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Pitfalls with the Motivational Speaker demo Video

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 03:53 PM

Hiring a motivational speaker? Watch their Video
 
The most important tool to assess a keynote speaker for your event is hands- down their speaker demo video.
 
To evaluate a motivational speaker, you need to see them in action. Unless you can see them live, the best way to do that is through their video.
 
A demo video should show you a speakers style so you can assess whether they will be a good fit for your group. A great video should excite you and make you think; this is the kind of speaker our group needs to hear. This is the kind of speaker who will elevate our audience to the next level.
 
Unfortunately, many speakers video reels show fancy graphics, testimonials, and even media interviews with very little footage of the speaker in front of an audience. If you or your committee are assessing motivational speaker videos, insist they show at least a few minutes of them speaking in front of an audience. I have met many meeting planners who are disappointed because their video did not accurately represent the speaker they hired.
 
A great keynote is as much about speech content as it is the experience the speaker creates with your audience. What type of experience do you want to create, and will this speaker fit the bill? Do you want your audience to laugh together, feel inspired, hear a memorable, impactful story, hear from a celebrity, or hear specific industry content?

Most meeting planners ask for a motivational speaker video before hiring a professional speaker.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Convention, meeting planner, event, professional speaker, motivational speaker video

How to Create Events that Attract Millenials

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Apr 09, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

 

Millennials and Gen Z represent an increasingly significant part of the workplace today. This tech-savvy group often bypasses live events in favor of online networking and learning. Not surprisingly, meeting professionals have seen number drop as baby boomers retire and millennials take their place at work. 

It's harder to motivate this group to attend live events. This blog is intended to counter these issues and stop the attrition of younger professionals.

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North Carolina School Administrators Leadership Motivational Speakers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 26, 2019 @ 03:40 PM

On March 28, 2019, I am a motivational speaker for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. The event, held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown, will bring in over 300 school superintendents, administrators, HR, support staff and principals.

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Tags: funny motivational speakers, interactive keynote speakers, best motivational speakers, education speakers

Should You Hire an Interactive Keynote Speaker for your Event?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 03:20 PM

If you want to engage audience members and create lasting content, hire an interactive keynote speaker. 

Many speakers have a message, and they use a one-way presentation style to communicate it. People learn in three distinct ways, Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Speaking without any interaction engages the auditory learners who may be less than a third of your audience. 

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Motivational Speakers Who Have Died Leaving A Lasting Legacy

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 @ 01:42 PM

 

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The Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Mar 08, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

 

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Indiana State Good Teaching Motivational Speakers

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

March 1-2, 2019, hosts the Indiana State Good Teaching Conference. Upwards of 300 teachers, students and staff will attend this event, held at the Noblesville Parks & Recreation Annex in Indianapolis.

I will be the opening funny motivational speakers on March 2, 2019. The teachers association specifically hired me to help teachers lighten up and reinforce the power of humor, play and laughter to help maintain sanity. Teaching is a challenging profession right now. In Indianapolis, like many states, teachers have seen pay cuts over the last decade. Some of them making much less money than they did when they first started their career. 

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How to Bounce Back from Hardship

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

 

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Write a Quick & Compelling Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 02:42 PM

Today speakers need to work harder to keep audiences engaged. Thanks to online influences and increased digital interaction, attention spans are lower than ever.

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Anger @ Work -How it Impacts Culture & How to Handle It

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 @ 01:40 PM

People come in all shapes and sizes and varying degrees of complexity. It's this complexity that makes it hard to navigate human relationships.

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