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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

A Meeting Planners Audio Visual Malfunction

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

On November 19 & 20, 2013, I was a humorous motivational speaker for the Camping in Ontario Conference at the Marriott Rousseau Resort in Minett, Ontario.

This stunning new facility, nestled up on the ridge outside of Muskoka ontario, is breathtaking.

Despite one glaring problem: the hotel has neglected it's internal Audio Visual issues. I served as an opening and closing humorous motivational speaker for conference. During my first motivational speech, the microphone pooped out after ten minutes of use. The AV company, PSAV quickly set up and configured it's own speaker system, taking 15 minutes out of the motivational talk.

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Tags: AV, guest speakers, humorous motivational speaker, meeting planner, Audio Visual Malfunction

How to Thank a Keynote Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 @ 10:52 AM

A guest speakers willingness to share their time and expertise is critical to the success of the event. A warm and meaningful post-speech thank you will make the speaker feel proud while the audience feels fulfilled.

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Tags: motivational speech, meeting planner, keynote speaker for franchise conference

How Long Should a Guest Speaker Speak?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 02:40 PM

When I get hired as a keynote speaker, a common question from the meeting planner is, "How much time do you need?". My answer is, "How much time do you have?".

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Tags: keynote guest speaker, motivational speaker for a safety conference, meeting planner

Sample Guest Motivational Speaker Pre-Program Questionnaire

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jun 09, 2011 @ 01:15 PM

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Etiquette Tips for a Guest Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

I was a female motivational speaker for an HR Conference. The association also hired a top name motivational speaker, and the place was packed with people there to hear him speak. The crowd was abuzz with energy, anticipating the big speech.

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Tags: guest speaker, Motivational Speaker for HR Conference, meeting planner, speech

How to Evaluate a Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Apr 04, 2011 @ 02:29 PM

I am a keynote motivational speaker at 30 to 40 conferences per year. Audiences average about 200 people each conference;  every delegate who sees me speak is asked or invited to evaluate my motivational speech.

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Tags: motivational speeches, motivational keynote speaker, meeting planner, conference

Gifts for the Motivational Speaker at your Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 @ 10:13 AM

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.

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Tags: motivational speeches, motivational keynote speaker, meeting planner, inspirational speaker, conference speaker, event

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