Jia Jiang Profile

  • Top keynote speaker on Emotional Intelligence and Overcoming Failure/Rejection.

  • As an Asian American who has broken multiple boxes, Jiang takes on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topic with a unique two-way approach for both organizations and individuals.

  • Bestselling author of Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection.

  • Honoree of the Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award.
  • Jia Jiang is a top resilience keynote speaker with one of the most viewed TED Talks, bestselling author of Rejection Proof, and the winner of Toastmasters International Golden Gavel award. Jiang is famous for doing 100 Days of Rejection, which became the basis of his Amazon bestselling book Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection. In his book, website, and talks, Jiang provides inspiration and knowledge for people and organizations to become fearless through rejection training.

    Some of Jia’s engagements include Fortune 1000 and strategic clients such as Allstate, Dell Technologies, Diebold Nixdorf, Google, Visa, and Johnson & Johnson.

    Jia Jiang is the owner of Rejection Therapy, a website that provides inspiration, knowledge and products for people to overcome their fear of rejection. He is also the CEO of DareMe, a technology company that trains people and organizations to develop their courage muscles through action-based training. In 2015, he authored the Amazon bestselling book, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection. He then gave a TED talk on the same topic which became one of the most viewed TED Talks of 2017. In 2019, Toastmasters International awarded Jia the Golden Gavel, which is given annually to honor the best keynote speaker in the industry.

    Several years after Jia began his career in the corporate world, he took a life-altering risk and stepped into the unknown world of entrepreneurship. His result was everyone’s biggest fear: rejection. This was the catalyst that set Jia on the path to his true calling.

    To conquer the fear of rejection, Jia embarked on a personal quest and started a blog, 100 Days of Rejection Therapy. His journey revealed a world that was hidden in plain sight — a world where people are much kinder than we imagine. He discovered that rejection can be much less painful than we believe and that the fear of rejection is much more destructive than we know.

    Jia grew up in Beijing, China and migrated to the United States at age 16. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

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    The fear of rejection can hold you back. Our natural tendency is to avoid it at all costs which can be detrimental to our businesses, careers, and lives. To overcome his own fear of rejection, entrepreneur Jia Jiang started an experiment to be rejected every day for 100 days. The result became the basis of his #3 viewed TED talk and bestselling book: Rejection Proof. In this engaging presentation, Jia shares stories from his rejection experiment to teach you the importance of becoming rejection-proof, the basic principles of turning a NO into YES, as well as how to get more YESes.


    Based on race, gender, education, and cultural background, society has put us into different boxes and tagged us with stereotypes and expectations. Equally damaging, however, are the ways we also conform to these boxes in unconscious ways. As an Asian American who has broken multiple boxes, Jia takes on the DE&I topic with a unique two-way approach for both organizations and individuals.

    For organization leaders, Jia helps them to understand and actively install a fearless box-breaking culture. And for employees, Jia challenges them to seek opportunities to influence beyond their box.


    Based on his #1 bestselling book – Rejection Proof, this workshop takes a deep dive into rejection-proof principles to expose attendees to techniques in overcoming fears. The audience will learn to turn rejection to advantage, how to give rejections, and to get more acceptances. They will also go through “Rejection in the Wild” – an unforgettable, real-life rejection-seeking exercise. This workshop is 1-4 hours long.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Jia Speak

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    “Just WOW, really. That’s was way more than I could have ever hoped for, you were amazing at tying into the concepts we’ve been addressing this week – and THE best part – your authenticity is driving action. I have received feedback from almost every participant in the last hour, that’s unbelievable! It’s a testament to the message and the motivation its driving. You are phenomenal in every way and a pure joy to work with, I hope to see you again soon.”
    – DELL Technologies, 2020 Virtual Event

    “Jia’s passion, energy, and willingness to share personal examples of both fearing rejection and overcoming that fear encouraged us all to step outside our comfort zones and adjust the way we think about and interact with the world around us.”
    -Sandra Lindner, Vice President Training Design, Citi

    “Jia’s talk about rejection was amazing! I had chills and tears, my fave kind of talk!”
    -Nancy Duarte, Bestselling author of Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

    “We had a great talk today. It was funny, inspiring.”
    -Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos

    “(Jia) did such a great talk and we got a lot of comments from people thinking he was amazing and there were some good questions as well for the Q&A in the end.”
    -Financial services client

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    Books by Jia Jiang:

    Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection

    An entertaining and inspiring account of conquering the fear of rejection, offering a completely new perspective on how to turn a no into a yes.

    Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed, and spiraled into a period of deep self doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his “100 days of rejection” experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis–from requesting a lesson in sales from a car salesman (no) to asking a flight attendant if he could make an announcement on the loud speaker (yes) to his famous request to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the shape of Olympic rings (yes, with a viral video to prove it).

    Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial no can be converted into something positive. But more important, he learned techniques for steeling himself against rejection and ways to develop his own confidence–a plan that can’t be derailed by a single setback. Filled with great stories and valuable insight, Rejection Proof is a fun and thoughtful examination of how to overcome fear and dare to live more boldly.

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