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Does a Canadian Motivational Speaker Have an Accent?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

I was a motivational speaker at a large american women's conference and an audience member said I don't sound canadian enough.  Apparently I dont have a canadian Accent? What accent do canadians have? Why do people say that? Americans like to mock canadian accents with some harmless heckling. Some delegates tell me that the canadian accent is irritating and often immitated.

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Tags: canadian Motivational Speaker, motivational speaker for women conference

Secrets to Get and Stay Miserable

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 @ 01:58 PM

Some difficult people have mastered the art of being miserable. Yet in the end, no matter who you are, there has got to be something good in your life.

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Tags: motivational speaker, employee retreat, difficult people

Guest Speaker for City of Calgary Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 @ 10:55 AM

On October 26, 2011, I am a motivational speaker for the city of calgary Children and Youth Services Event.

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Tags: Motivational Speaker in Calgary, guest speaker for city of calgary, Community Neighborhood Services

How to Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:20 AM

Staying ahead of the game in any industry is challenging. This article is written to help you navigate your options to get the necessary CEU's to get or stay accredited.

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Tags: motivational speaker, conference, guest speakers, CEU's

Motivational Speaker Probes Dentists

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 @ 12:54 PM

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Tags: motivational speaker for dental professionals, dental hygienist, Dental convention

Sample Home Party Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 11:36 AM

A good friend of mine started her own business, Mi Nena Bowtique. She makes a beautiful hair bows and ribbons and sells them at home parties.

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Tags: motivational speech, home party speech, sample speech

Keynote Speaker for Librarians, Marilyn Johnson

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 @ 01:12 PM

I was a keynote speaker for the Colorado Library Association this month. One of the other keynote speakers was Marilyn Johnson, the author of, This Book is Overdue.

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Tags: motivational talk, keynote speakers, keynote speaker for librarians

Keynote Speaker Chases Storms

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 @ 01:01 PM

I was a keynote speaker at the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers' Association this month where the other keynote speaker was thrill seeker, Greg Johnson.

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Tags: keynote speaker, motivational talk, Assessment Appraisers

Why Hire a Humorous Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 02:24 PM

People come to meetings to have a unique learning experience.

Lethargy, boredom, and the doing the same thing, over and over again, results in meeting attrition. Your conference may be crying out for a new twist.

People attend a conference for two reasons: networking and speakers. They also want to experience something they wouldn't experience otherwise. Given adults only laugh 15- 20 times a day, laughing is just what audiences need.

Humor has a big impact on learning. It aids in memory, creates focus, wakes people up and recharges audience energy levels. 

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Tags: humorous motivational speaker, conference, laughter

How to Find Industry Guest Speakers for your State Association

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

I was recently a keynote speaker for a group of association executives where they pooled ideas on how to find engaging, cutting edge industry speakers.

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Tags: association speakers, keynote speaker for associations, industry speakers

Guest Speaker, Please don't be Boring

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Sat, Oct 15, 2011 @ 10:03 PM

Charged with giving a speech, a guest speaker has a choice to overwhelm the audience with terse content or enrich the content to make it more palpable.

Many guest speakers struggle to engage a crowd.

Never ending content is by far the quickest way  to have a few people nodding off, below is a list of things a guest speaker does that causes a speech to be a bore

  • Speak in monotone. I used to have a university professor who had No inflection in his voice. His lecture was Guaranteed to be a snoozer
  • Disorganized and unprepared guest speakers will not hold an audience and their point will get lost in the chaos
  • Overusing words like uh
  • I'm sorry but you have to stop apologizing. One of the surest way to undermine your speech is to stumble over your point and mutter your regrets. The audience likely wouldn't know the difference, so skip the apologies and carry on
  • Leaning lethargically on the podium conveys a guest speaker lack of interest in the audience
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Tags: guest speaker, speech, guest speakers

Meeting Planner Learns the Hard Way

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 04:45 PM

I was a keynote speaker for a hospitality industry conference last week.  The meeting planner had just come back from a one year maternity leave. She was now in the throws of seeing a huge conference collapse.

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Tags: guest speakers, meetings planners, keynote speakers, keynote speaker for hospitality industry

The Serious Side of Lightening Up

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

I recently was a funny guest speaker for a group of government employees. There was a concern that encouraging them to lighten up would take away from the importance and seriousness of their work.

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Tags: motivational speaker, funny guest speaker for government employees, lighten up

Forms of Inappropriate Humor in the Workplace

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

Inappropriate and offensive joke telling is offensive and inappropriate.This is the lowest, unclever and cheapest form of humor around.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Humor in the workplace, inappropriate humor

How to Calm Someone Down

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 05, 2011 @ 08:24 AM

When I am a speaker on conflict management I discuss techniques to calm down an angry or aggressive person.

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Tags: conflict, speaker on conflict management, calm down

Why Goofing Around at Work Boosts Morale

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Oct 03, 2011 @ 04:01 PM

Laughing at work is not meant to undermine performance or productivity. Appropriately used, it will do the opposite.

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Tags: corporate event, corporate motivational speaker, humorous motivational speech, boost morale

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