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Inspirational Poems, the Upside of Down

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:06 PM

So when that car cuts you off and it’s barely a miss
Don’t give them the finger, just blow them a kiss
Instead of being angry you can chuckle at their reaction
Hopefully the “road rage” will now be a retraction

On the bus where the only seat left is somebody’s lap
Because some loser filled a spot with all of their crap
Instead of being angry and staring them down
Offer to help move their stuff to the ground

When you’re parking to shop at your favorite mall
And you see a deadbeat take a handicap stall
Just give them a wave as you calmly walk past
Call security; let them ticket their ass

While you’re there spending your hard earned money
And the cashier is miserable try calling them “Honey”
Of course that only works when you’re opposite sexes
But it’s better than shooting them like they do down in Texas

When you’re out at the golf course enjoying your day
And the people behind you think you’re in the way
Just let them go past, do your best to ignore
When they’re ahead, count slowly to three, and then yell “fore!”

When you’re sitting at home and you just want to relax
But the kids are going crazy; you can’t get them off your back
Don’t get upset and tell them to “get out of your hair”
They grow up too fast, soon they won’t be there

When you’re all dressed up to take your wife on a date
As usual she’s slow and you don’t want to be late
Give her a break; go get some fresh air on the deck
Remember, men only have to shave their face and neck

When your neighbor lets their dog poop on your lawn
You can’t keep watching out for them dusk to dawn
You might have to pick it up, and yes, that's a drag
But they’ll think twice when it's on their step in a bag

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Tags: interpersonal skills, Inspirational Poems, Woman speaker, motivational keynote speaker, funny motivational speaker

Sample Conference Sponsorship Thank you Letter

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 12:25 PM

 I was recently a motivational speaker for a global meeting planners summit. I attended a sold out session that focused on boosting conference sponsorship.

Unanimously, delegates agreed that if sponsors don't feel recognized they won't sponsor events in the future.

During the working session we drafted the following "Sponsorship Thank You Letter" template:

Dear (XYZ company, or particular people involved in sponsoring)

The (Insert Conference Name) wishes to genuinely thank you for supporting our 26th annual conference.

Thanks to your sponsorship, support and participation, we put on an exceptional event with over 40 guest speakers, two funny female motivational speakers, four networking events and the closing banquet. Over 350 people ( be specific about who attended- medical technologists, probation officers, etc.) attended the event.

Hundreds of volunteer hours went into creating this event. As you know, the ( insert) industry has been through a lot of change, and it is critical for our delegates to have the opportunity to come together to appreciate these changes and prepare for the future.

Thank you for investing the time and resources to help recognize and appreciate our delegates and provide cutting edge education for the industry.

(Make the thank you as accurate as possible as far as those involved)

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Claudius Jones, and his dedicated team Jennifer Justice, Caeli Bronx, and Tim Smithers.

We sincerely appreciate their time and efforts during the event- setting up and taking down exhibits, introducing the funny motivational speakers and for attending the networking summit. We’d also like to thank XYZ Company for providing quality products and valuable support and education for our delegates at the vendor booths.

We visited the booth several times, and it was very popular. The ( XYZ Companies) new technology is a valuable piece to support the co-payments for insurers and delegates were keen to hear about it.

Your prizes and giveaways were a great hit!

We hope that we can count on your sponsorship in the future. If there is any way we can increase the value for you for your sponsorship dollar, please let us know.

Thank you again for all of your generous support, we could not have done it without you!

We look forward to your participation again next year; our conference date is ( insert date), and we will contact you ( insert date).


Your Conference Team ( insert specific names) 


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Tags: guest speakers, motivational keynote speaker, Sponsorship thank you letter, funny motivational speakers

Securing Meeting Sponsorship Phone Script

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Apr 08, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

I was a motivational speaker for a large meeting planners summit. During one of the break out sessions, the guest speaker facilitated audience members to draft a script that could be used to call potential sponsors and secure sponsorship. We agreed that today it's necessary to call people because it creates that personal touch that is often lost in email and social media. Below is a sample draft phone script to secure meeting sponsorship:

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How to Handle Stage Fright

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

I have been a motivational speaker for over 15 years. One of the most common questions I hear is how do you handle stage fright or the anxiety and nervousness that comes from speaking in public.

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Delivering A Motivational Speech can be Awkward

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Recently I gave a motivational speech for a safety conference in Ohio. After they read my introduction and called me up, I stumbled onto the stage, tripped over the microphone cord and landed on my knees. I stood up as over 1000 people stared at me with disbelief, concern and fear.

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Keys to Effective Feedback and Appreciation

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

As a motivational keynote speaker, I often hear that younger professionals want a lot of appreciation.

It's true that a culture of appreciation makes a difference as studies suggest that the number reason people leave their work is they feel underappreciated.

However, excessive recognition often translates to a high maintenance workforce. Ultimately, you never want to have to recognize and acknowledge people constantly.

Never ever ever recognize people for work they are supposed to do as a part of their job. Be careful about recognizing people for showing up for work on time, not being sick, even time on job can be questionable.

Never recognize mediocre work. Ever. Basics about a job need to be clearly identified and they need to be documented and communicated.

Only recognize going above and beyond. so you have to define this.

Entitlement comes when you build in bonus structures, prizes and perks for work. Doesn't mean bonuses doesn't work, they are very motivating.... but begs the question if you can perform to this level why don't you all the time?

Basics of recognition comes in unexpected ways.....
Td bank
Way we recognize people expected ways...

Organizations have formal recognition ceremonies call certain winners up like...
employee of month, service star to room give them bonus some sort.
Create competition
It's a team effort
Recognizes work supposed to do

Best recognition has 4 qualities
Unexpected recognition... simple thank you note, catch em in the act, colleagues enter coworkers name into draw. Someone wins every month.
Point systems I like. Earn points for above and beyond behavior that you can use to get extra day off...
Spontaneous pizza party winner,

All of these do not create entitlement because they are unexpected
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The Motivational Speech & How to Persuade Others

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

As a motivational keynote speaker, collecting and creating content is a regular  part of refining a motivational speech. I am always looking for useful, relevant information, stories and humor to engage people.

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Closing Motivational Keynote Speaker- Comedy or Content?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

The closing motivational keynote speaker should leave the audience refreshed and with renewed vitality to bring back to work.

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Spotting Bad Manners at a Conference

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

I was a motivational speaker for a large insurance company last week in Louisville, Kentucky. The other guest speaker was delivering her motivational speech amidst whispers and talking throughout the room.

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Motivational Keynote Speaker Peter Mansbridge

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, May 31, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

The closing motivational keynote speaker for the DPI Canada program was Peter Mansbridge. Peter is the chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National. Peter delivered his motivational speech, Canada and Canadians in a Changing World.

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