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Brush Up on your Skills

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jun 06, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

funny motivational speaker skillsPicasso said, learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Even seasoned professionals, can go back to their craft and re-learn the basics, to understand how and why what they currently do works, and how they can improve.

Having the basics down, is a core building block for future growth, but many pros think they have the basics figured out, and neglect to refresh those skills. Recently, I took a workshop on how to be funny (as a motivational speaker). Surprisingly, I discovered so many things I had forgotten about the basics of how to craft and deliver comedy in a motivational speech.

Going back to core skills reminded me of what I have learned( and often take for granted), how the industry has changed, and how I need to adjust. For some it's a quick refresher, for others, it's more intense learning.


Even if you are currently steadily employed, continual learning will improve your marketability. When refreshing your core skills you may find that some of those skills are now redundant, while others need fine tuning. 

I was a motivational speaker for a group of mechanical contractors, where every month, the contractors go through manditory safety " refresher" training.  For these mechanical contractors, compliance was extremly high and safety infractions were very low.

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