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Two Difficult Meeting Planner Personality Styles

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:16 PM

Recently I was a keynote speaker for a conference where the meeting planner was cagey and hard to get in touch with. I wrestled with getting contact information from her to help me do pre conference Interviews.

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Tags: motivational talk, motivational speaker, meeting planners, keynote speaker for a conference

Keys to Happiness

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 @ 04:40 PM

A motivational speaker for a nursing conference recently quoted Robert Green Ingersoll who says "Happiness is not a reward — it is a consequence." Happiness is a by-product of our choices- how we spend our money, resources and especially time.

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Tags: keys to happiness, motivational speaker for a nursing conference, increase morale

How to Politely Say NO

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 @ 11:27 AM

Have you ever over-extended yourself because you kept saying yes to every request you get? Me, too.

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Tags: motivational talk, guest speaker, inspirational speaker

Multitasking is Inefficient

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 @ 12:40 PM

A keynote speaker at a nursing conference quoted researcher David Myer's findings that suggest multitasking makes you overall 25% less efficient when completing any single task. Multitasking diminishes productivity.

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Tags: keynote speaker for nursing conference, multitasking, productivity

Health and Wellness Speakers Panel Share Tips to Boost your Energy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

I was a speaker for a dieticians' conference where several health and wellness speakers on a panel shared tips on how to stay healthy.

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Tags: health and wellness speakers, speaker for dieticians, boost energy

Fun Team building Activities

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

Are you developing a staff meeting and looking for a new and different way to engage people and develop team building skills? Try some of the teambuilding activities below:

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Tags: motivational speaker, team building activities, guest speaker for transportation event

Humorous Safety Labels

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

I was a guest speaker for a Health and Safety conference where the event thoroughly pushed health and safety standards at every opportunity.

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Tags: guest speaker for health and safety conference, workplace safety, humorous safety labels

How to Keep Your Guest Speaker and Your Agenda on Time

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ 02:12 PM

Controlling an agenda is not easy, especially when the guest speakers don't finish on time.

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Tags: motivational speaker, guest speaker, guest speakers, event agenda

Understanding Conference Expenses

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 @ 01:13 PM

Attending a conference is time consuming and expensive. Before you can decide if you can attend an event you need to understand what expenses will be involved.

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Tags: keynote motivational speaker, guest speakers, workshop, conference

How to Thank a Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

I was a funny motivational speaker for a franchise conference where the meeting planner did a fabulous job of thanking me. Her thank you was warm, personalized and very meaningful. I went away feeling elated and truly appreciated.

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Tags: motivational speech, meeting planner, keynote speaker for franchise conference

How to Hire Canadian Motivational Speakers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 @ 08:36 AM

I was keynote speaker for a canadian franchise conference; where the meeting planner suggested she had a hard time figuring out how to hire Canadian Motivational speakers. She wanted a speaker from Canada because of potential work visa issues she had to deal with in the past.

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Tags: meeting planner, canadian motivational speakers, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers

Nurses Week Celebration- Try a Theme!

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:46 PM

Nurses are at the heart of what happens in health care. Although nurses should be recognized daily, Nurses Week, is a designated week when hospitals take time out to appreciate the contribution nurses make.

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Tags: motivational speaker for Nurses Week, nursing week celebration ideas, nurses week guest speaker

Conference Networking Tips

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 @ 03:05 PM

My friend Sanja is a fabulous networker. She is my go- to person about what's up in our city. She is connected and knows what is going on and best of all is prepared to help others by facilitating contact and connection.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, conference networking

Inspirational Speaker for Area Agencies on Aging

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 01:43 PM

I am an inspirational speaker for the California Association of Area Agency on Aging ( C4A) Conference on November 15, 2011 in Los Angelas, CA.

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How to Plan an Out of Town Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 12:13 PM

Meeting planners often design events in cities they do not live; adding logistical challenges.

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Tags: after dinner speaker, meeting planners, keynote speakers

6 things Learned from Interviewing Conference Delegates

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 08, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

As a keynote speaker for state association events I usually interview 4 or 5 delegates before the conference. From this interview process, I learn a lot about an industry and specific jobs.

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Tags: keynote speaker for state association, state association, eventsevent

Guest Speaker for School Personnel Administrators

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:26 PM

On December 1, 2011, I am a guest speaker for the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators, a state chapter of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. The audience is comprised of K-12 public education personnel/human resource leadership professionals from across michigan.

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Tags: leadership, guest speaker for school administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administr

How to Deal with an Overbearing Parent

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 01, 2011 @ 01:44 PM

Last month I was a speaker for a group of school administrators. During one of the conflict management workshops we had a heated discussion about disciplining students. It turns out the root of the conflict wasn't the student at all, instead it was his overbearing mother.

The scenario went like this...

When a child is caught swearing in the playground, the principle calls the students mother to report what happened. He explained that as a standard form of discipline the child will have to eat lunch alone in the classroom for a couple of days. The overbearing mother is livid, refusing to allow the school to discipline her child. She insists on picking her daughter up for lunch for the next few days ;essentially rewarding her daughters behavior.

How should the leadership manage this conflict? In the workshop we discussed how conflict comes wrapped up in many issues, so we have to break apart the dilemma to analyze the best recourse.

Issues at the root of this conflict are...

The Mother is overstepping her boundaries at school and suggesting her child does not have to follow the rules.

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Tags: leadership, conflict management, Speaker for school administrators, overbearing mother workshops

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