Keynote Speaker with 3000 years experience

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Yonason Goldson’s life-long journey will reward you with priceless lessons for your own journey through life.

A rabbi walked into a bar (after hitchhiking cross-country and sailing up the eastern seaboard in a yacht seized by the Coast Guard for drug trafficking) to enjoy a private performance by a jazz band that cost him the price of a beer.

No, this isn’t a joke.  This is a life.

And it’s only one small piece of it.  Blend together the experiences of a hitchhiker, world traveler, high school teacher, newspaper columnist, and talmudic scholar … then apply the wisdom of the ancients to the modern world …

Now you’re ready to discover how a deeper commitment to ethical principles and clear communication can lead to success and happiness in our personal and professional lives.

Me 2aRabbi Yonason Goldson has circumnavigated the globe, seen the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Giza, and the tea plantations of Sri Lanka.  He’s hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and to the tops of the Sierra Nevada.  He’s jumped out of an airplane and undergone open-heart surgery (but not at the same time).  

He’s studied at the University of Edinburgh, taught school in Budapest, Hungary, and seen Richard III performed in Ashland, Oregon, and Stratford-on-Avon.  He’s taught high school for two decades, written four books, raised four children, and been married to the love of his life for almost 30 years.

But none of that is what corporations, associations, or educational institutions want to hear.

What they want to hear is what he’s learned and what he has to teach — namely, the accumulated wisdom of over 3000 years translated into the language of our times.

Whatever the audience, he can make them laugh, make them cry, make them think and make them wonder.  Most important, he will inspire and motivate them, leaving them with a sense of their own untapped potential and a road-map to guide them forward along the pathways to success and happiness.


“BRILLIANT… I was blown away.  Bravo!”
Crane Durham, Host, Nothing but the Truth, American Family Radio

“Highly intelligible … able to speak in an engaging and informative way on many topics.”
Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

“My listeners loved you.
Gail Fallen, Radio Host, News/Talk 1310 KFKA Radio (Greeley, CO)

“Exhilarating, stimulating, full of life and life’s lessons… a joy to listen to.”
Lawrence M. Poger, CLU, Life Member, Million Dollar Round Table, St. Louis

“I highly recommend this dynamic and insightful speaker.”
Bill Martinez, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

“Original and articulate insights… with thoughtful analysis that is always spot on.”
James Lowe, Radio Host, KJAGRadio/ KMA Entertainment (Hutchinson, Kansas)


Click here to hear more of what people say about Rabbi Yonason Goldson — not just another inspirational and motivational speaker.


Keynote Presentations

The Art of Ethical Communication:  What would Solomon say? — How to create a culture of trust, loyalty, and success in our communities

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

That iconic line, delivered by Paul Newman in his Oscar-nominated role as Cool Hand Luke, describes one of the most persistent problems in personal and business relationships.  All too often, we don’t mean what we say and we  don’t say what we mean.  Even worse, we don’t know when others are being honest with us or if it’s safe to be honest with them.  And worst of all, sometimes we aren’t being honest with ourselves.

In any community — whether corporate, congregational, or civic — the secret of success lies in creating a culture of mutual commitment, cooperation, and trust.  And it all begins with clear and honest communication — which is often more difficult and more complicated than it should be.

Guiding vs. controlling, empowering vs. enabling, acknowledgment vs. praise — knowing how to handle these challenges allows us to forge healthy relationships, promote productive meetings, and transform a group of individuals into a cohesive team.

Channeling the timeless wisdom of King Solomon, blending funny and frightening stories from the highways of America, Rabbi Yonason Goldson offers a road-map for navigating the challenges to personal and professional integrity, and a guide for understanding how we hold the secrets for fostering honesty in our dealings with others and with ourselves.


Breaking Through Psychological and Emotional Gridlock  How to see obstacles as opportunities

What do we do when we run into roadblocks?  We look for detours to find a way around the obstruction so we can get where we need to go.  It’s no different when we hit dead-ends in our relationships and our dreams.  Because the only dead-end is the one we allow to stop us in our tracks.  Instead, we need to learn how to turn problems into opportunities.


Embracing Illusion How to stay real in the virtual world of social and commercial media

Can we make decisions without information?  Can we trust the information on which we base our decisions?  Can we trust ourselves to think clearly and objectively if we don’t even know where our own ideas come from?  As the world around us becomes increasingly virtual, we need to find ways of staying grounded.  As society becomes increasingly disconnected, we need a plan to preserve the connections that will keep us emotionally healthy.  The answers aren’t difficult, once you know where to find them.


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Video — The Three Laws of Hitchhiking

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Please contact me here.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

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