Changing behaviours and habits is very challenging. The problem is the things we should do to effect change are often uncomfortable or boring. Which is why most change efforts fail.
I was a motivational speaker for a large nurses conference where I heard about an interesting study by Stanford Psychologist, Lee Ross.
Dr Ross had subjects play a game in which they could either cooperate or compete.
Half the subjects were told it was called the Community Game and the other half were told it was the Wall Street Game. Both groups played exactly the same game. The only difference between the two groups was the name of the games were different.
In each round subjects had to decide whether to share money with others or keep it for themselves.
The study found the second group ( Wall Street)was far more likely to steal, lie and cheat. By relating their actions to images of Wall Street they were able to justify these behaviors.
Those who called the game community felt good about sacrificing for the greater good.
What this compelling research shows is the power of labels. It has implications to boost morale at work as it illustrates how people label their work matters. If you call your work meaningless and boring than it will be.
On May 1, 2014, I am a closing motivational keynote speaker for the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses ( ASPAN) 33rd National Congress. The theme of the event is Dealing with Challenges, Winning with Power, Practice and Purpose.
Decide in advance how you will respond when temptation strikes and you are far more likely not to be derailed from your goals( according to the book, Change Anything).
Only specific rules and not vague guidelines will work.
You can turn bad days into good data by recognizing the situations that cause you to give in and create rules to support your success.
For instance many people complain they are overwhelmed, can't complete projects and aren't getting to-do lists done. When you analyze it , the reason is likely they get sidetracked throughout the day and have to put out fires. Thus, important work gives way to the urgent.
- Examine when and where you currently fall back into bad habits
- Identify crucial moments....studies show the moments where you are dying to give in are actually few and far between. When are they for you?
- Look for conditions that create the greatest temptation for you. Different times, around certain people, certain situations, or certain emotional states...
On April 30, 2014 I am a motivational keynote speaker of the Head to Toe Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
To maximize productivity in a time starved work environment, it helps to understand the workings of the brain. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain where complex planning and decision making takes place.
I was in line at the grocery store when the cashier ringing through the groceries says,and I'll add a Kit kat chocolate bar to your bill? I said no. She gestures behind me, I turn around to see my four year old son munching on the chocolate.
On April 8, 2014, I am a motivational speaker for the Case Management Society of America( CSMA),Chesapeake Chapter.
On April 12, 2014 I am a motivational speaker for the Ponoka Agriculture Society Women's Conference.
I was recently a motivational speaker for a global meeting planners summit. I attended a sold out session that focused on boosting conference sponsorship.
Unanimously, delegates agreed that if sponsors don't feel recognized they will not sponsor events in the future.
During the working session we drafted the following Sponsorship Thank you Letter:
Dear (XYZ company, or particular people involved in sponsoring)
The (Insert Conference Name) wishes to genuinely thank you for supporting our 26th annual conference.
Thanks to your sponsorship, support and participation, we put on an exceptional event with over 40 guest speakers, two funny motivational speakers, four networking events and the closing banquet. Over 350 people ( be specific about who attended- medical technologists, probation officers, etc.) attended the event.
Hundreds of volunteer hours went into creating this event. As you know, the ( insert) industry has been through a lot of change, and it is critical for our delegates to have the opportunity to come together to appreciate these changes and prepare for the future.
Thank you for investing the time and resources to help recognize and appreciate our delegates and provide cutting edge education for the industry.
(Make the thank you as accurate as possible to those involved)
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Claudius Jones, and his dedicated team Jennifer Justice, Caeli Bronx, and Tim Smithers.
We sincerely appreciate their time and efforts during the event- setting up and taking down exhibits, introducing the funny motivational speaker and for attending the networking summit. We’d also like to thank XYZ Company for providing quality products and valuable support and education for our delegates at the vendor booths.
We visited the booth several times, and it was very popular. The ( XYZ Companies) new technology is a valuable piece to support the co-payments for insurers and delegates were keen to hear about it.
Your prizes and giveaways were a great hit!
We hope that we can count on your sponsorship in the future. If there is any way we can increase the value for you for your sponsorship dollar, please let us know.
Thank you again for all of your generous support, we could not have done it without you!
We look forward to your participation again next year; our conference date is ( insert date), and we will contact you ( insert date).
Your Conference Team ( insert specific names)
I was a motivational speaker for a large meeting planners summit recently. During one of the guest speakers sessions we drafted a script that could be used specifically to call potential sponsors to get secure sponsorship. We agreed that today it's necessary to call people because it creates that personal touch that is often lost in email and social media.
If you want to request to attend a conference and want your employer to pay for it; you will need to be really clear on what the expenses involved will be.
I was a motivational speaker for the courts where we discussed a difficult work relationship one of the delegates has. The TCA( top court administrator) hired a friend who was taking advantage of the friendship and coming in late for work.
Depression has hit my life. I don't personally experience it, other than the occasional glum mood. Yet, like most people, I have friends and family members who pop pills in hopes of normalizing their moods.
On April 2, 2014 I am a humorous motivational speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Association( PADONA).