header_ph_img (403) 540-4055
Book Jody Urquhart Today!

Motivational Speaker Blog

Best and Worst Room Set-ups for a Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

Yesterday I was a guest speaker for a safety conference. When I arrived at the venue, I was surprised to discover that I was actually speaking in an ice rink - minus the ice, thankfully. 

Read More

Tags: keynote speaker, guest speaker, guest speaker for safety conference

Why Spouses Should be Invited to a Convention

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, May 27, 2011 @ 03:25 PM

I was a keynote speaker at a healthcare physicians conference where a lady approached me at the cocktail reception the night before my speech. I recognized her immediately- it was Barbara, who had hired me as a speaker for a nursing conference a year earlier.

Read More

Tags: Convention, keynote speaker, motivational speaker for a physician conference

How to Leave Your Work at Work

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 03:32 PM

A speaker at an HR conference presented 150 ways to be more productive. The trouble is that even if you followed every one of them, you would never fully feel caught up on your work.

Read More

Tags: speaker for HR Conference, motivational speaker, Humor in the workplace

How to Deal with Sarcasm

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, May 25, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

Sarcasm is not always welcome. It is a sly way of subtly making fun of someone, and because it is wrapped around humor people often get away with it.  But sarcasm is not always amusing.

Read More

Tags: conflict, speaker for a healthcare conference, funny motivational speaker

How to Work for an Idiot

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, May 24, 2011 @ 02:33 PM

Do you often find yourself baffled, working for an individual who seems completely clueless? Do ill-conceived, naive directives leave you blindsided, reeling in defense, left to pick up the pieces from their ignorance?

Read More

Tags: leadership, guest speaker, Motivational Speaker for HR Conference

Secrets to an Innovative Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 12:38 PM

Year after year, meeting planners try to create one of a kind events and every year it gets more and more difficult. Here are some ways to be innovative....

Read More

Tags: motivational speaker, meeting planner, Convention, event

Maintain Your Energy When you Travel

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, May 19, 2011 @ 01:55 PM

I spent nine days last month traveling around and speaking at conferences. It was an exhilarating and exhausting experience.

Read More

Tags: meeting planner, motivational speeches, motivational speaker

What to do If Your Guest Speaker Doesn't Show Up

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 12:09 PM

Several years ago, I was a closing speaker for a women's conference and the opening motivational speaker didn't show up.  It's not that she had something better to do, but she had fallen ill.

Read More

Tags: guest speaker, event planner, motivational speaker for a womens conference

Should you Hire a Funny Motivational Speaker or a Comedian?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, May 17, 2011 @ 12:16 PM

Audiences love to laugh. If you are searching solely for someone to make people laugh at your event, you can save a lot of money by hiring a comedian. Comedians can charge anywhere from $500-$2,000 and a funny motivational speaker can charge $2,000-$10,0000.

Read More

Tags: humorous motivational speaker, funny guest speaker, comedian

How a Guest Speaker can Control a Rowdy Audience

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, May 16, 2011 @ 11:20 AM

I was recently a guest speaker for a teachers' conference. Before my presentation, they had a prize giveaway and some announcements. As the emcee was announcing the winners, many delegates were talking, making it difficult for others to pay attention. When he finished and I went up to speak, he whispered to me... good luck.

Read More

Tags: guest speaker, motivational speaker for teachers conference

Upper Island Safety Conference Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 11:49 AM

On May 30, I am a speaker for the 2nd annual Upper Island Safety Conference.

Read More

Tags: humorous speaker for safety conference, safety conference

6 Reasons your Awards Ceremony is Killing Your Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 01:10 PM

Read More

Tags: inspirational speaker, event, conference, motivational speaker for health care, funny guest speaker at conferences

Manitoba Long Term Care Conference Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 10:22 AM

I am a  speaker for the Manitoba Long Term Care Conference on May 17, 2011. The theme of the conference is Inspiring All Who Care.

Read More

Tags: guest speaker, conference, speaker for long term care

It's the Experience, Stupid! John Young, Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

I was a speaker for the National Association of Career Colleges Convention last week and learned that the leaders of career colleges are a very discerning crowd.

Read More

Tags: motivational speaker for educators, plenary speaker, Career College Conference

5 Myths about Hiring a Funny Guest Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, May 09, 2011 @ 11:40 AM

Myth #1-Being funny is natural. Sure, so is driving.  So is ice skating.

Read More

Tags: funny guest speaker, funny motivational speeches, humorous motivational speaker for financial

Clues for a Guest Speaker to Size Up an Audience Before a Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

Audiences love to feel a part of a motivational speaker's presentation. Engaging the right people with funny interaction will decrease tension in the room and build rapport. Chumming with the influential audience member also creates an aura of influence. Equally important, engaging the wrong person will garner a cool reception and put the audience off.

Read More

Tags: guest speaker, motivational speech, speaker for HR Conference, funny motivational speaker

How Meeting Planners are Customer Service Superstars

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, May 05, 2011 @ 02:49 PM

At a recent healthcare event, I got onto the elevator to hear a sponsor publically berating the event.  Apparently, he would do things differently. His suggestions were vague and I wondered if he was just talking to hear the noise. I was a motivational speaker for this healthcare event. Imagine my horror when I glanced over my shoulder and realized the meeting planner was standing right behind me. He looked up and gave me a weak grin.  Everyone on the elevator was tense and uncomfortable and nobody said a word about this man's griping.

Read More

Tags: customer service, speaker for healthcare event, meeting planener, event planner

Older Generations are Inspired to use Social Media, Too

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, May 04, 2011 @ 10:03 AM

My grandmother is on Twitter. I thought it would take dragging her kicking and screaming to get her to buy into technology in this century, but I was wrong. Actually when I think about it, it's perfect for her. She is such a showboat. She loves to show off everything she does and now she can announce to the world through social media everything about her square dancing and card playing feats.

Read More

Tags: keynote speaker, speaker for admistrative professionals conference, hr speaker, social media

Customers Aren't First- Leadership Is

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, May 02, 2011 @ 01:09 PM

I was hired to be a funny motivational speaker for an Parks and Recreation HR conference, the theme was customer service. Many young parks and rec recruits sneer at the idea of faking enthusiasm for the sake of the customer.

Read More

Tags: leadership, customer service, funny motivational speaker for a parks and recreat

Follow Me

Subscribe to Email Updates

Buy Jody's Book

Motivational Speaker

Most Popular Posts

Posts by Month