I have been a motivational speaker for over 15 years. One of the most common questions I hear is how do you handle stage fright or the anxiety and nervousness that comes from speaking in public.
Much is going wrong in the world today. Corruption, lying, destruction, bullying.
On March 25- 26, 2014, I am a motivational speaker for the New Jersey Courts system. The purpose of the event is to boost morale, appreciate court staff and decrease stress.
What do I need to do to get this person to change? This is a question people grapple with constantly.
It can be daunting to challenge others when you feel violated or angry.
Speaking up can render some people useless to the point where they just give up.
The sad truth is that so many people don't have the guts to express their concerns openly. Trouble is, many chronic challenges may come from this inability to speak up. As we cover up our emotions they only get worse.
Why are we so afraid to speak up?
I was a motivational speaker for a group of school support staff last march. One of the key challenges they have is getting all generations to embrace online communication.
I was a motivational speaker for a healthcare organization recently where the program planner organized some fun, lively games to help engage the crowd. Audience participation and interaction kept people engaged and involved in the experience.
Here are a couple activities the guest speakers facilitated:
The Telephone. In this speech activity, start a message at the beginning of a row and have it be verbally communicated progressively down the row to the last person. Once it hits the final person in the row, have them compare the final message with the original one. Peels of laughter often result as people find the message is drastically different as it passes down the line.
Tie the lesson to how messages get distorted, misinterpreted and altered as they move through different people.
To further amplify the activity tie the messages to content reinforced in the meeting.
Innovation builders. Table of 6 to 8 people each get a bag of marshmallows and a bag of straight pretzels. Teams are instructed to build something innovative, preferably related to the meeting theme with the materials. Give the groups 5 minutes to build something. When time is up vote on the mist innovative design.
A variation to the motivational speech activity is to instruct groups to build the highest freestanding structure.
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the healthcare organization. The fun activities between guest speakers really kept people engaged and tied in key concepts.
I am in boston to be a motivational speaker for a corporate event. The motivational speech is set to start in 35 minutes. Given that the conference is over 15 miles away and traffic is moving mere millimetres a minute, I feel very uneasy.
My tension builds as the minutes slowly roll on. I know that internally I am getting myself worked up, but I can't help it. The more I think about my predicament, the worse I feel. I am supposed to be a motivational speaker for over 400 corporate leaders in less than half an hour. These successful professionals will not be impressed with my tardiness.
Boston freeways are unpredictable and I continue to berate myself for not taking an earlier flight.
Finally there is a break in traffic and we get closer to the horrific traffic scene. Driving by the wreck I see that it is a simple fender bender. I feel my anger grow as I realize that this mild fender bump has caused me, not to mention hundreds of other passengers, to waste our time, waste gas and be late for our appointments. Now I am really worked up, tense and vehemently angry and about to give a motivational speech.
This is where those magical relaxation techniques are crucial. Here is how I instantly clear my head and start to unwind:
Breathe. One of the quickest ways to center yourself is through your breathe. A couple of deep breathes can instantly bring body and mind back in center. I use this routine: Take a deep breathe while counting to ten. Hold the breathe for a count of five. Let go. Repeat this several times.
Visualize. Imagine yourself being the way you want to be. If your next activity requires you to be confident and relaxed then imagine yourself being this way. In as clear detail as possible, imagine walking confidently into a room -relaxed, centered and energized. Visualize interacting this way.
Fake it. Even if you are overwhelmed and stressed out, pretend your not. Act like a relaxed, confident person and eventually your body will catch up.
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the corporate event. I used the breathing technique several times in the cab, while they were introducing me I visualized a confident, humorous motivational speech. Finally, if I'm really worn out I just fake my enthusiasm until it catches!
A five minute stand up comedy routine is jam packed with over 20 punch lines. This means there is the opportunity to bomb ( or succeed) 20 times in as little as five minutes.
The new CEO got up to give a motivational speech about the state of the company and state of the industry.
Pathology and lab services have been through some tough changes. Dramatic reductions in reimbursement codes have caused many lab organizations to drastically reduce costs and streamline services. Add to this Obama care has forced many out of business or to consolidate or merge.
In his motivational speech, the CEO drew the interesting analogy that operating in this rough business environment was like being a nice house in a rough neighborhood. You get knocked around a lot, you have to be prepared, stay aware, do more work with limited resources, streamline and cut back.
In the case of American Pathology Partners, they have merged three locations: Unipath labs in Denver, Eastern Carolina Pathology in Wilson, NC and Palm Beach Pathology in West Palm Beach, Florida. The company has had a tough year, however given everything they continue to invest millions into growth. Overall they are outperforming other boutique labs and key competitors.
As the analogy goes they are in a nice house in a rough neighborhood. Ap2 has upgraded and continues to invest in there drive to provide exceptional patient outcomes. In this environment, their house is nice but it's still a rough neighborhood.
All business goes in cycles, as the industry evolves, the neighborhood will improve and the hard work will pay off.
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the American Pathology Partners Leadership Conference, I delivered the Motivational Speech, Daring to be Caring, Leading a Spirited Healthcare Team and the Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!
What makes a great leader? This is a question that is tossed around and mulled over hundereds of times a day. Everybody has a philosophy or a vague idea but nobody really knows the answer. The trouble is the definition of leadership changes so quickly. It has to. To keep up with change in society leaders have to keep changing. Like trying to hit a moving target, leaders have to be clear, focused yet flexible enough to adapt when you don't know what you are adapting to.