On February 21, 2012 I am a healthcare inspirational speaker for the Airamid Health Services Annual conference at the St Petersburg Bayfront Hilton Hotel.
On February 8, 2012 I am an inspirational speaker for the Multnomah County Annual Dental Staff Meeting.
I go to fewer and fewer cocktail parties where people ask me what I do for a living. It used to be the opening question of almost any dialogue. As if to size someone up, you ask them about work.
The other day I had my hair cut. I made the mistake of walking into our kitchen and asked my fiance, What do you think honey?
I detested school. I wasn't troubled or defiant, I just didn't enjoy it.
I was a conflict management speaker at a financial services conference. We concluded that the most valuable skill needed to handle a conflict is not the ability to get along well; but the ability to fight well.
Traditionally, people just worked whatever hours it took to get the job done. This is no longer the case as people demand that work not completely consume their lives. Organizations can't expect employees to put their lives aside for work.
We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. ( I have no idea who said this but it's brilliant!)
I was a motivational speaker for a transportation event where we had a very stimulating discussion about recognition programs. We discussed how thoughtful recognition programs make people feel valued and respected and reinforce the meaning of the work. We also decided very few organizations use these kind of programs.
Last month was my fiance's company Christmas party for kids. It was a fun filled afternoon that included Santa Claus visits, age specific wrapped gifts for all the children, a waterpark, ice skating, jungle gym and more.
My grandmother knew about stress management before the term was even invented. She never took a change management course or worried about work life balance.
I am baffled when otherwise intelligent people do stupid things. I recently found out that a friend of mine, a smart guy and a successful leadership speaker, lost tons of money on a multi-level marketing business venture. This venture involved some level of selling sport nurtrition drinks out of the back of a van. Who in their right mind would invest in that? He is a successful leadership motivational speaker whom I look up to (who I am now hoping doesn't read my blog).
I came home yesterday and found my son plopped in front of the television watching a war movie - not ideal entertainment for a two year old! After my initial panic, I turned off the TV and we started to play with his building blocks.
I have a colleague who is a successful leadership consultant/speaker. She is attractive, smart, successful, healthy and wealthy. She is also one of the unhappiest people I know. She delivers motivational speeches about leadership and openly admits she struggles with staying happy. How can someone who seems to have it all be so miserable?
I am an inspirational speaker for a recreation conference where the theme is, think outside the box- be weird, be different. I immediately loved this theme. It grabs your attention and inspires you to want to change and innovate.
In February, I am a healthcare inspirational speaker for the Association of Surgical Technologists Annual Instructor’s Forum.This event draws over 300 instructors of surgical technology programs who come for inspiration, education and continuing education credits.
On February 10, 2012, I am a healthcare inspirational speaker for the Association of Surgical Technologists Annual Instructor’s Forum in Orlando Florida. The forum attracts an average of 300+ surgical technology educators, the people who train Surgical Technologists - those we depend upon to assist surgeons during surgical procedures.
Is it possible to motivate someone in under 5 minutes? Yes! In fact, a motivational speech is actually a collection of small snippets of inspirational speechs that could be taken apart and delivered on their own. It has been said that the best motivational speeches are short so the thoughts can be easily remembered and recalled. The most successful speeches are those that don't conjure up the traditional image of 'speech' but, instead, take the audience on an enjoyable journey from one thought to the next.
On February 9, 2012, I am an Inspirational speaker for the Aging Services of Minnesota Conference. The theme of the event, Inspire. Serve. Advocate is to celebrate the associations 45 year anniversary and to renew their commitment to inspire, serve and advocate on behalf of aging services providers in Minnesota.