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Motivational Speakers Break Away from PowerPoint Crutch

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 @ 02:10 PM

The first version of PowerPoint was released in 1987, since than this presentation technology has permeated many motivational speakers presentations, for better or for worse.

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Tags: motivational speakers, motivational talks, PowerPoint

Assessment Appraisers' Inspirational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 @ 11:41 AM

On October 5, 2011 I will be an Inspirational Speaker for the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers' Association. Approximately 100 property assessors will gather at the Ramada Inn in Regina Sk.

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Tags: Inspirational Speaker for Assessment Appraisers, property assessors, conflict management workshop

It's not Conflict, it's just Misunderstanding

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 @ 12:49 PM

Few people thrive on conflict. Where do you stand? When your opinions and actions bump up against others do you speak your mind or slink into the shadows, hoping not to be noticed?

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Tags: conflict, corporate motivational speaker, speaker on conflict

How to Deal with Broken Promises

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 03:29 PM

As a motivational speaker at a recent franchise conference I suggested there are several ways to deal with unmet expectations:

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Tags: leadership, motivational speaker for a franchise conference, hold others accountable

Motivational Speakers 3 Speech Activities for a Large Crowd

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

Motivate, inspire and increase interaction at any event by borrowing some activities from Improv. Highly interactive motivational talks and workshops can take an event from blah and boring to memorable and impressive.

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Tags: workshop, motivational speakers, motivational keynote speaker, motivational talks

Team Morale Boosters

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 @ 04:46 PM

Any motivational speaker would agree that a pep talk wears off and you need continual reinforcement to keep the inspiration alive.

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Tags: leadership, motivational speaker, morale boosters, motivational talks

Tips for an Academic Guest Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 @ 02:43 PM

Academic guest speakers tend to be very smart and have a lot of information in their head;trying to get it out of their mouth in the form of a speech can prove difficult.

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Tags: motivational speaker, guest speaker, speech

Template: Letter to Request to Attend a Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 @ 01:15 PM

As a follow-up to our blog post How to Write a Motivational Speech; below is a template for a customizable letter to your manager to get permission and funding to attend a conference.


Dear <Manager>

I would like to attend the <conference name, dates, venue> Annual Conference.

The conference theme is<conference theme>, and it is the premier event for <your industry>professionals. This year's agenda focuses on< insert specifics> that are very relevant to my job challenges right now.

The conference features many industry guest speakers, a funny motivational speaker, workshops and motivational talks that will greatly benefit my work. <give specific program information and agenda> For example, the motivational talk, How to communicate with anyone and get better results, will help me reformat my recruitment efforts make it more efficient.

Networking with the conference trade show vendors and the funny motivational speakers will prove to be invaluable for me. I plan to visit three key vendors at the conference < insert three vendor names> to help assist me with <our current budget restructuring needs (insert your own) >.

Please check out the conference website <www.insertconference.com>. I have been following the conference twitter stream<@conference>, and there is a lot of buzz about this event!

The cost to attend the conference will be the registration fee, travel expenses, hotel, a meal per diem and parking. I also wish to participate in the evening after dinner funny motivational speaker as it will be a great networking and learning opportunity.

The total cost for the conference is <fill in the blank>. The detailed cost breakdown is listed in the paragraph below.

Here is my estimated breakdown of conference costs:

Conference Fee:

Additional After Dinner Event and Inspirational Guest Speakers:


Transportation to and from Hotel:



Total :

I am confident you will see this as a worthwhile investment. It is an opportunity for me to network with industry vendors, meet the motivational keynote speaker, attend valuable educational sessions and gain specific industry knowledge. My attendance at this conference is a wise investment and will pay off for years to come.

Present this letter to your manager along with the detailed agenda and list of vendors. 

Meeting Planners: you are welcome to use this template to help delegates get approval to attend your conference.
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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, motivational talks, inspirational keynote speaker

Motivational Speaker Malfunctions in Humid Climate

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

My new industrial strength MAC lipgloss melted off my lips while I was speaking for a group of government employees in Hilton Head Florida. The air conditioner was broken and I could feel the sweat forming on my brow.

I don't live in a humid climate but the event reminded me how humidity reeks havoc on your hair and make up. By the end of my motivational talk I had lipstick smeared all over my teeth and mascara splattered on my cheekbones. My hair lay limp and lifeless against my head. Just in time for photo opportunities.

I am not exaggerating to say I looked like a complete mess. What a distraction it must have been for the audience to stare at a Version of the rocky horror show giving a motivational talk. Like most things I shrug it off but am reminded of the unique challenges of being a female motivational speaker.

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Tags: motivational talk, speaker for government employees, female motivational speaker

Hotels Scramble During Largest Power Outage Ever

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 @ 06:49 PM

On september 8, 2011, the largest power outage in history swept across the state of California, Arizona and parts of Mexico.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational talk, comfort inn

Motivational Speaker for Government Finance Officers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 03:54 PM

On September 16, 2011 I am scheduled to be a motivational speaker for the Washington Finance Officers Association Conference in Spokane, Washington.

The event draws over 500 government finance professionals from across the State of Washington and will feature several motivational speakers and motivational talks.

My pre-event interviews have revealed that government finance is not an easy job. Although it has taken a while for the effects of the recession to trickle down to the state budget level, it has now hit the bottom line full force. Shaving every last dime from an already skeletal budget is no easy task.

Another stress is dealing with council members. These elected officials may not have any significant business background, yet they are armed with the ability to direct their district's funding. Money makes the world go around! Putting money into one pocket usually means taking it from another, and balancing these demands and resources is not easy.

Added to this challenge, government finance officers are all subject to state audits, a process designed to ensure districts are safeguarding taxpayer dollars. State auditors review grants, make sure all proper paperwork is in place, process cash receipts, and audit system controls.  This is a great safeguard for public assets, but the time necessary to collect and explain data can have a real impact on the stress levels at the office being audited.

Government finance professionals do have the satisfaction of knowing their work makes a difference in the community, which is usually what calls them to this often stressful line of work.

As the closing motivational speaker for the government finance officers I will be doing a motivational talk about surviving and thriving change. It will be my contribution to keeping government productive!

Other motivational speaker conference resources like how to get your boss to send you to a conference can be found here.

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Tags: conference, motivational talk, Motivational speaker for government finance office

Motivational Speaker Lost in the Dark

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 @ 11:29 AM

I was scheduled to be a motivational speaker for the San Diego County Office of Education on September 9th.  At approximately 11 pm on September 8th, the event was cancelled. See our blog post, Motivational Speaker for Office of Education.

The states of California and Arizona and parts of mexico suffered one of the largest power outages in history, one that lasted close to ten hours and disrupted power across a lot of geography and affected over a million people. 

The San Diego County school superintendent had a tough decision to make: hold out and hope the power would be restored or cancel this long-anticipated event. With over 1200 people scheduled to attend, he had to act fast. All schools and buses in San Diego had already been cancelled, so the impending fate of the event seemed inevitable.

Ultimately, the event was postponed. I am still very eager to be a motivational speaker for the office of education when the event can be rescheduled.

The planning committee, including members of VEBA, the employee benefits program who is sponsoring the event, is an incredibly passionate, dedicated and organized group. Everyone has worked really hard to make this event a success - which it will be, when it happens. It just goes to show how in the meetings and events industry, some of the best laid plans can be derailed.

I will be giving a funny motivational speech for the office of education staff and I'm sure we will have a lot to laugh about.

Motivational Speaker Notes on the Benefits of Laughter

Read out Blog, How a Funny Motivational Speech laughs pain away.

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Tags: event, Motivational speaker for office of education, funny motivational speech

Office of Education Funny Guest Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 03:20 PM

On September 9, I will be the humorous guest speaker for the San Diego County Office of Education All Staff Workshop. This highly anticipated event will draw over 1,000 professionals who work for the office of education.

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Tags: speaker for office of education, humorous guest speaker, Salmon Khan

Motivational Talk Laughs Pain Away

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

A motivational talk is no easy endeavor with a headache tugging at my brain!

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Tags: motivational talk, humorous motivational speaker for credit union emp, value of laughter

Utility Guest Speaker Creates Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 07, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

Recently I was a leadership speaker for a utility company staff appreciation event.

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Tags: leadership, guest speaker, Leadership speaker for utility company, staff appreciation event

Wyoming Nursing Home Conference Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 @ 09:50 PM

I am a motivational speaker for the Wyoming Nursing Home Conference on September 7, 2011, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This event is put on by the Quality Health Care Foundation of Wyoming for nursing homes managers and front line long-term care professionals.

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Tags: motivational speaker for long- term care, long-term care conference, Quality Health Care Foundation of Wyoming

Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services Conference Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 02, 2011 @ 02:43 PM

I am a humorous speaker for  the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services conference on September 15, 2011. The theme of the event is Financial Fitness Forum.

I will be the motivational speaker for the credit counsellors during the awards luncheon celebrating members who have successfully obtained their Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada designation and their OACCS Certified Credit Counsellor designation. We will celebrate, recognize and laugh. I will remind the audience that taking yourself lightly helps you keep some emotional distance from what could be some emotionally draining cases.

Professionals in the credit counselling industry deal with a lot of stress everyday as they help their clients. A normal part of the job is to get phone calls and inquiries from people who are behind on bills, losing their job or being evicted from their home. In most cases people are so far behind on their bills that they don't know where to turn, which is where the credit counsellor steps in to provide emotional support and advice, and to help negotiate with creditors, provide resources, referrals and support in the community.

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Tags: motivational speaker, conference speaker, conference speakers

How to Calm an Idiot- Conflict Management Workshop

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 @ 06:49 AM

I am a speaker for a financial services professionals organization presenting a Conflict Management Workshop. I have been doing my pre-presentation interviews and I am amazed and some of the things financial professionals have to put up with.

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Tags: conflict management workshop, speaker for financial professionals, financial services professionals

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