Thanks to the addictive nature of web browsing, I have a very short attention span- possibly 10 seconds or less. With all the information flying at me I have developed ways to tune out the excess noise. Using gatekeepers like Tivo- I fast forward tv commercials, I am on several Do not Call Lists and use spam filters and Pop up Blockers to keep out unwanted distractions.
I was motivational speaker for a conference of education administrators. During the break they ushed in a group of 8 year olds who nervously collected at the front of the room and started singing christmas carols.
As an inspirational speaker people ask me how I come up with your motivational talks. Truth is over 80% of any inspirational speech I have repeated over 100 times. This makes it easy, because the content has been used before and I know what typical reaction it will illicit.
Knowing how to annoy people may not be your top priority this holiday season- but maybe it should be.
Last May I was a motivational speaker for a conference for educators, that day i was fortunate enough to meet Bob Koehler.
With the economy in the tank and budget balancing acts affecting the front line; bad news flies at us daily. To keep people from falling into a motivational slump, leadership needs to continually spark inspiration.
I was recently a keynote speaker for a franchise conference where the event fell apart because it didn't have a facilitator to add structure and keep the agenda on time. A good facilitator guides the event forward, manages audience and guest speakers expectations, and keeps the agenda on time.
Never be afraid to negotiate with anyone. If the only thing standing between you and a inviting a great motivational speaker to your event is your budget, the potential speaker may be willing to negotiate the difference with the following negotiation tactics:
I was a motivational speaker for a transportation conference where they had an improptu holiday christmas party at the tail end of the event. It was unique and genuinely meaningful so I asked the meeting planner if I could share some of the ideas with others.
Some leadership conferences neglect making special efforts to welcome first time conference delegates. This is a mistake as new blood in an organization is critical to innovation and future success.