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Leadership Conversation on Generational Diversity

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 @ 12:00 PM

Gen Y is the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. It is very different world for leadership and change navigating the challenges of a multigenerational workplace. The average leaders spends 28% more time managing people than they did 30 years ago.

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Tags: leadership and change, x and y generation, generational speaker, motivational speaker for landscape/ Horticultural

Parks and Recreation Professionals.. Inspiration for Family Memory

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 @ 07:44 PM

This summer we went hiking and camping in Banff National Park. One of the many parks we have access to within 90 minutes of our house. With soaring views of the rocky mountains, mother nature shows us her finest. There is no better way to boost your own morale than to get out of the hussle and bustle and come back to your center than to escape to our parks.

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Tags: interpersonal skills, wellness, leadership, inspiration, success

Morale Boosters for the New Year

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 @ 02:12 PM

Change your environment. Their is nothing like a new splash of vibrant color in your home or work to add inspiration and energy.

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Tags: humorous motivational speaker, morale boosters, conflict, inspirational speeches

Nurses Week Guest Speaker Shares Why we need to Appreciate Nurses

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 @ 02:13 PM

I spend most of National Nurses Week traveling and Speaking as a Nurses Week Guest Speaker helping appreciate and recognize nurses. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Nurses play a valuable role in society. Here is just some of the reasons they deserve alot of respect and appreciation:

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Tags: guest speaker, leadership, conflict management, nurses week speaker

Generational Speaker and Teens "Sexting"

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 @ 02:15 PM

  • In his motivational speeches,a Generational speaker, Jason Dorsey sited some very compelling research. I did a bit of digging and it is a real eye opener as to the diversity and values of our workforce today.
  • Pew Research Centers Report on Generation Next ( 18 to 29 year olds), x and y generation, yearlong  series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today’s teens and twenty-somethings. The report suggests that teenagers are confident, self expressive,liberal and receptive. They are also armed and dangerous thanks to technology. Through twitter, facebook and social networks they way to communicate immediately to the whole world.Their is now a new term called, Sexting, teenagers typing sexually oriented messages. Three quarters of the x and y generation have created a profile on social networking sites.
  • One if five teenagers have posted a video of themselves online. 40% have a tattoo, one quarter have a peircing somewhere other than an earlobe.
  • Only 60% were raised by both parents
  • 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else via text messaging.Likely not their parents.
  • 15% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging on their cell phone.
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Tags: leadership and Diversity Expert, motivational speeches, x and y generation, generational speaker

Leadership Expert... Santa Clause?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sun, Dec 26, 2010 @ 02:08 PM

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Tags: leadership, inspiration, workshop, leadership expert, leadership development

Audience Engagement and the Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 24, 2010 @ 02:25 PM

Meeting Planners and the keynote speaker need to actively nurture attention to keep an audience engaged. It is harder today to compel people to pay attention because in the digital world the attention span has evolved to be less than 3 seconds at a time.

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Tags: motivational speeches, keynote speaker, seminar, meeting planners, keynote presentation

Why you Should Hold a Convention in Banff, Alberta

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:54 AM

If you crave a world class Convention experience, consider Banff.

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Tags: guest speaker, wellness, Convention, inspiration, conference speaker

Nursing Event Speaker Kathleen Bartholomew, wins award

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 22, 2010 @ 06:29 PM

Every year HealthLeaders Media chooses 20 people who make a difference in healthcare. I was pleased to discover that Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, author of Speak Your Truth:Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication and Ending Nurse- to-Nurse Hostility, motivational speaker in the healthcare feild was one of the winners this year.

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Tags: health care conference, keynote speaker, event speaker, nursing week speaker

5 Tips to Calm your Nerves for a Conference Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 @ 07:34 AM

At a conference speaking, I often meet other speakers who have been "forced" to speak. Last month i was a keynote speaker at an agriculture convention and one of the break out session speakers said, "I am so nervous! What do i do?"  I told her, If you have good information, presented clearly, your audience will be receptive no matter how nervous you are.

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Tags: motivational speaker, keynote speaker, Convention, conference speaker, speaking topics

School Sucks...Why Teachers need to Be Inspirational Speakers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:05 AM

Most university professors aren't inspirational speakers. They can be boring, uninspiring and hard to relate to. To make our educational system more inspiring we would need to change the fundamental educational culture to emphasis learning, inspiration, interaction and self development.

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Tags: inspiration, inspirational speaker, inspirational speeches, great speakers

Motivational Speaker Video..Smile or Die

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 @ 02:55 PM


You change the physical world with your thoughts! Ok I love this stuff. It is so trite and overdone. They say watch your thoughts and be more positive because the benefits are so amazing. Here is a video -more of a scientific description.Willful ignorance is disturbing. It is cruel to tell people to ignore reality and pretend everything is ok.

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Tags: motivational speaker, wellness, Convention, motivational speaker video

Meeting Planner Convention Travel Apps for the IPhone

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 @ 02:08 PM

In January and february meeting planners and delegates start traveling to conventions.

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Tags: stress management, guest speaker, conference speaking, Meeting Planner Convention

Leadership Expert Wayne Dyer's 10 Secrets

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 @ 01:06 PM

I have pulled out an old copy of the book 10 secrets of success and inner peace by Wayne Dyer.It is an all time leadership classic. I have seen Dr Dyer give inspirational and motivational speeches on these secrets and his passion is very real.

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Tags: a great speaker, inspiration, leadership expert, inspirational speeches

Leadership is easier when People are Inspired

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 @ 08:21 AM

How do you inspire people? One leadership train of thought is that inspiration flows from a vision statement. I once heard that a good company vision has two qualities:

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Tags: guest speaker, fun at work, leadership, inspiration, motivational speakers

How do you become a Motivational Speaker?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 @ 08:35 PM

The question I get alot is how do you become a Motivational speaker? The best answer is you just do it. Speak alot, everywhere they will listen, even if you are speaking for free ( however if someone wants to pay you, take their money). Once you get good at it ( 500 plus presentations later) usually people will ask you if you do this for other events,or for a living, and it builds from here.

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Tags: motivational speaker, professional speaker, public speaker, inspirational speeches

Professional Speaker Brian Lee, CSP Wins Spirit of CAPS Award

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:24 AM

At the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers convention in Montreal this month,Brian Lee, CSP was awarded the Spirit of CAPS Award.

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Tags: a great speaker, Convention, professional speaker specializing in the healthcar

How Leadership can Create a Fun at Work Newsletter

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 03:31 PM

During a leadership workshop we discussed how leadership spends too much time planning for fun instead of actually having it.

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Tags: fun at work, leadership, inspiration, Humor in the workplace, leadership workshop

Inspiration from My Son, This would be Funny If....

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 03:42 PM

Have you ever thought, This would be funny if it wasn't happening to me? I really get that now, thanks to my son.

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, levity, inspiration

Leadership and Succession Planning, A Success Story

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 09, 2010 @ 03:43 PM

I am a keynote speaker at the Landscape Ontario Congress in January, 2011. The conference will attract landscape horticulture, retail garden centre, and nursery association members.

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Tags: leadership and change, keynote speaker, Convention, leadership, success, motivational speaker for the green industry landsc

Develop Leadership Skills with Holiday Games

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 @ 11:42 AM

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Tags: Motivating People, leadership skills, fun at work, leadership expert, inspirational speaker, management workshop

Industry Experts, Why you Should be a Conference Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 07, 2010 @ 11:49 AM

An expert in her industry, I met Jennifer at a conference where she was about to present her ideas in a workshop. She was very nervous. She said, "I hate these talks, my company keeps making me do them, I get very nervous and it takes up so much of my time to prepare for very little gain.”

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Tags: meeting speaker, workshop, seminar, leadership expert, conference speaker

Motivating a Distracted Workforce- Leadership and Change

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 06, 2010 @ 09:34 AM

In a recent guest lecture on leadership we spent the entire seminar discussing how much technology affects our ability to be good leaders.  I did some follow up research and apparently it's a bigger problem than we think.

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Tags: motivate company, guest lecture, presentation on leadership, leadership and change

Three things I Learned Starting a Business

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 @ 11:25 AM

My first experience in business was with a girl I went to school with; she approached me to start a management consulting business with her. I had just graduated and so far I couldn't find a job, so it wasn't like I had any other options.

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Tags: leadership guru, guest lecture, fun at work, success, Motivation in the workplace

I Only Notice When it Hurts, Motivating people without Fear

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 02, 2010 @ 12:03 PM

Why is it we only notice things when they go wrong? Why is it so hard to notice the positive and good things people do?

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Tags: Motivating People, leadership and Diversity Expert, motivate company, the keynote speaker

Public Speaking Topics

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 01, 2010 @ 06:18 PM

I was the keynote speaker at a conference this week where a delegate asked, "What are good public speaking topics?" Hmmm i had to think about it.

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Tags: a great speaker, generation expert, public speaking topics, the keynote speaker, famous public speakers

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