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Motivational Speaker for the City of Calgary IT Innovation and Collaboration

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 05:27 PM

On November 23, 2017, I was a motivational speaker for the City of Calgary IT Innovation and Collaboration Divisional Meeting. 

This group of innovative technology professionals is responsible for creating technology solutions for the 32 different departments in the City of Calgary.

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Why Some People Are Popular and Others Aren't

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Popularity is a quality most people crave. It's genuinely engrained in the human condition because we need to feel included. 

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Lead Out of Belief Not Relief

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 03:25 PM

Generational Leadership Speaker, Dr. Tim Elmore just released a new book called, Off the Map, Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World.

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How to Hire People with the Right Fit for the Job

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 03:22 PM

I recently watched HiringSmart guest speaker and Chief Visionary Officer at FitFirst Technologies, Tim Brennan give a compelling speech titled, Making it Work: If it Wasn’t for People, this Job Would be Easy! 

A researcher, Tim asserts that age is a weak predictor of behavior.  When it comes to hiring and retention, 70 percent of people are disengaged. 

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New Tools to Express Yourself

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 02:05 PM


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How to Determine Who to Marry

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 01:44 PM

I have plenty of single friends who flail around from relationship to relationship, never feeling fulfilled. The cycle of disappointment continually drives them through drama and heart ache. You can't help but think, this must be easier! 

Dating can seem like a lot of games that lead to pain and disillusion until you finally give up.  I'm not an expert but I have dated a lot and I have a few ideas on how to date and chose a partner. 

Many relationships start out of emotional attachment and pure lust, but this isn't long term. Take your time getting to know someone, you don't have to jump into anything too quickly. 

Some people seem to thrive on drama, likely because it gets them attention, but ask yourself if you want to spend your life in this spiral. Relationships woven together by insecurity will eventually fall apart. 

While dating, we spend so much time trying to please or impress this new potential suitor. We can forget to stop and decide- do you actually like this person in the first place? Don't invest time in a relationship you don't want to be in. Is this person interesting? Do you have common values? Or do they irritate and annoy you? 

Don't let fear of rejecting or hurting someone's feeling be the reason you stay in a relationship. 

There is a saying, opposites attract. While this may be true, I think men and women are opposite enough, we don't need more opposite qualities to contend with. 

Thus, look for someone who is more like you than different. For instance, If you are an extrovert, your life might be easier to share with another extrovert. They will naturally gravitate towards doing things you enjoy too. 

On the flip side, sometimes someone who has the opposite qualities than you ( ie- perhaps someone detail oriented when you're not) can help create balance, like on a great team. That's if they don't annoy you to death first. 

Of course, it's always good to find someone supportive, who makes you a better person but doesn't try to control you.

Lastly, one of the most important qualities is a sense of humor because if all else fails, at least you can laugh about it!

I'm sure there are many other qualities to look for in someone (that you will spend the entire rest of your life with), these are some that I find most important.

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How to Write a Service Industry New Hire Orientation Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 07:53 PM

Welcoming new staff members is critical to their success and buy-in to the job.  Filled with anxiety, doubt and have lots of questions, new hires need direction and confidence that they are in the right place.

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How to Create A Meaningful Life

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 03:55 PM

Social psychologist Roy Baumeister wrote the book, the Meaning of Life. 

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Motivational Speaker for the Government Finance Officers of Texas

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Nov 01, 2017 @ 07:56 AM

On November 2, 2017, I am a motivational speaker for the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas (GFOAT) Conference.
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