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Physical Events Need Great Venues

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 02:30 PM

In these days of virtual working it’s getting less and less often that a group of business colleagues or associates actually physically get together for conferences and meetings. Costs and practicality dictate that if you can do it by skype or webinar, then it’s not worth the fuss, organisation and expense of organising physical events as often as we used to.

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Tags: motivational speeches, events, inspirational speakers

Inspire Commitment Not Compliance

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 05:34 PM

The word “vocation” comes from the Latin word “vocare”—to call.

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Tags: motivational speech, inspirational speaker for government employees, compliance

Why Commitment Fades as Competence Builds

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Leadership speaker, Ken Blanchard in his book, Situational Leadership suggests that most people start a job with low competence and high commitment. Over time, competence increases and commitment craters.

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Tags: success, leadership speaker, morale

How Average People Become Successful

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 @ 03:23 PM

We have all met people who are smart, talented and you would wager to be very successful. Yet time reveals because they can't apply themselves, they end up washing cars or cleaning dishes.

Why are some seemingly average people successful and some very intellectual people so good at getting in their own way?
Because success relies on so much more than just your smarts but your ability to dream big, be creative and go after what you want.

These unquantifiable qualities are tough to unravel from a resume but even more important to success than your IQ. Most people focus their self improvement efforts on knowledge and skills when what lies beneath success is a much deeper passion and attitude.

As a motivational speaker I often share examples of people who have been given no real advantage in life- yet they manage to rise to the top. It is a passionate resolve that pushes them.

Inspiration matters

When I was young I remember reading about Motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. An inspiring example of someone who carved a career delivering motivational talks despite a feeble upbringing.

Is this passion replicable? Teachable? If it was ...I think it would have been bottled and sold a long time ago. The only thing we can do is hope to inspire or be inspired by others.

I personally watched motivational speaker Anthony Robbins deliver a motivational talk over 15 years ago and I was hooked. So inspired I slowly went down the same path.
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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational talks, Anthony robbins

Customer Service is Managing Expectations

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 07:45 PM

This afternoon, I was a closing inspirational speaker for a customer service conference in pennsylvania.

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Tags: motivational talk, inspirational speaker, customer service, airlines

How to increase the Value of a Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

When I was a teenager, I used to listen to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar on audiotape.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, motivational speeches

Predictions for 2020

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 02:26 PM

I was an inspirational speaker for the Future Evolution Change Management Conference.

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Tags: motivational speech, inspirational speaker on change management, change management

Tips for Men Managing Women

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 @ 02:01 PM

Relationships always involve give and take. For managers- communicating with the opposite sex can be very challenging. These days, many workplaces feature male managers leading a primarily female staff, which comes with it's own set of challenges.

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Tags: boost morale, motivational speaker for womens events, respect

Building Bonds at Association Events

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 02:56 PM

I was an inspirational speaker for healthcare educators association recently where they hosted a reception after my motivational speech.

Getting to know the delegates I discovered there was a great bond between many long standing members. There was a lot of shared humor,engagement and good natured poking fun.

Interestingly, not all event have delegates who are this open and friendly.

At some associations, delegates seem icy and unreceptive to each other. Behind this professional guise I sense an inability to open up and casually relate. This tone is set(usually by leadership) and most members just seem to unintentionally comply.

What makes some groups open and receptive and others more uptight and stringent?

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Tags: motivational speech, event, inspirational speaker for healthcare educators

A Good Deal Gone Bad

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 04:35 PM

In January I purchased a 500 Square Foot Condo( close to downtown) in a great neighborhood in Calgary. This will be a rental investment property. Calgary has a less than 2% condo vacancy rate and I had inquiries to rent it almost days after I took possession.

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Tags: conflict management, inspirational speaker

Is your Organization Compatible with Gen Y?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 09, 2012 @ 03:03 PM

I was recently an inspirational speaker for a franchise event. I also presented a motivational talk on different generational work values where we discussed the things that make Generation Y run for the door.

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Tags: motivational talk, Gen Y, inspirational speaker for a franchise event

The 3 Learning Styles

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 07, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

People learn differently. This is no surprize, so why do we shove standardized curriculum  down people's throat, without considering learning style?

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Tags: motivational talk, learning style, inspirational speaker for educators

Work Disguised as Play?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 03:29 PM

According to Wikipedia, there are critical differences between play and work- & they are not compatible.

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Tags: fun at work, guest speaker on having fun at work, play and work

School Business Officials Inspirational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

On March 9, 2012,  I am the closing inspirational speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials Conference.

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Tags: funny motivational speech, inspirational speaker, school business officials

How to Deal with Difficult Delegates at your Meeting

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

Last month I was motivational speaker for a transportation conference. During the after dinner speaker, there was a loud possibly drunk delegate talking abruptly and clanking his cutlery during the motivational talk.

The after dinner speaker tried to maintain his composure while this man rudely distracted from his talk. Overall this uncivilized delegate ruined the experience for many.

Here are my thoughts on conquering this catastrophe:

Remove the Culprit

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Tags: after dinner speaker, motivational talk, motivational speaker for a transportation conferen

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