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Motivational Speaker for the BC Financial Healthcare Professionals

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

On October 2, 2015,  I am a humorous motivational speaker for the BC Healthcare Finance Professionals Society Conference. Over 200 healthcare financial professionals will attend the event held at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel.

The theme of the event, Commitment to Excellence, speaks to the industry need to evolve with change in healthcare and always strive for the best given cutbacks and lack of resources,

Most healthcare professionals feel the pressure of doing more with less as resources are put to the test. These cutbacks often are rolled out through the healthcare finance department.

Most people in the audience are CPA's and CMA's and spend the day crunching numbers trying to make budgets meet expectations. Audience members work for the various health regions ( fraser health, interior health, etc) the provincial health services authority and some long term care agencies.

In an attempt to save resources, consolidation of services( sharing services or department functions under one roof) is common in healthcare. Naturally, a consolidation means pressure on finance to make these changes viable.

The other motivational speakers for the healthcare finance professionals is Yvonne Camus, with her motivational speech, Leading a High Performance Life. Followed by Kit Grant with his hilarious motivational talk, The Successful Leader- the Manager as a Coach.

I am excited to be the Closing humourous motivational speaker with the topic, This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me!

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The Agile, Nimble and Flexible Company

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

I was a motivational speaker the Essette software user group conference.

The company makes software that supports patient care coordinators and health plans to help patients navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system. The software is flexible and configured to a clients unique needs.

During an interactive session, clients ( Essette software users) asked Essette staff ( many of them software designers) questions about what potential enhancements could be done with the technology. Essette prides itself in being agile and flexible to client needs and market demands.

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Motivational Speaker for the Ottawa Dental SOciety

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 02:29 PM

On October 1, 2015, I am a Humorous Motivational Speaker for the Ottawa Dental Society Fall General meeting. The event held at the Ottawa Hunt Club will attract over 300 dental professionals.

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Motivational speaker for the bc society of Laboratory Science

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 02:42 PM

On September 27, 2015, I am the closing humorous motivational speaker for the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science.

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Motivational Speaker for the Society of Human Resource Managers(SHRM)

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

motivational speaker shrmOn September 8, 2015, I am a motivational speaker for the Greater Ann Arbour, Michigan Human Resources Managers Association( SHRM). The event held at the historical Webber's Inn in Ann arbour, Michigan will draw over 70 HR generalists and professionals.

Michigan went through tough economic times in 2009 during the mortgage housing crisis. Today, this region is experiencing a rebound. However, along with a more buoyant economy comes growth pressures. In the HR field across Michigan, this means the retirement of baby boomers. Many older professionals delayed their retirement because their benefits ( tied to the market) were too low to supply a comfortable exit from the workforce.

Now that the market has shown some relief and bounced back somewhat,  baby boomers are retiring in large numbers. This leaves HR professionals clamouring to find younger professionals to take their place.

Other challenges in HR are the drastic changes offered by the affordable care act, forcing employers to reconsider what qualifies as part time employment.

I really enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the GAASHRM group. It was a really fun loving, interactive group. I presented the motivational speech, I Love My Job, it's the People I Can't Stand!

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Motivational Speaker for the Essette Software Users Group

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

humorous guest speakerOn September 21, 2015, I am a motivational speaker for Essette Software Users Group Conference.

The conference held at the Marriot in Boulder, Colorado, will attract over 80 Essette software users. Most of the audience are in a healthcare leadership role and engaged in helping provide better patient care coordination.

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The Most Important Lesson Ever

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 01:16 PM

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Motivational Speaker for Carbon County School District

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 01:23 PM

On September 1,2015, I was a motivational speaker for the carbon county school district one. Over 365 educational staff attended.

The event held at the Rawlins, Wyoming high school auditorium brought together staff from all 7 schools in the carbon county district. The audience included teachers, teaching assistants, principles, custodians, food service staff, acquatics staff, school nurses and more.

Rawlins, Wyoming ( population just under 10,000) houses the Wyoming state penitentiary; thus some of the students come from families where one parent is in prison. Many of these families struggle to get by.

Often it is the student who suffers the most, and school may be their only safe haven.

These dedicated, hard working staff look for every opportunity to lift students up to ensure they all get equal opportunity for a promising future.

Carbon county school district one has improved test scores drastically over the last several years with the help of their new superintendent, Fletcher Turcato.

It is amazing to see how good leadership can transform a community. In an area where students have no advantage, they still score better than other districts. This is something to be proud of.

I really enjoyed being the opening motivational speaker for the school district. I presented the motivational speech, This Would be Funny of it Wasn't Happening to Me. ... how to embrace Change and a new school year with enthusiasm and Vigor.
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Leaving a Legacy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 08, 2015 @ 01:56 PM

Alfred was a Swedish chemist who became a millionaire making weapons of warfare. In 1889, his brother Ludvik was killed in one of his dynamite factories. Unfortunately, the newspaper reporter got the two men mixed up and one morning,  Alfred ended up reading his own obituary.
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Stop Choosing Stress Over Beauty

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

People today are mind numbingly busy. In an experiment, the Washington Post sent out award winning violin player, Joshua Bell to the New York subway to play.

Bell laid out a hat in front of him to collect tips while he enthusiastically wailed away at the violin and produced gorgeous sounds. Hours later, he had collected $32 in tips.

That very morning he had played for a crowd of 1,000 enthusiastic people paying upwards of $500 a seat to see him play.

The busy transport passengers were too wrapped up in their schedules to even notice the unusually beautiful music.

Wrapped up in day to day stress, it's easy to miss the beauty of the moment. In its place, we get lost in details, deadlines and dilemmas. Why chose stress over beauty?

Studies show that when overtaken by stress, it's usually not present mind thinking that causes our anxiety. Instead, it is worry and fear of the future.

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