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A Great Keynote Speaker- Should they Open or Close your Event?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 02:28 PM

People come to a conference for two reasons, the networking and the speakers. The educational content that builds an event will make or break it's success. 

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How to Sustain a Good Mood at Work you Hate

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jan 09, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Do you ever wake up in a bad mood? Where you roll out of bed knowing that your colleagues at work expect you to be positive, upbeat and productive. Next, you groan at the thought of fighting traffic to get to a job where you are overworked, overwhelmed, and unhappy. Sound familiar? 

According to a Gallup Study, 85% of people hate their jobs. If this is true, many people routinely wake up and dread the rest of their day, and it hasn't even started! Forbes magazine reports most people to find their work to be a source of frustration, not fulfillment. 

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Meeting Planners Work- Life Balance Manifesto

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

The tedium of planning a meeting is challenging, stressful and engaging all at once. It often feels like planning an event takes over your life, whereby the rest of your life has to be put on hold so that you can design an epic event. 

When you are there at a conference, it is a real adrenaline rush. It is one of the few careers where you get to see the fruits of your labor. Because watching people interact, learn and grow is so rewarding, to know that you made that happen even more meaningful.

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Unique Meeting Energizers and Training Ideas

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 03, 2018 @ 03:18 PM

When it comes to team building, cookie-cutter programs don't cut it. Trying to force fit a generic training program on a specific business problem can just frustrate people and trivialize the problem. At the same time, fun meeting energizers are key to keeping energy levels up, endorphins flowing and help people retain information.

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We Need More Women in Construction

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 @ 06:01 PM

I was recently a speaker for the Construction Owners Association of America. I met another guest speaker, Brent Darnell, who is a popular keynote speaker at construction events.

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Motivational Speaker for the Construction Owners of America

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 04:41 PM

On November 15, 2018, I was a motivational speaker for the Construction Owners Association of America Fall Owners Leadership Conference.

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What is the Difference between a Plenary Speaker and a Keynote Speaker?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

I often get this question and I think it depends on the meeting planner, the audience and what people are used to. This blog is to help clarify the difference between a plenary speaker and keynote speaker when you need to hire a speaker for a conference.

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The Edge of Your Capacity: Busy or Productive?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Nov 02, 2018 @ 02:04 PM

Jake Knapp is a best selling author and motivational speaker. His book, Sprint, unveils some exciting concepts on getting results or just being busy. 

Throughout our day, we follow defaults. The author suggest thinking about it similar to when you buy a cell phone. The phone comes with defaults built in, you immediately customize it ( with ringtones, photos, apps, etc.) to suit your needs. 

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Funny Motivational Speaker for The Best Dental Seminar Ever

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 11:04 PM

On November 9, 2018,  I am a motivational speaker for The Best Dental Seminar Ever (TBSE) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will take place at the hip and completely remodelled Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel.

TBSE is the only dental seminar where dentists and team members learn how to grow their practice, build teamwork, increase income, and experience the latest and greatest dentistry has to offer.

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Are you Emotionally Intelligent?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 03:05 PM

Self-awareness is key to Emotional Intelligence. Most people have met a leader who has no idea how his emotions are impacting their performance. This becomes their greatest downfall.

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