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Conflict Management Workshop Activities

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

Conflict is a natural and inevitable part of life. Emotions escalate because many people have not been taught to resolve confict in a cooperative non aggressive way.

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Motivational Speaker for Rural Water Association of Utah

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 09:42 PM

On February 25, 2015,  I am a motivational speaker for the Rural Water Association of Utah. The event takes place at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah.

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Attitudes that Lead to Safety Infractions

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

I recently was a motivational speaker for a corporate safety conference. The event featured a ceremony where the CEO proudly handed out Rewards for Safety on the job. If employees maintained a certain safety record, they were given monetary rewards.

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An Excellent Safety Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

I recently saw a motivational safety speaker, Billy Robbins at a Safety Conference. His Safety Motivational Speech was effective and well designed to compel the audience to make safety a priority.

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Motivational Speaker for NJ Child Support Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

On March 5, 2015, I am a motivational speaker for the NJ Child Support Council Conference at Bally's Atlantic City, NJ Hotel.

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4 Types of Difficult People to Look Out For

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 02:21 PM

People come in all shapes and sizes and varying degrees of complexity. However, it helps to understand and be aware of some of the below energy sucking folks.

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Conflict isn't the End, it's the Beginning

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

Biologically we prefer people most like ourselves. To live in long term bliss, opposites don't attract- they repel one another. It is just easier to share space with someone who agrees with you, likes what you like, and has similar values and preferences.

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Seize Opportunity in an Unpredictable World

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

On January 22, 2015,  I had the pleasure of watching keynote speaker Frans Johansson speak to the Human Resources Professionals Association in Toronto, Ontario.
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How to Get People to Change

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Feb 09, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker, Stephen Dubner, wrote the book, Freakonomics.

In his speech to the human resources professionals association, Stephen Dubner asked the audience the provocative question, "After using a public toilet, how many of you don't wash your hands? "

In an audience of 3500 people, nobody raised a hand. Dubner then suggested that at least 30 percent of the group were lying.

When asked, most people suggest their hand hygiene rate is 100 percent. However, certain restroom lingering ( spying on people after they use the toilet) suggests that 30 percent of people don't wash their hands.

The keynote speaker suggests that the circumstances under which data are gathered tend to confirm research preferences. Thus they are not organically collected facts but tend to confirm preferred preferences

It turns out that people are really bad at predicting their behaviours and we tend to use data to confirm what we want to be true.

Another example the keynote speaker used was the statistics that 100,000 people in US hospitals die a year by preventable bacteria spread.

One major reason for this is poor hand washing hygiene. Apparently doctors have the worst hand hygiene habits of any other group. One reason why is if doctors did wash their hands for the length and frequency suggested, they would spend 90 minutes a day simply washing their hands.

One interesting study at Cedars- Sinai hospital asked doctors how often they practice proper hand hygiene. They declared a 73 % hand hygiene rate.

Next, they got nurses to spy on the Doctors and found the actual rate was 9 percent.


The hospital leadership tried rewarding Doctors with Starbucks coffee cards when they washed up to gain compliance. Although popular with the doctors, the cards didn't improve overall hand washing behaviour.


Finally, the Chief of Staff took a photo of palm print of an unwashed, bacteria laced hand and made it a screen saver. This served as a powerful reminder to the doctors that bacteria belongs to us.

It changed hand hygiene overnight.

The motivational keynote speaker made the point,  look how hard it is to make someone do something they know they should be doing.

Ultimately getting people to change is tough because we aren't even honest with ourselves.

Dubner suggested that the human resources professionals be more realistic about how people actually behave. It helps to change the way you design work activity to support the change( ie- more, closer hand washing stations).

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Motivational Speaker for Kansas Water Association Joint Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 01:42 PM

On August 26, 2014 I am a motivational speaker for the Kansas Water Environment Association and the Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association.

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Motivational Speaker for Texas Nurses Association

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

motivational speaker for nursesOn May 12, 2014 I was a motivational speaker for the Texas Nurses Association District 18 Gala. Over 250 Nurses, Nursing students and Nursing Leaders attended the Gala Event.  The event took place at the Kipling Education Conference Centre in Lubbock Texas.
At the Gala the Nurses association raised money through a live auction and a silent auction.
They also did a banquet awards ceremony and introduced the newly elected board members.
The Student of the Year award went to Julia Pyle. Dr. Patricia Francis-Johnson won Nurse of the Year.
It was an evening of celebration for a very hardworking, proud group. Nurses work really hard and act as continual advocates for safe patient centered care. I was proud to be a motivational speaker for the Nurses Gala. I presented the Motivational Speech This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me! The audience was very warm and engaging.
What was encouraging to me was so many students representatives were present. Their enthusiasm and pride really shows.
Check out the Texas Nurses Association District 18 Facebook Page
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The Lost Art of Discipline

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a school district this month where a veteran teacher suggested that students today don't care about losing.

Kids today get a D and think,  oh well, as long as I don't fail, it's good enough.

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