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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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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

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 being 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'll be a success.

I am a female motivational speaker, so 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's 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's nowhere else to go but up. While you're building back up, you're 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 female 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 you're 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's 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

How to Hire a Motivational Speaker with Fresh Material

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 03:12 PM

This week I got a phone call from a meeting planner who I have worked with in the past who was on the hunt to hire a motivational speaker.

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Tags: how to hire a motivational speaker, motivational speaker, motivational speech

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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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational keynote speaker, motivational speech for a safety conference

Sound Bites: the Key to Engage People in a Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 05:38 PM

When I have become bored listening to speakers, it seems that the big mistake the speakers make is they aren't emphasizing the important points.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, sound bites

The Motivational Speech Objective

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

In any interaction, people need to know what you want. Most conversation involves some kind of objective - there are very few neutral interactions - and the thrust of the interaction is typically understood by those involved, even though it is not stated.

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Tags: motivational speaker, motivational speech, professional speaker

How to Increase the Value of a Motivational Speech

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

When I was a teenager, I used to listen to motivational speaker Zig Ziglar on audiotape.

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Celebrity Motivational Speaker

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Feb 09, 2012 @ 01:00 PM

I was recently an inspirational speaker at a healthcare conference.  The other Canadian keynote speaker was funny man, Brent Butt - former star of Corner Gas.

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Tags: motivational talk, motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, canadian keynote speaker

Forms of Inappropriate Humor in the Workplace

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

Inappropriate and offensive joke telling is offensive and inappropriate.This is the lowest, unclever and cheapest form of humor around.

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Tags: motivational speaker, Humor in the workplace, inappropriate humor

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