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Stress Management Tool- Have you had your Laugh today?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Deep laughter lowers our levels of stress hormones, raises our pain threshold, increases our ability to fight upper respiratory diseases, relaxes muscles and reduces anxiety. Cracking up even has cardiovascular benefits. Studies done at Stanford University found that a two-minute belly laugh is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine in terms of boosting your heart rate.

Anybody can use laughter as therapy. There are no limitations in how often it's done, and there's no cost involved. It doesn't even have to be a real laugh. The body doesn't know the difference. If you pretend to start laughing, then you start really laughing. The following is only a partial list of the benefits of Laughing:

Laughter takes the focus off your problems

A sense of humor helps us gain a fuller and more realistic perspective of the world

Laughing invokes feelings of happiness and joy. Instead of being gloomy and frustrated

It’s easier to think creatively around a problem when our mind is lighter from laughter

Shared laughter promotes bondage and unity within the group.

Laughter also opens the door to more real and risky communication.

Humor can dramatically change the quality and outlook of our lives. Humor is an easy way to get in touch with your feelings, and control them in difficult situations.

Laughter is not the same as humor. Laughter is simply the physiological response to humor.

Laughing makes us feel good for a reason. The physiological effects on our body do some pretty amazing stunts. For instance:

  • Laughter appears to reduce levels of certain Stress Hormones
  • Laughter boosts the Immune System and Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Laughter may lead to hiccuping and coughing, which will clear the respiratory tract by dislodging mucus plugs.
  • Laughter also gives your diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory and facial, leg and back muscles a workout.
  • There also has been some belief that laughter may help preventsome life-threatening diseases

Share some humor today. Give yourself permission to REALLY


Jody Urquhart is a professional speaker who for the last ten years has motivated and inspired professionals to use humor to change there lives. Please contact us to see how we can recognize and inspire professionals at your next event.


Our monthly newsletter Fed Up? Lighten Up! is written with the intention to help you live life with more passion and purpose and less stress and worry. With informative articles, humorous insights and great resources, Fed Up? Lighten up! is guaranteed to provide you a motivational kick in the butt while giving you a giggle or two along the way. To sign up send an email to ido@idoinspire.com

This is the newsletter where playing more and stressing less is taken seriously.

Remember life doesn't care whether you are having fun or not. You should. The only person stopping you from having more fun is you.

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Tags: Stress Management Tool, Woman motivational speaker, motivational keynote speaker

Pitfalls of Multitasking and the Fragmented Mind

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

I discovered the other day that I can simultaneously conduct official business on the telephone while waxing my car and drinking Kool-Aid. It’s true that, like most people, I multitask a lot - and who can blame me? There are only 24 hours in a day. I also need inspiration, just to keep motivated, and I need to be doing several things at once.

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Tags: leadership skills, interpersonal skills, motivational keynote speaker, leadership expert

Inspiring Insights- Inspirational Quotes

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Inspirational Speaker Jody Urquhart

Make Your Life a Grudge Free Zone • Live Today with Wisdom, Power & Self Expression • Delight in the Mystery of Tomorrow • Care with Character • Love Deeply • Grasp a Deeper Understanding of the Role you Play in the World • Know your Beautiful • Reflect on Life • Know you can Confront Anything • Life’s Joys and Sorrows Provide us with an Opportunity to Decide how these Experiences will Shape our Lives • Discover Your Gifts • Be Clumsy •Have Flexible Plans • Embrace Your Inner Fool • Get Back to Nature • Celebrate the Simple • Be Intrigued with Everything • Appreciate • Recognize the Good in the Bad • Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout • Be a Good Parent • Take Action Today for a Better Tomorrow • Reveal a Powerful Strongpoint • Embrace Your Faults Be Straight Up • Follow a Hunch • Forget Perfection • Laugh … at Yourself • Pretend to Love the Worst Part of your Work • Act with Courage & Conviction • Be Shockingly Focused • Smile when your Blue • How are People Better Having Known You? • Recognize what part of your Life is Flat and Colorless • Marvel at Your Spouse • Recognize this Moment is Rich & Rewarding • Remember your Biggest Impact comes from the Little Things • Observe… Yourself • Decide what is your Work Ethic? • Don’t Drag Your Feet • Have Fun. Have Purpose • Be Brutally Honest • Help a Stranger • Be Proud of Your Work • What are your Strong Willed About and Deeply Committed to? • Abandon your TV

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Tags: nspirational speeches, motivational speaker, motivational keynote speaker

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

Significance of the Unexpected

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 01:47 PM

Do you hate it when things don’t go the way you planned?  Does it frustrate you when things don’t go as expected?

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, leadership and Diversity Expert, leadership guru, motivate company

How to Understand Logical Analytic People

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

There are people at work who drive us all crazy. As a motivational keynote speaker, the complaint I hear the most is about the highly technical, systematic, intellectual personality type. I call them critical analytic people.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, understand critical logical analytical people, relate to different personalities

How to Adapt to Find Talent

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, May 26, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

On May 20, 2014 I had the pleasure of watching luncheon motivational keynote speaker, Lance Richards speak at the Kalamazoo, Michigan Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM ) conference.

Lance delivered his motivational speech, Talentomics: Ways HR Must Adapt to Find Talent.

Lance is the VP of the office of innovation at Kelly Services.

The motivational keynote speaker set the tone for the crowd by discussing the economics of talent, and asking the question: What are the things we need to be thinking about given the global world?

Lance suggested that Globalization is bullet proof, nothing has slowed it down, and yet many fight it. He defined globalization as the distance between the consumer and producer.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, leadership speaker, motivational speech, SHRM

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 will not sponsor events in the future.

During the working session we drafted the following Sponsorship Thank you Letter:

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 to 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 speaker 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: motivational keynote speaker, guest speakers, 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 recently. During one of the guest speakers sessions we drafted a script that could be used specifically to call potential sponsors to get 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.

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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, guest speakers, motivational speaker for meeting planners, securing meeting sponsorship

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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Tags: motivational keynote speaker, motivational speech, how to handle stage fright

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