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6 Principles for Designing Conference Continuing Education

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 10:38 AM

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Tags: meeting planner, conference speaker, conference, event, continuing education, meeting

Leadership Speaker, Jim Clemmer - Leading in an Uncertain Future

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 @ 01:45 PM

Leadership is not a title or a position but a personal responsibility. Venturing into unchartered waters is one of those responsibilities. Nobody seems to jump up and down at the prospects of new change and keeping team inspiration high during turbulent times is not easy.

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Tags: leadership, inspiration, professional speaker, leadership speaker

4 Keys to Confident Interpersonal Skills if you are an Introvert

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

Over 55% of people (by their own accord) are introverts. A Keynote speaker at a recent convention suggested that being less socially expressive means you may be misinterpreted as withdrawn or cranky. She went on to assumb introverts have less refined interpersonal skills. I disagree.

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Tags: interpersonal skills, guest speaker, keynote speaker, Convention

Pitfalls with the Motivational Speaker Video

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:09 AM

Many meeting planners ask for a motivational speaker video before hiring a professional speaker to speak the their convention.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Convention, meeting planner, event, professional speaker, motivational speaker video

How to Add Humor to your Staff Meeting

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 03:11 PM

Next week I am the keynote inspirational speaker at another banking conference. To help me prepare for the conference speaking engagement, I spoke to a bank Senior VP today. He said he was happy to speak with me as it will get him out of another dull staff meeting designed to waste his time. Meetings, if done right will kill you.

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, fun at work, inspirational speaker, conference speaking, meeting, Humor in the workplace

How did America Mess up the X and Y Generation?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 @ 01:39 PM

Generational speaker, Dr Mark Goulston, says Increasingly parents bail out their children and keep them from facing the consequence of their actions.

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Tags: motivational speeches, x and y generation, professional speaker, generational speaker

4 Leadership Qualities you Don't Want to Forget

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 @ 03:14 PM

Thousands of books have been written about leadership, yet their aren't that many really incredible or profound examples of leadership in action.

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Tags: keynote speaker, leadership, conference speaking, leadership qualities, leadership program

How to Appreciate Nurses During Nurses Week

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 @ 02:31 PM

As a guest speaker during nurses week, people want to know how to appreciate nurses. 

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, nursing conferences, nurses week

Gifts for the Inspirational Speaker at your Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 @ 10:13 AM


As a funny motivational speaker, I have been given a lot of gifts after my seminar from the meeting planner. Some of these gifts are useful and some I have no idea what I will do with.

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Tags: motivational speeches, motivational keynote speaker, meeting planner, inspirational speaker, conference speaker, event

Financial Industry Event Optimistic

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 @ 03:38 PM

Since the recession, the last several years has been really tough on financial professionals. Their have been layoffs, restructuring, downsizing, and increased need to do more with less. As one seminar participant put it- work hasn't been alot of fun.

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, seminar, conference speaking

Group Morale Boosters! 5 Leadership Team Building Activities

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

As a funny motivational speaker sometimes I find the opportunity to do a follow up leadership seminar.

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Tags: inspirational speaker, morale boosters, conflict, motivational speaker for a healthcare conference, leadership seminar, guest speakers for hire

Etiquette Success Rules Redefined for a New Generation?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 @ 02:01 PM

I was the keynote speaker for the Ontario Landscape Congress yesterday. The guest speaker who followed me did an orderly and engaging seminar on etiquette.

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, x and y generation, seminar, generational speaker, etiquette

Tips for a Guest Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 @ 01:33 PM

Most public speaking books say the same thing. The basics- make eye contact, speak clearly, don't pick you nose.

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Tags: guest speaker, keynote speaker, leadership qualities, great speakers

How to Promote Your Convention, Meeting or Event with Twitter!

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sun, Jan 09, 2011 @ 10:19 PM

Here is some advice from an exceptional meeting planner blog Eventbrite about how to use twitter to promote your convention, meeting or event.   Organizers are constantly looking for ways to promote their event and social media is quickly becoming a venue of choice.

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Tags: keynote speaker, Convention, meeting planner, event

Steps for Planning a Convention, Seminar and Training Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Jan 07, 2011 @ 03:47 PM

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, Convention, funny guest speaker, seminar, continuing professional development, training

X and Y Generation Leadership, Kick your Kids off the Couch

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

One of the main reasons for x and y Generation lack of leadership and complacency, lack of work ethic and sense of entitlement is Overparenting. Parents who do too much for their children, acting as life coaches and cleaning up their messes.

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Tags: leadership, x and y generation, generational speaker

Success of a Convention or Meeting linked to Group Congruence

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jan 05, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

The Boston Globe published an article on intelligence in convention or meetings. It indicates that a groups intelligence has less to do with the intelligence of each individual but the congruence of the entire group. This is essential information for a meeting planner to plan an event that is a success.

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Tags: Convention, inspiration, meeting planner, success, meeting

Conference Speaker Tells how to Speak so People will Listen

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 @ 04:49 PM

As a conference speaker, I hear alot of presentations. Many professionals speak at their industry convention to contriubute to professional development and continuing education in their association. Trouble is they haven't been taught the basics of public speaking and they often put the audience to sleep.

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Tags: motivational speeches, Convention, conference speaker, professional speaker, public speaker

Health care Continuing Professional Development Conferences

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 @ 01:51 PM

Every year health care professionals need to receive CME, CNE and CE (Continuing Education Credits) to stay on top of their game.  Continuing professional development is critical to keeping up with advances in health care and with changes in the delivery of care. Health care Conferences are a great way to acheive CE credits and accept responsibility for continual learning.

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Tags: nursing conferences, humorous speakers for nursing conferences, convention speaker, continuing education

Leadership Skills for the New Year

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sat, Jan 01, 2011 @ 01:46 PM

Our theories about what leadership and interpersonal skills it takes to inspire a workforce and boost morale changes every year. What will it be this year? If we were to look into a crystal ball to see how leadership will organically change over the next year, here is what i would suggest:

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Tags: leadership and change, wellness, leadership, inspiration, x and y generation

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