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Antidote to Apathy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 01:36 PM

I recently watched a compelling TedTv motivational speech that illustrated the theory that   so many people are apathetic and seem like they just don't care, and it may be because although genuine, substantial change is possible, it's far from simple.  Societal barriers get in the way of real engagement and participation.

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Motivational Speaker Call for Presentations

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

Workshop leaders, guest speakers and motivational speakers want the opportunity to share, collaborate and exchange ideas by presenting a motivational speech at an industry conference.

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Tags: hire a motivational speaker, motivational speaker for human resources conferenc, call for presentations

Diversity Bingo

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a utility company recently, along with another guest speaker who led a fun and dynamic game of Diversity Bingo.

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Motivational Speech Activities

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

I was a motivational keynote speaker for a manufacturing company recently. While there, I attended a longer training session put on by another guest speaker, Rhoda Jennings. With her permission, here are some activities she used to personalize the staff appreciation event, to increase communication, and to engage the group:

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Motivational Speaker for Dental Staff Appreciation Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

I am a motivational speaker for the Multnomah Dental Staff appreciation event in Portland, Oregon next week.

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The Problem with Praise

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

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Why Women Make Better Business Leaders

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 02:13 PM

Career choices for women used to be limited; now women can do pretty much any job that men can. Why then are only 12 of the fortune 500 companies run by women?

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Tags: leadership, inspirational speaker for womens events, Women make better business leaders

Staff Appreciation Activity

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 01:27 PM

As a motivational speaker for corporate retreats, I am often asked to facilitate a staff appreciation session. Here is one of the staff appreciation activities I would include in a motivational speech:

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker Guidelines for Clearing Plates

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 01:51 PM

I was a motivational speaker in San Diego, California, last week. The lucheon keynote speaker got up to speak while the hotel staff continued to serve lunch. Sadly, clanking and crashing dishes and cutlery got in the way of what would have been a great speech.

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Motivational Speaking is the Key to Great Leadership

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

I was a motivational keynote speaker for a corporate retreat recently where the audience was one of the most compliant and unified groups I have ever witnessed.

From the moment I walked in the room I noticed a quiet congruence. It was noticeable in the respectful nods of appreciation to each other.

In some corporate groups, there is an overall distraction, agitation or a generally overwhelmed disposition. This group displayed a settled, aware and united front.

I was so taken by their engagement with one another that I had to figure out what made them so close. When the morning's opening motivational keynote speaker stood up to speak, I could clearly see why this group was so united.

The dynamic keynote speaker was the organization's CEO. For the next hour he held the room spellbound with his charismatic motivational speech.

His motivational speaking style won over his listeners, constantly luring the audience to adopt his ideas and take action. It became clear why this group thought alike... they were motivated by the same principles that this man spoke about so capably.

Not only did he reinforce the value of a great motivational speech but he clearly reminded me that to be a great leader you have to be a good motivational speaker. The best way to compel and unify a distracted, overworked group of people is to speak up.

Standing up in front of the group and using your energy, stories and ideas to convey a message that brings the audience together, shows that you appreciate their efforts; it builds a vision for the future and is the best way to build congruence.

Leadership by title or authority is a thing of the past. Today's leaders have to constantly prove themselves. When a corporate culture is skeptical and constantly questions its leaders, very little direction and congruence can exist.  To pinpoint what an organization's morale is, the best place to look is the CEO.

The CEO who takes every opportunity to address his staff with enthusiasm and conviction will ultimately win them over.

Managers who hate to speak in public will learn that it is a necessary step to becoming a good leader. There is no better way to build a congruent and committed workforce than through a motivational speech.

Leaders at every level need to be skillful communicators.

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