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Motivational Speaker for the Alberta Food Matters Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 04:40 PM

On April 30, 2016, I am a humourous closing motivational speaker for the Alberta Food Matters conference. The event, organized by alberta health services is themed, Connect, Collaborate, Cultivate, and is being held at the Bernard Snell Hall at the University of Alberta.

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Motivational speaker for the Yukon Childcare Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 04:40 PM

On April 29, 2016, I am a humorous motivational speaker for the Yukon Child Care Association Conference. 

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Motivational Speaker for Alberta Assessors Association

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:07 PM

On April 28, 2016, I am a humorous motivational speaker for the Alberta Assessors Association at the Marriott River Cree in Edmonton, Alberta.

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How to Write a Call for Speakers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 04:31 PM

It's that time a year again, where I typically fill out a lot of Call for Speakers Proposals.

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Motivational speaker for Taco John's Franchise

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

On April 12, 2016, I was a motivational speaker for the Taco John's Franchisee meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Close to 200 franchise owners attended the event. 

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How to Give a Motivational Speech to Deliver Bad News

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 @ 02:15 PM

Delivering bad news is never fun. Some people will avoid it at all costs. The trouble is, the problems persist, and people ignore it. That feeling of discomfort gnaws at you and consistently grows. 
 
Here,  ignorance is not bliss,  because it comes at a significant toll on people's sanity. When we attempt to soften the blow and avoid delivering difficult information, people grow suspicious. 
 
It is far better to create a culture that tells it like it is and puts problems and bad news out in the open. When people know what they can expect, they are more purposeful on how to fix it. If you have to deliver bad news to a group, it's best to start by addressing the whole group, rather than each individually. This way people don't feel excluded and uncertainty and fear grow. Thus your message will be catered to the group and how it impacts the team.
 
Even if you're delivering bad news, it should still be considered a motivational speech .  Your aim should be to leave people in a positive place and not depress them.   A speech  that inspires people gives them hope and perspective, so this has to be the goal. 
 
If you don't consider it a motivational speech, your presentation may evolve around bringing people down. After all, bad things can still produce needed change, so there is usually some good that can come out of bad news. If the tone of your message is depressing, it will scare people and cause them to retreat.
 
To deliver bad news, start by recognizing people for what works. Celebrate quirks, accomplishments, and successes to bring down defenses and show you are aware of the big picture. 
 
Never deliver bad news to people already on the defensive. More than likely, they will take it personally. Once the audience   is appropriately primed , it's best to get right to the bad news. Like removing a band-aid, get it over with quickly. 
 
People will grow skeptical if you dance around the truth. Your goal is to mobilize people around solutions so leave no doubt what the message is. 
 
Give a clear picture of what has happened and how it impacts the audience. When delivering bad news, it usually creates uncertainty. In the midst of these feelings, people need direction. Most leaders try to pad the message and offer condolences or support when what people need is a clear direction. Tell people what this news means to them, how it impacts their job and their future.
 
Make sure you are sincere and share your experiences and turmoil with the bad news. Express your feelings and relate personally to the   news . A short personal story   specifically   relating  to the   news  can bond the audience and create rapport.   Don't  go off on a tangent and make it all about you. 
 
Provide facts that support decisions and create an understanding of how we got to where we are.
 
Next, give the audience some time to soak it all in, while clarifying next steps or repercussions. 
 
Next,  facilitate open and honest discussion about the news. Be accountable for next steps and agree to be transparent. 
 
Finally, recognize the audience for what they have been through and are about to go through. Leave the group on a positive note. 
 
 
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How Does a Motivational Speech Boost Morale?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

A good motivational speech will temporarily inspire and prop people up. Yet, As stress continues to pile up back at work, the motivation will eventually fade. 
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Speaker for College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 01:41 PM

On April 9, 2016, I am a motivational speaker for the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Conference. The event, held at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree will attract over 400 Radiological Technologists, Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Technologists.

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