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Motivational Keynote Speaker Mark Scharenbroich

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

I was a motivational speaker for the Kansas Bankers Association recently in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker for bankers, Mark Scharenbroich

Save Money Hiring a Motivational Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 10:50 AM

The motivational keynote speaker fee can range from a few thousand dollars to upwards of a hundred thousand dollars.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker, Hiring a Motivational Keynote Speaker

Motivational Speeches Compel Change

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

Ultimately a motivational speech will move an audience to change. It proposes an idea and asks the audience to adopt it. Most audiences are unaware they have a problem or an opportunity exists, so the motivational keynote speaker must present a unique idea and overcome any resistance towards it.

Compelling people to change is what makes the speech motivational.

To adopt your perspective, audiences must first overcome barriers or potential blocks to success. The audience resistance can include fear, laziness, embarrassment and more.

To help people overcome resistance it helps to recognize what these sources are. When writing a motivational speech, brainstorm all potential reservations to action.  Next counter each reservation

1) put it on the table. Some reservations cannot be overcome in a short motivational speech. Simply mentioning the point will keep skeptics at bay and allow people to temporarily shelve their resistance.

2) acknowledge the journey. Verbally recognize the challenges people will go through to adapt your perspective.

3) provide tools. Use hands on examples, analogies and concrete examples to help people clearly adopt your ideas.

Throughout any change, commitment will be tested and people will need to renew their loyalty to the idea.

Despite chronic resistance from sources around them, excitement will build and the change will start to be adapted.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker, motivational keynote speaker for financial profess

Facebook helps Small Business Grow

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 01:18 PM

I was late to join the facebook rage. I was too lazy to put forward the effort to understand the technology, let alone integrate it. In doing so I found I had to forfeit my right to complain about or tout the technology.

Like it or not, I was forced to live with the outcomes- like not being included in events, parties and get togethers, not being noted or recognized in online photo albums ( this was ok by me)  and overall missing out on interaction, dialogue and updates from friends and family.

I finally joined facebook because as a motivational keynote speaker I always get people asking me to " friend" them. Not really knowing what this meant, I had to do some research. Eventually I set up a very basic account and friends slowly started to build. Years later I started to regularly view updates from friends. From this online status browsing, I learned things I would have never known about people, especially far away relatives.

Relationships solidified and grew. Eventually I started to post updates on facebook and really enjoyed the dialogue that grew. I always prefer face to face communication but online communities can be very rewarding.

As a motivational keynote speaker I started to book small bits of business by updating where I am speaking(I am lazy I only do this from time to time) and clients book their events around these dates to save money. I love this because it means less travel.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker, facebook

The Proper Care and Feeding of your Employees

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 01:07 AM

Handling staff is like slow cooking a roast, if you cook it too fast it will burn on outside, while inside it's not ready.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker for the healthcare le, webinar, younger generations

Humor in the workplace, Sources of Resistance

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Most organizations and their leaders claim they want their workplaces to be fun.

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Tags: fun at work, hiring a motivational speaker, motivational speaker about humor in the workplace

Motivational Speaker Webinar

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

On June 24, 2013 I was a motivational speaker at the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational speaker webinar, multigenerational workforce

The Motivational Speech & How to Persuade Others

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

As a motivational keynote speaker, collecting and creating content is a regular  part of refining a motivational speech. I am always looking for useful, relevant information, stories and humor to engage people.

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Tags: motivational speech, guest speakers, motivational keynote speaker

How to Hire a Motivational Speaker for Nursing Events

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 08, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Nursing is a unique profession. Nurses work really hard and the work is usually very physically demanding. Many nurses continually feel overworked and frustrated as healthcare facilities ( hospitals, acute and long term care, etc) are short staffed and lack resources.

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Tags: motivational speeches, How to Hire Motivational Speaker, speakers for nursing events

A Lesson in Gratitude

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

I have been a motivational keynote speaker at four events this week. As I write this, I am sitting at a restaurant at the Minneapolis airport.

As the waitress delivers my cob salad, the couple across from me immediately looks up and starts to point and smile.

I wonder why? Maybe I know them? Maybe they saw one of my motivational speeches? Maybe I have lettuce stuck between my teeth?

Finally the man stands, grabs hold of his wifes hand and walks over to me.
Standing right over me looking down while pointing at my salad.. he proclaims that his wife had that cob salad and loved it. Apparently she's a raving fan.

I can't help but laugh. This is what I love about airports, they attract a wide range of unusual people from all areas of the world.
This couple appears to not get out much as they are overly enthusiastic about a cob salad.

They continue to smile and nod while staring down at the lettuce on the plate. I half expect them to sit down with me and ask to share.

I thank them for their encouragement and they go back and sit down.  Maybe they are wise? When was the last time I got excited about a salad- so excited I had to go tell complete strangers about it? Never. I don't get that excited about anything.

I do consider this to be a neat evolution of events. She enjoyed her salad so much that she told her husband, he in turn shared in her joy and decided to share the excitement with me.

When I look at them and amuse that they are slightly awkward, maybe they are the ones who have it figured out? Enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like salad.

It was a good salad, I have to admit.

Ps...in airports i love people watching. As a motivational keynote speaker I am always reminded to be an observer and learn from others.

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Tags: motivational speech, motivational keynote speaker, gratitude

Inspirational Speaker for the Florida Assisted Living Association

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

On August 14, 2013 I am an inspirational speaker for the Florida Assisted Living Association.

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Tags: motivational speech, Inspirational speaker for assisted living, motivational speaker for healthcare event

Closing Motivational Keynote Speaker- Comedy or Content?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

The closing motivational keynote speaker should leave the audience refreshed and with renewed vitality to bring back to work.

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Tags: guest speaker, motivational keynote speaker, hire a motivational speaker, funny motivational speaker

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