Gen Y is the first generation to grow up with a computer in their home. It is very different world for leadership and change navigating the challenges of a multigenerational workplace. The average leaders spends 28% more time managing people than they did 30 years ago.
This summer we went hiking and camping in Banff National Park. One of the many parks we have access to within 90 minutes of our house. With soaring views of the rocky mountains, mother nature shows us her finest. There is no better way to boost your own morale than to get out of the hussle and bustle and come back to your center than to escape to our parks.
Change your environment. Their is nothing like a new splash of vibrant color in your home or work to add inspiration and energy.
I spend most of National Nurses Week traveling and Speaking as a Nurses Week Guest Speaker helping appreciate and recognize nurses. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
- In his motivational speeches,a Generational speaker, Jason Dorsey sited some very compelling research. I did a bit of digging and it is a real eye opener as to the diversity and values of our workforce today.
- Pew Research Centers Report on Generation Next ( 18 to 29 year olds), x and y generation, yearlong series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today’s teens and twenty-somethings. The report suggests that teenagers are confident, self expressive,liberal and receptive. They are also armed and dangerous thanks to technology. Through twitter, facebook and social networks they way to communicate immediately to the whole world.Their is now a new term called, Sexting, teenagers typing sexually oriented messages. Three quarters of the x and y generation have created a profile on social networking sites.
- One if five teenagers have posted a video of themselves online. 40% have a tattoo, one quarter have a peircing somewhere other than an earlobe.
- Only 60% were raised by both parents
- 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of themselves to someone else via text messaging.Likely not their parents.
- 15% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images of someone they know via text messaging on their cell phone.
Meeting Planners and the keynote speaker need to actively nurture attention to keep an audience engaged. It is harder today to compel people to pay attention because in the digital world the attention span has evolved to be less than 3 seconds at a time.
If you crave a world class Convention experience, consider Banff.
Every year HealthLeaders Media chooses 20 people who make a difference in healthcare. I was pleased to discover that Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, author of Speak Your Truth:Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication and Ending Nurse- to-Nurse Hostility, motivational speaker in the healthcare feild was one of the winners this year.
At a conference speaking, I often meet other speakers who have been "forced" to speak. Last month i was a keynote speaker at an agriculture convention and one of the break out session speakers said, "I am so nervous! What do i do?" I told her, If you have good information, presented clearly, your audience will be receptive no matter how nervous you are.
Most university professors aren't inspirational speakers. They can be boring, uninspiring and hard to relate to. To make our educational system more inspiring we would need to change the fundamental educational culture to emphasis learning, inspiration, interaction and self development.
You change the physical world with your thoughts! Ok I love this stuff. It is so trite and overdone. They say watch your thoughts and be more positive because the benefits are so amazing. Here is a video -more of a scientific description.Willful ignorance is disturbing. It is cruel to tell people to ignore reality and pretend everything is ok.
In January and february meeting planners and delegates start traveling to conventions.
I have pulled out an old copy of the book 10 secrets of success and inner peace by Wayne Dyer.It is an all time leadership classic. I have seen Dr Dyer give inspirational and motivational speeches at conferences on these secrets and his passion is very real.
How do you inspire people? One leadership train of thought is that inspiration flows from a vision statement. I once heard that a good company vision has two qualities:
The question I get alot is how do you become a Motivational speaker? The best answer is you just do it. Speak alot, everywhere they will listen, even if you are speaking for free ( however if someone wants to pay you, take their money). Once you get good at it ( 500 plus presentations later) usually people will ask you if you do this for other events,or for a living, and it builds from here.
At the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers convention in Montreal this month,Brian Lee, CSP was awarded the Spirit of CAPS Award.
During a leadership workshop we discussed how leadership spends too much time planning for fun instead of actually having it.
Have you ever thought, This would be funny if it wasn't happening to me? I really get that now, thanks to my son.
I am a keynote speaker at the Landscape Ontario Congress in January, 2011. The conference will attract landscape horticulture, retail garden centre, and nursery association members.
An expert in her industry, I met Jennifer at a conference where she was about to present her ideas in a workshop. She was very nervous. She said, "I hate these talks, my company keeps making me do them, I get very nervous and it takes up so much of my time to prepare for very little gain.”
In a recent guest lecture on leadership we spent the entire seminar discussing how much technology affects our ability to be good leaders. I did some follow up research and apparently it's a bigger problem than we think.
My first experience in business was with a girl I went to school with; she approached me to start a management consulting business with her. I had just graduated and so far I couldn't find a job, so it wasn't like I had any other options.
Why is it we only notice things when they go wrong? Why is it so hard to notice the positive and good things people do?
I was the keynote speaker at a conference this week where a delegate asked, "What are good public speaking topics?" Hmmm i had to think about it.