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How to Increase Insight and Innovation

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

A profound but simple saying I love is, everything will be ok in the end, if it's not ok, it's not the end.

When I struggle or watch others struggle, it's usually a stuck in the middle anxiety that prevents awareness and movement.

With uncertainty about the future, it's easy to get washed away by a profound feeling that things are just not ok. Until the situation improves and uncertainty lifts, the mind reels thinking about what the future holds.

Science suggest that increasing happiness increases the likelihood of insight and increased anxiety decreases the likelihood of insight.

Your ability to perceive subtle signals declines as anxiety causes greater stimulation of the brain and the ability to focus declines.

The wrong answers prevent the right ones from emerging.

Solutions often appear after you leave a problem and come back to it.

A fresh solution won't come from trying to focus harder. Instead, leaving a problem and coming back is better. Looking more closely at a problem and analyzing it narrows your perspective and activates different parts of the brain that actually prevent fresh solutions from emerging.

Once a situation improves, you learn to accept it or you change your perspective about it; then the road to repair happens.
Life starts Hinting at a better day.

Stepping back and realizing how you think about your problems helps. Over analyzing and thinking longer and harder about your situation-doesn't help.

Reflect from a higher level, decrease anxiety and hold onto insights and positive engagement.

Socrates said the unobserved life is not worth living. When life is ok, we often stop observing. Only when life gets yucky and not ok are we forced to observe and change.

When you reach the end, the struggle subsides, uncertainty and anxiety goes away.
Things are ok.

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Tags: motivational speaker, increase insight and innovation, struggle

How Leadership Creates Complacency in our X and Y Generation

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

If you have been in leadership for more than 12 years you have likely witnessed a leadership revolution whereby the people management of the x and y generation takes up a lot more of your time.
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Tags: motivational speaker, x and y generation, leadership expert, generational speaker

Boost Morale and Passion at Work

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Can you tell if someone loves their job? Absolutely.
How frequently do you deal with someone who truly loves their job? Rarely.

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Tags: leaders, motivational speaker, wellness, inspiration, leadership speaker, boost morale

Inspiring Insights- Inspirational Quotes

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

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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

Motivational Speeches about Understanding the Upside of Down

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment."
-- Jim Horning

Putting all self development instruction aside, when everything goes wrong the very last thing I feel like doing is to be positive!

“Look on the bright side,” others will say. Because it’s illegal to kill them, I have had to consider this fluffy inspiration and advice - to try it and assume it will be a success.

I am a motivational speaker!  I have to believe in this Pollyanna stuff. One of my favorite motivational speeches is a spoof on all this Rah-Rah inspiration. We know from experience that we can't just push the conflict under the carpet and pretend it's not there.

Yet when I look back at any tough times I have had, I see that's where I have learned the most. It had to get bad to make me uncomfortable enough to have to want the change, and in the end the change was for the better.

‘A satisfied need ceases to motivate,’ said Maslow.

When things go wrong it causes breakdown that is difficult, but that creates equilibrium in that situation.

If things we wanted were easy to get, we probably wouldn’t even want them anymore.  We aren't made to enjoy and respect cherry-picking for any length of time. We have to go through challenge to appreciate what we have and how far we've come.

The reason we have conflict is because we care. If we don't care, we won’t get upset in the first place. If it does not matter to us and if we have no investment in the outcome, then the outcome just doesn't matter. Leadership and change happen when we care and we have the courage to face reality.

We have to go through the challenges of life to gain wisdom, and not until you experience something can you really appreciate it.

A motivational speaker who suggests that life is to be perfect all the time, despite reality, misleads the audience. That speaker is wrong.

Sink down lower than you’ve ever sunk

It may be a cliche, but it's true:  When you hit the bottom there is nowhere else to go but up. While you are building back up, you are building character through success. When you go through really tough emotional times, it can help to remind yourself that life can only get better from here. The next time things go wrong, you know that you can handle it, that you’ve done it before and were a success so you can do it again. Life is about change. All of life is about change, from the seasons to plant and animal lifespans. You and I are changing every minute of every day, fashioned by every experience and every exchange we have with others.  Like it or not change happens, and when you realize that it's usually for the better, it delights you with the motivation to face new challenges and life goals.

As a motivational speaker, I give these three ideas about change:

Change Builds:

Character. Change creates challenge, and challenge has the capacity to teach people about their limitations and their gifts. When things go wrong or mistakes are made it builds humility; when we overcome new obstacles, we build our gifts.

Wisdom. A new level of sensitivity and relating to others comes from surviving life challenges.

Gratitude. When we have it all, we tend to take it for granted. When what we have is taken away, we often gain a new appreciation for what we had and a new recognition of what we still have. When you fail to appreciate life you lose your Joy.

By confronting problems you can find healthier solutions. In the midst of chaos, loss and frustration you may be learning to:

  • Balance toughness with sensitivity
  • Go deep inside and embrace fear for real self development
  • Build mental and emotional toughness
  • Persevere toward success
  • Be on purpose when your off balance
  • Be hard on problems and soft on people
  • Manage perceived threats
  • Deepen social support
  • Believe, have hope, and find inspiration
  • See change not as interruption, but as opportunity for leadership and self development to steer your life.

It is easy to disengage and detach from life when things aren’t the way you want. It can be easy to avoid struggle. However, distancing yourself from conflict, leadership, and change only makes the situation worse - it prolongs the change and postpones your date with responsibility. Passivity leads to a victim mindset, and soon complaining takes over while you feel your life is controlled by others.

Develop compassion for yourself given the circumstances, understand there will be some good in this bad.  Take a deep breath and decide how you are going to handle the change in your life!

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Tags: motivational speaker, leadership and change, motivational speeches, humorous motivational speaker, success

Inspirational Poem on Life

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Below is a poem written by my good friend, Harvey K. He calls himself a motivational speaker and most of his motivational speeches are delivered from his bar stool at the local bar. Thank you Harvey for the inspiration!

working on me 
it's easy you see
gentle self talk
a long walk
positive vibration in my space
living life at my pace
thanks to power from above
know self love
no need to run
life is fun
just passing through
touch love when i do
open to all that's new
this is true
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Career Opportunities in Public Speaking

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Do you have what it takes to speak in public? If you have confidence and the ability to engage an audience, there’s plenty of scope to earn a livelihood from your speaking skills.

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Tags: motivational speaker, guest speaker, public speaker, religious speaker

How to Engage Your Audience during a Speaking Event

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

The number of distractions that an audience faces during an event is limitless. A mobile phone alone can keep buzzing with email notifications and text messages to break one’s attention. Only a smart motivational speaker will still be able to hold the attention of his audience and get his point across.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, inspirational speakers

The Mistake Lonely People Make

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

The mistake lonely people make is they hide their brilliance.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, lonely people

What is Most Rewarding about Your Work?

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

As a motivational speaker, I love asking audiences about the most rewarding aspects of their work. It's jarring to get audiences whose work is inherently rewarding ( healthcare,social workers, etc) who look at me with a blank stare.

On the surface people say money motivates them but dig deeper and audiences remember scenarios where they made a difference to others.

Usually if it takes awhile to get to the core meaning of the work, I know that the audience is pretty worn down. When you are exhausted and frustrated with your workload, you sense that nobody is keeping score. This lack of appreciation combined with exhaustion can wear away at the meaningful and engaging parts of the work.

It's like being on a treadmill constantly working away but not getting anywhere. A growing sense of dissatisfaction knaws at you until positive emotions give way to disgruntled pessimism.

Audiences like this need more than a motivational speech. They need to get into the habit of regularly appreciating the job, their coworkers and the opportunity to serve others.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, rewarding work

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