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25 Videos (7h 29m)
    • Welcome to Speaker Meeting 2017!

    • What motivated me to make this class?

    • How am I living now?

    • Into and out of the darkness

    • Where to get the sex, alcohol, and gambling money videos?

    • WELCOME to my journey in VIDEO GAME ADDICTION!

    • My gaming addiction gets crazy in college

    • The gaming addiction comes back and adapts to a family

    • Introduction to my journey with FOOD

    • My eating started bad and got worse at college

    • How I lost 20 pounds in 10 months and put it back on in 2

    • Losing weight with MyFitnessPal and counting calories

    • My magical experience at Detroit Metro airport

    • How I eat now has unbelievable health benefits!

    • WELCOME to my journey in EMOTIONS

    • Crying helps immensely for processing challenging emotions

    • I try to feel all my feelings today

    • Life is full of mostly good emotions which are easily missed

    • How do I process my emotions today?

    • WELCOME to my journey in RECOVERY!

    • Going to Alcoholics Anonymous

    • Wait for the pop

    • After my fifth step confession

    • Is the whole world in recovery?

    • Project for Speaker Meeting 2017


About This Class

Watch this class today to unlock an autobiographical experience you will never forget!  I just finished filming Speaker Meeting 2017 in January and February 2017 to share my experience, strength, and hope with my addictions in candid detail featuring the following with the hope you can identify and learn from my experience!  

  1. My life story such as where I grew up and how I live today.
  2. Video gaming addiction from beginning to end including starting my business to help with it in the middle.
  3. Using food to change how I felt and unconscious eating behavior with a 14 year weight gain and loss journey.
  4. Emotional roller coaster with depression, anxiety, fear, panic attacks, frustration, annoyance, and anger transitioning into a life of peace, joy, and freedom today.
  5. A day and life lived in recovery now with an in depth view of what I do one day at a time to be free of the six forces that guided my life in misery which today help me stay connected with my higher power.

While you get the majority of the class here, Skillshare does not allow explicit content which means I am not allowed to include the discussions on sex, alcohol, or gambling in this class.  If you would like the extended version which includes these, would you rent or buy it on YouTube at or on my website at  The following sections are omitted from this version of the class:

  • An intimate journey for mature viewers only inside my body shame and problems with sex.
  • The full two hour speaker meeting of my alcoholism where I share what it was like, what happened, and what life is like now.
  • Where gambling and money issues left me nearly bankrupt and ready for the end.

Thank you for learning about Speaker Meeting 2017 with me and I hope you enjoy it!


Jerry Banfield

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Speaker meeting is autobiographical story about real life, dealing with addiction and everyday challenges. Jerry is candid about his past, what he's gone through (even the parts that most would feel uncomfortable revealing) and how it's made him a more enlightened person. As a listener, he is able to help you see a light when dealing with these issues yourself. I did enjoy this a lot, thanks for being candid... this was highly inspirational.
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Jerry Banfield

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How did you get here with me?

In 2005 while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, I tried to start working online. I signed up for an MLM program and a survey website. A month later, I had refunds from both and figured working online was not possible because everything was a scam. The truth was I was afraid to fail again.

In 2011, I moved in with my wife and launched an online business focusing on video game addiction in an attempt to avoid dealing with any of my other problems. In a few months, I changed my business to selling shirts because I realized there was no money in video game addiction. A year after starting my business, I dropped out of my criminology PHD program at the University of South Florida to run my business full time which by then had changed to helping clients with Facebook and Google ads based on my experience failing to do them successfully for myself.

In 2013, I starting sharing everything I knew for free on YouTube because I hoped it would help me get more clients. By April 2014, I was nearly bankrupt after failing at 15+ different business models. I was also nearly dead from trying to drink the pain away and fortunately the fear of death motivated me to get into recovery. Being in recovery motivated me to focus more on being of true service to others and less on what I would get out of it. I started making courses online with Udemy which soon turned into my first real business. I partnered with as many talented instructors as I could and learned from top instructors how to get my courses the most sales.

In 2015, I tried making some inspirational videos sharing what I learned in recovery and got an amazing response on YouTube. To make the background on my videos more interesting, I started making the inspirational videos while playing video games. To make a more helpful website, I hired a freelancer to convert the videos into blog posts including this about page originally.

By 2016, the Udemy courses I was teaching had made nearly $2 million dollars in sales with me receiving over $600,000 of that before they banned me because of what they said were policy violations despite me literally praying to God to follow the rules and being obsessed with following the policies. To make that $600,000, Google, Facebook, and contractors billed around $400,000 leaving me with about $200,000. Then, the US government took over $60,000 and the companies I borrowed money from in 2014 to avoid going out of business took another $50,000. After five years in business and even with great fortune on Udemy which made up for 4 years of losses, I am still barely able to pay my bills and have none of the security of a “real job” despite working 10 times more than I have ever worked anywhere else.

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