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Speaker for the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Services

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 04:49 PM

On October 6, 2016, I am a funny motivational speaker for FirstWork( the Ontario Association of Youth Employment Services. 

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Motivational Speaker for Southern Alberta Region Service providers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 06:11 PM

On October 5, 2016 I am a funny motivational speaker for the Southern Alberta Regional Service Providers Conference. This 30th Anniversary celebration will bring together executive directors and staff members from 22 organizations that provide support for adults with developmental disabilities in alberta.

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Sample Short Motivational Speech to Give Hope in Uncertainty

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 04:47 PM

Today, we don't get enough inspiration. Issues are often presented as problems and everything is disguised as stress. Some communities are starving for hope. Learn here how to write a motivational speech.

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The Elements of a Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:32 AM

Today, people need motivational speeches more than ever. A leader's greatest role is to inspire hope in others. There is really no better way to do this, than by motivating the troops with an inspirational speech. Below are some ideas on how to accomplish this heightened sense of hope and inspiration. 

Remember, every motivational speech should take the audience from where they are now, to a new, better reality. An audience should transform from the current reality to where you want them to be.

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A Sample Motivational Speech to Inspire Hope in Uncertainty

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Does your team suffer from heavy workloads, uncertainty or low morale? As a leader, the most critical thing you can do is bring them up and inspire hope is with an uplifting motivational speech.

Help your team understand their work is essential, out them back on purpose and show them they are survivors. As a motivational speaker, I know the best way to inspire people is not by email, twitter or a newsletter, but by giving a motivational speech

A great speech is about structure, timing and messaging. In writing a motivational speech, I like to use rhetorical devices like repetition to build momentum and offer a structure for the audience to hold onto. 

Below is a motivational speech, you can adapt to your situation. The objective is that by the end of the speech, you help your team build hope in uncertainty. The messaging is simple and generic so that any leader can adapt it to your work environment.

Motivational Speech to Inspire Hope in Uncertainty

Lately, times have been tough. We have seen resources go down and workloads go up, we have seen uncertainty rise.

We have all sacrificed. We have given up time with our families; our work has cut into our personal lives, we have lost our sense of balance.  I know some of us  come  to work every day filled with fear, resignation, and doubt.

In the midst of uncertainty, we have survived. These challenging times have tested our character, but we have not backed down. It has tested our perseverance, but we are still here. It has tested our team, and we are still strong.

Know that you have been through the worst, and it always gets better. ( unless it isn't)

You have struggled, you have stressed, you have worried, and it still gets better.

You have stayed up late at night, worrying about a future that seems unclear, and it always gets better.

The best we can do in challenging times is appreciate each other and celebrate what we have accomplished. Know that despite our challenges, we are still making a difference. 

Do not struggle in silence, share your story, not as a victim, but as a survivor.

Today, we should be Proud. Proud of ourselves, Proud or accomplishments, Proud of our Team.

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Adapt this motivational speech to your situation. Add in specific accomplishments to show how things have gotten better. As a concise motivational speech, it does not have the typical open, body and close structure most longer speeches have. Instead, it has one repetitive message of hope. To lengthen this speech you can add stories and examples. People will always remember stories more than they do facts.  

The Inc.com article about writing a speech does an excellent job of outlining the basics of a good talk. The truth is most speeches are not impactful because they are crammed full of information. On average though, the audience will only remember 2 to 3 ideas(by the next week). 

Today, audience attention spans are so low, and people are so distracted, we have to make sure we keep our message simple. The repetition helps to reinforce ideas, so people remember them.

I am hired as a funny motivational speaker, so I always use humor to grab audiences attention. When audiences laugh they release hormones like dopamine that give them instant energy and help them stay focused. I do this with stand up comedy because it is a quick burst of humor that refreshes people. 

I've found comedic motivational speakers have always inspired me the most and naturally keep the audience's attention.

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