by The National Crime Prevention Council, The Department of Health & Human Services, the National Association of Youth Courts, Special Olympics, The FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and hundreds of state and local entities from the PTA, regional law enforcement coalitions and suicide prevention organizations to school safety groups, mental health advocacy groups, and drug prevention programs.

Blanco’s award winning sequel, Please Stop Laughing at Us . . (BenBella Books), was written in response to the demand for more information from her core audience—teens, teachers, parents and other Adult Survivors of Peer Abuse like herself, who have come to know Blanco as the champion of their cause. It provides advice and solutions set against the backdrop of her dramatic personal and professional journey as the survivor who unexpectedly finds herself the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying activist.

While Blanco’s unprecedented approach to shifting the social dynamic for bullying victims of all walks of life continues to make headlines worldwide, it is her dramatic success inside America’s schools that has established her as a singular force in the field, and enabled her to understand bullying in all its forms. Her take on adult bullying emanates from that rare place of understanding that only someone who deals with the issue at its core could grasp.

She’s presented It’s NOT Just Joking Around!™, her acclaimed in-school anti-bullying program, to a combined audience of over five-hundred thousand students, teachers and parents nationwide at the behest of such entities as The United States Department of Interior, The United States Department of Justice, The National Catholic Educational Association, The Illinois Association of School Boards and scores of local school districts, many of whom are adopting her initiatives as part of their core bullying prevention curriculum. It’s NOT Just Joking Around! has also generated tens of thousands of dollars in grant awards for schools and organizations coast to coast.

Blanco has successfully intervened in many bullying related attempted suicides and acts of victim retaliation, ranging from desperate, lonely teens with “hit lists;” badly treated employees at the end of their rope wanting to “end it all,” and burnt-out guidance counselors who can’t cope anymore; to grief-stricken parents unable to move on . These people open up to Blanco because they see in her a kindred spirit, someone who’s willing to crawl down inside the hole where they’re trapped and guide them out the same way she did for herself.

In addition to her speaking and writing, Blanco is also a respected crisis management consultant and expert witness in the areas of school violence, peer abuse, and adult bullying, and is frequently called upon by the media as an expert interview. Some of the outlets who have turned to her for commentary include Newsweek, USA Today (two front page stories), CNN, NBC, FOX, “The John Walsh Show” “Anderson Cooper,” and National Public Radio. She is the go-to expert on bullying related breaking stories for HLN’s “Prime News with Mike Galanos,” “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell”, “Nancy Grace,” among many other of the nation’s top news shows. Blanco has bylined articles on bullying for (front page),, The Huffington Post, and was the focus of an in-depth front-page Q&A on Her life story has been featured twice on CBS Evening News, and in Parade, Teen Newsweek, USA TODAY, Teen Guideposts, Hispanic Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, hundreds of local daily newspapers across the United States and is part of a permanent exhibit at the Chicago National Historical Society.

A tireless advocate for the shunned and forgotten, Blanco’s rare understanding of why kids abuse other kids and how that pattern can continue into adulthood, rearing its head, at work, at home, in relationships and wreak havoc on virtually every aspect of one’s life, comes from a deep personal place. From fifth grade through the end of high school, she was rejected and tormented by her peers simply for being different and knows first hand the long-term consequences. As an adult, she decided to go public with her story because she was frustrated with society misconceptions about bullying, misconceptions that were leading to the loss of lives. As Blanco says to audiences, “no one has the right to abuse you, not your classmates, friends, spouse, family, teachers, co-workers, your boss, no one! Standing up for yourself non-violently in the moment abuse occurs is your human right.”

Blanco has been helping the misunderstood, ostracized, and forgotten reclaim that right across America every day. Since the release of Please Stop Laughing At Me . . ., she has committed her life to turning her pain into purpose. Inspired by the thousands of letters and requests she receives for help, she travels around the country sharing her story of forgiveness and triumph. One of the most sought after keynote/motivational speakers and seminar presenters, Blanco’s talks are redefining the scope of possibilities for curbing suffering in our schools, corporations, and communities worldwide.

Blanco’s other books on bullying include: The Please Stop Laughing At Me Journal…. and Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived, How You Can Too. Blanco’s work has been published in Japanese, Chinese, Danish, Arabic, Indonesian and Lithuanian. She lives in Chicago.

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