Employees don’t join an organization with the intent of being average, yet some can so quickly be converted. Why? To answer this I’ll share with you an analogy.
I am an inspirational speaker for a recreation conference where the theme is, think outside the box- be weird, be different. I immediately loved this theme. It grabs your attention and inspires you to want to change and innovate.
I am a humorous speaker for the Ontario Association of Credit Counselling Services conference on September 15, 2011. The theme of the event is Financial Fitness Forum.
I will be the motivational speaker for the credit counsellors during the awards luncheon celebrating members who have successfully obtained their Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada designation and their OACCS Certified Credit Counsellor designation. We will celebrate, recognize and laugh. I will remind the audience that taking yourself lightly helps you keep some emotional distance from what could be some emotionally draining cases.
Professionals in the credit counselling industry deal with a lot of stress everyday as they help their clients. A normal part of the job is to get phone calls and inquiries from people who are behind on bills, losing their job or being evicted from their home. In most cases people are so far behind on their bills that they don't know where to turn, which is where the credit counsellor steps in to provide emotional support and advice, and to help negotiate with creditors, provide resources, referrals and support in the community.
A large part of a conference budget is the motivational keynote speaker. Finding sponsorship for this can be a big stress relief.
As a motivational speaker, I have been given a lot of gifts after my seminar from the meeting planner. Some of these gifts are useful and some I have no idea what I will do with.
As a conference speaker, I hear alot of presentations. Many professionals speak at their industry convention to contriubute to professional development and continuing education in their association. Trouble is they haven't been taught the basics of public speaking and they often put the audience to sleep.
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At a conference speaking, I often meet other speakers who have been "forced" to speak. Last month i was a keynote speaker at an agriculture convention and one of the break out session speakers said, "I am so nervous! What do i do?" I told her, If you have good information, presented clearly, your audience will be receptive no matter how nervous you are.
An expert in her industry, I met Jennifer at a conference where she was about to present her ideas in a workshop. She was very nervous. She said, "I hate these talks, my company keeps making me do them, I get very nervous and it takes up so much of my time to prepare for very little gain.”