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How to get Someone's Attention & Keep it

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 @ 03:27 PM

Thanks to the addictive nature of web browsing, I have a very short attention span- possibly 10 seconds or less. With all the information flying at me I have developed ways to tune out the excess noise. Using gatekeepers like Tivo- I fast forward tv commercials, I am on several Do not Call Lists and use spam filters and  Pop up Blockers to keep out  unwanted distractions.

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Tags: motivational talk, motivational speaker, how to get someone's attention

Nobody Rises to Low Expectations

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

I was motivational speaker for a conference of education administrators. During the break they ushed in a group of 8 year olds who nervously collected at the front of the room and started singing christmas carols.

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Tags: motivational talk, generational speaker, motivational speaker for a conference of education

Influence others without Saying a Word

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 @ 02:48 PM

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Tags: Sales & Marketing Keynote Speaker, humorous motivational speaker, influence others

The Inspirational Speaker Content Bucket

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

As an inspirational speaker people ask me how I come up with your motivational talks. Truth is over 80% of any inspirational speech I have repeated over 100 times. This makes it easy, because the content has been used before and I know what typical reaction it will illicit.

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Tags: inspirational speaker, inspirational speech, motivational talks

How to Annoy People over the Holidays

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:50 PM

Knowing how to annoy people may not be your top priority this holiday season- but maybe it should be.

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Tags: leadership, how to annoy people, inspirational speakers

Extraordinary Motivational Speaker Bob Koehler

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 @ 03:01 PM

Last May I was a motivational speaker for a conference for educators, that day i was fortunate enough to meet Bob Koehler.

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Tags: motivational talk, inspiration, motivational speaker for a conference for educator

4 Workplace Morale Boosters

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @ 01:20 PM

With the economy in the tank and budget balancing acts affecting the front line; bad news flies at us daily. To keep people from falling into a motivational slump, leadership needs to continually spark inspiration.

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Tags: motivational talk, leadership, morale boosters, pep talk

Why your Meeting Needs a Facilitator

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 @ 01:18 PM

I was recently a keynote speaker for a franchise conference where the event fell apart because it didn't have a facilitator to add structure and keep the agenda on time. A good facilitator guides the event forward, manages audience and guest speakers expectations, and keeps the agenda on time.

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Tags: guest speakers, meeting, facilitator, keynote speaker for franchise event

5 Techniques to Negotiate with a Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 12:47 PM

Never be afraid to negotiate with anyone. If the only thing standing between you and a inviting a great motivational speaker to your event is your budget, the potential speaker may be willing to negotiate the difference with the following negotiation tactics:

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Tags: motivational speaker, speakers bureau, great speaker

Ideas to Create a Fun Holiday Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 06, 2011 @ 05:25 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a transportation conference where they had an improptu holiday christmas party at the tail end  of the event. It was unique and genuinely meaningful so I asked the meeting planner if I could share some of the ideas with others.

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Tags: meeting planner, motivational speaker for a transportation conferen, holiday event

Should you Hire a Motivational Speaker through a Speakers Bureau?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

interCharged with planning a conference, one of the daunting tasks is hiring your opening and closing motivational speakers.

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Tags: hire a motivational speaker, keynote speaker, meeting planners, speakers bureaus

How to Welcome First Time Conference Attendees

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Dec 02, 2011 @ 05:19 PM

Some conferences neglect making special efforts to welcome first time conference delegates. This is a mistake as new blood in an organization is critical to innovation and future success.

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Tags: guest speakers, keynote speakers, conference planning committee, Welcome First Time Conference Attendees

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