The closing motivational keynote speaker for the DPI Canada program was Peter Mansbridge. Peter is the chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National. Peter delivered his motivational speech, Canada and Canadians in a Changing World.
Last week I had the pleasure of watching Duncan Stewart, a guest speaker at the DPI event, deliver his speech, Technology has Gone Mainstream.
Last week, I was a motivational speaker for a group of public service professionals. It was the DPI, association for public service information professionals gala evening event.
Yesterday I went to see a naturopatic doctor for the first time. The reason for the visit is I have noticed over the last year that I get increasingly agitated and anxious over things that used to never bother me.
On March 19, 2013, I was a motivational speaker for a health clinic in Tucson Arizona. The clinic is spread across the valley and serves over 800 patients per year.
The guest speaker suggested that it's not that people do more stupid things online- it's just that the stupidity of their actions are amplified.
The Influence of social media is growing exponentially. A USA today article published last week suggested that Twitter, (which is 7 years old )counts over 400 million users per day. In 2007 it was only 5000 tweets per day.
The guest speaker asked the audience about the stupid mistakes they see made( because we never admit to our own mistakes) on twitter and facebook. There was no shortage of dimwitted misuses of the technology.
Some of the interesting ones were:
- calling in sick and than sending out hourly tweets about the great shopping deals found at the local mall.
- announcing new product launches or layoffs before they are released to the public.
- Blatantly lying about your whereabouts on facebook where the people you were actually with can see the misrepresentation.
- Starting rumors online
- Going on a verbal rampage humiliating a manager
- posting a private message on somebody's wall
Having fun at work is not an add- on or a perk that we consider from time to time to boost morale. Instead, its an integral way of being while at work. Many people are taught that having fun is something we do when all the work is over. Yet fun shouldn't be earned by hard work but is the zest that helps get the job done.
On May 1, 2013 I am the opening motivational speaker for the Newfoundland & Labrador Occupational Health & Safety Association, 57th Annual Safety Conference.