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Tools of Teamwork to Boost Morale

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

Team devotion can be torn down when corrosive behaviours breach group morale. A gnawing sense of unease grows when hardworking team members see unethical practices, cutting corners, or unfair favouritism and nothing is done about it.

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Change when Change is Hard

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

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The Elements of Integrity

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

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Are you Busy... But Not Satisfied?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Busy . . . But Not Satisfied

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4 Learning Styles

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

I was recently a motivational speaker for the Society of Financial Professionals, where the other guest speaker talked about learning styles in a way I hadn't heard before.
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Mindfulness - The Art Of Calm Focus

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

'Mindfulness' is something of a buzzword at the moment, with everyone from single moms to high-flying politicians singing its praises.

Few, however, really understand what it is. Most people have an idea that it's a meditational technique, but haven't really looked into it. While they're partially right - mindfulness can be used in meditation - there is a lot more to it than that. Practised regularly, mindfulness can not only make you happier in general, it can also help you to eradicate many of the problems within your psyche, and improve the way in which you view the world.

At its simplest, mindfulness is the art of living in the moment. Rather than letting our minds constantly wander over what we have done or will be doing, those engaging in mindfulness should bring their minds to focus entirely upon the moment in which they are living - its sensations, its feelings, and its import. This allows the mind to clear, focus, and achieve a settled state from which we can dispense more easily with stress and worry.

Mindfulness may sound simple, but it's been proven to be tremendously effective. Those who take time to mindfully focus upon positive experiences report a general improvement in their overall mood. Subst+ance abusers who undertake mindfulness courses as part of their rehabilitation therapy are significantly less likely to not only relapse, but to crave the substance to which they were once addicted in the first place. This is an impressive phenomenon, as relapse is a major problem which has foxed rehabilitators for centuries.

Plenty of psychologists and therapists are increasingly turning to mindfulness techniques in order to help their patients - and experiencing a good deal of success. For more on how mindfulness can improve your life, read this article.

This wonderful guest article is written by Mel Mailey.

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Motivational Speaker for Algoma Public Health

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

On June 17, 2015, I was a humorous motivational speaker for the Algoma Public Health Staff Appreciation Day. The day was intended to speak to a theme of resilience and self care to help and support hard working staff.

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Motivational Speaker for Altrusa International Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 12:56 PM

On July 18, 2015, I am a motivational speaker for the Altrusa International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. This years convention, themed, Jazz it Up will attract over 350 international volunteers and club leaders.

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Technology's Grip on You

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 06:31 PM

Through technology we are getting used to extraordinary amounts of stimulation.

Every time you open an email or surf facebook, your cortisol levels increase, blood pressure rises and your heart rate goes up. It also trains you to disengage from the real world.

As a motivational speaker I see how deeply technology impacts attention spans. It is harder and harder to get people to pay attention.

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The Role of Anger in Life

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

Anger gets you what you want. Stomp around, throw a fit and yell and people will pay attention. Sit quietly and passively and take whatever comes your way and nobody will know the difference. Nothing will change.
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