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Library Association Motivational Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 @ 05:57 PM

On October 15-17, 2011, Librarians from across the state of Colorado will come together for inspiration, motivational talks, education and networking.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, motivational talks, speaker for librarians, library conference

How to Reinforce Your Convention Theme

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 01:41 PM

A call back in comedy is a technique that takes something that was said before and ties it back into the current topic. The reminder results in a clever connection and can create some great humor.

A convention theme can have the same effect by tying together common themes at breaks, the keynote speaker, break out speakers and the after dinner speaker.

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Tags: after dinner speaker, keynote speaker, conference theme, conference speakers

How to Motivate Generation Y

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 @ 04:23 PM

Many organizations struggle to understand the Millenial Generation. An inquisitive generation that is familiar with negotiating with teachers and parents, expressing their opinion and bargaining to get their way.

Gen Y has an insatiable appetite for discussion and feedback which is why they love social networking tools. They Divulge information fast and efficiently, keeping what is important to them and disregarding the rest.

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Tags: speaker for HR Conference, guest speaker, Gen Y

Why your Event Needs an After Dinner Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sat, Aug 27, 2011 @ 12:34 AM

Your conventions' evening event can be memorable and funny or a total flop. It all depends on how you structure the evening with your most important ingredient being your entertainment.

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Tags: after dinner speaker, conference after dinner event, humorous motivational speaker

What Reality Tv Teaches Us

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

Reality tv has become so popular it replaces other original, unique, well thought out programming.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speaker for financial professionals, reality tv

How to Make Your Leadership Retreat More Interesting

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:53 AM

Leadership Retreats are not just for throwing information at people; they are for learning. To build on group wisdom, be very clear on the leadership skills you want to work on with the group.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Leadership Retreat, speaker for transportation conference

Beware of the Reality Star Turned Motivational speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 @ 03:39 PM

I was a motivational speaker at an event where the other guest speaker was a reality star. She was a former contender on the wildly popular show, "The Bachelor."

Her motivational talk was about reaching for the stars and living your dreams. I do love this topic, but what I wanted to know is what would make a seemingly smart, attractive woman compete on national television against 30 other sexy, smart women for the attention of one man? They could not pay me enough to do this! (And no worries - they likely wouldn't, either.)

Like many reality shows, "The Bachelor" pits people against one another and does its best to bring out their worst.  Women on the show are brought to the level where their claws come out and they become catty and defensive. Shouting, lying and backstabbing prevail.

Apparently, "The Bachelor" is unscripted and the women are willing to show this side of themselves to millions of viewers. When people become desperate, it seems, it makes for compelling TV.

The questions that kept going through my head and distracting me during her motivational talk were: Why did you do it? What was it like? Did you get paid? Were you paid enough? Did you really fall in love with a complete stranger? What did your friends and family think?

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Tags: motivational talk, motivational speaker, reality star turned motivational speaker

Wellness Consequences of Increased Technology

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 12:15 PM

As a self-employed Motivational Speaker, I must continuously endeavour to keep up with technology, or be left behind. I may not want to add more social networks or constantly stay up on my Twitter Stream but I know it's beneficial to stay in the loop.

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Tags: motivational speaker, wellness, change, technology

Customer Service: Be our Guest (Under our Terms)

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 @ 11:46 AM

Have you ever stayed with a friend where although you were an invited guest you felt like you were not welcome? I recently experienced this at a small family owned bed and breakfast in Cochrane AB. Everything about the swanky joint reeked of a reserved break it and pay mentality.

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Tags: leadership, customer service speaker in the financial industry, financial industry

After the Event- Maximize Your Learning ROI

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 @ 04:12 PM

If you have just attended a fantastic industry conference, you are likely feeling inspired and compelled to share the inspiration and learning with others.

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Tags: motivational speaker, conference speakers, conference Return on Investment

Technology: No Grandparent Left Behind

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 @ 01:57 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a school administrators conference where the theme was about change, technology and education.

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Tags: motivational speaker for school administrators, change, technology

Factors that Indicate the Need for a Team Building Seminar

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 @ 04:18 PM

A Team Building seminar is a means to help people work better together.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Team Building Seminar, teamwork

Motivational Keynote Speaker Notes on the Benefits of Laughter

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

I was a motivational keynote speaker at a recent financial services corporate event where in the middle of my motivational speech a delegate commented that if we don't take our work seriously others won't take us seriously.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, speaker for financial service professionals, benefits of laughter

Meeting Planners: 4 Considerations When Scheduling Breaks

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 @ 01:06 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a financial services conference where over 50% of the schedule was designated for networking.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, meeting planners, motivational speaker for financial services

Boost your Motivational Speaker Return on Investment

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Aug 05, 2011 @ 05:53 PM

Meeting planners and motivational speakers have some great opportunities to explore and maximize your relationship. When you hire a guest speaker to just fly in, give a motivational speech and leave you leave some great opportunities on the table.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, keynote speaker, guest speaker for teachers

Unique Trade Show Promotional Items

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 03, 2011 @ 05:41 PM

As a conference keynote speaker I have attended a lot of trade shows and picked up some neat promotional items from industry vendors.

Promotional items are expensive to produce and ship to convention venues. If they're thoughtful and useful, people will keep them; if they aren't, they will be tossed in the trash. Most promotional items sport the organization's name on it as a great reminder of its products.

As a conference speaker, here are some of the more memorable and useful items I have collected:

Plastic margarita glasses. Just looking at the fluted plastic cup makes me smile. It is whimsical, useful and fun. This trade show vendor was making virgin margaritas at the booth, and you could keep the glass. The line up for margaritas circled the room!

Groucho Marx goggles. They are funny and generate great conversation. People tend to keep them for their children at home or for the young at heart at work. As the humorous keynote speaker I found it easy to tie them into my speech.

A mini tape measure/keychain - Uber useful and convenient. Comes in handy over and over!

Mini Flashlight keychains ....

Solar powered cell phone charger. Plug this gadget into your phone and it uses solar energy to recharge it; great if you are on a plane and unable to use an electrical outlet.

Pedometer to keep track of how how much you walk . . . or don't!

One vendor gave away bright sun visors. A hot day by the pool sported hundreds of these fun visors. A great promotional ploy.

Sunscreen, in hot destinations ....

I was a speaker for a safety conference where one vendor gave away a mini safety kit with bandages, gauze, safety goggles and more.  Definitely a keeper!

Product samples are always a good way to get people to discover the usefulness of vendor products.

Notepads, pens, calendars and mugs have overextended their usefulness. The more unique and personalized to the event (and delegates) your promotional items are, the better and the more memorable they will be - just like your conference speakers!

Discover unique ways to Get a Sponsor for a Conference Keynote Speaker
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Tags: conference keynote speaker, speaker for safety conference, trade show promotional items, trade show giveaways

How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 02, 2011 @ 02:21 PM

How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

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Tags: keynote speaker for associations, guest speakers, motivational keynote speaker, conference speakers

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