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Aw Shucks. A Client Made Me Cry | Motivational Speaker Joy!

Friday, December 19th, 2014

I love my job for 1 million reasons. Or at least two dozen reasons.… But I rounded up.

One of the absolutely coolest things about being a motivational speaker is that occasionally you get some feedback totally makes your day. What follows is some feedback that made my year.

I worked six months ago for a very cool person in a school district in Wisconsin. They wanted a motivational speaker to prepare their entire staff for the arrival of the students. I think I might have been there one day before the students started school.

I totally remember the event. It was a great audience; I felt good about my presentation.

But check out the email I just got from my meeting planner Laura. It absolutely maybe Tara… Or maybe it was dust in my eyes. I will never tell.

Hi Brad,

Just thought you would want to know….

As I was walking through the elementary school

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Motivational Speaker for Teachers / Educators

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Is Your Motivational Speaker Any Good?

Clients call our office every day — which is very cool — trying to determine if I’m the right motivational speaker for them and their organization. There are a ton of great questions to ask any perspective professional speaker. But in the end, my best advice is this: It comes down to a) the video and b) testimonials.

Are there TONS of people willing to vouch for your speakers? Is your potential motivational speaker boasting a long — VERY long — client list?

And is your speaker captured regularly on video? Are there testimonial videos? Check your speaker’s YouTube Channel to verify that your speaker isn’t stagnant.

See this motivational speaker on Youtube

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

How To Get A Job (From a Motivational Speaker)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

SHOW Them Why You’re the ONE for the Job–Put on your Creative Pants!

Every small company at some point is looking to hire office help. Here’s my story, and the jobssearchlessons I learned. I put an ad on my local Craigslist for office help. In the ad I required applicants to send both a resume and a writing sample.

Anybody who sent both documents was automatically moved to the next round of consideration. We never even opened the files. The next round included a very lengthy questionnaire… We’re talking a total pain in the neck… The return e-mail was simply signed by my assistant with our web address. There were no other comments besides congratulating them for making the second round and asking them to fill in the questionnaire.

One of the questions, hidden in the middle of about forty others, was, “Tell us (Continue Reading…)

How to Save Your Horrible PowerPoint Presentation

Monday, July 15th, 2013

It’s horrible… but you can save it.

As a professional motivational speaker and comedian for over a quarter of a century I have strong opinions about the use of PowerPoint. And to point out the obvious…my perspective is as a presenter…not as an audience member.

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In my opinion is that 95% of you… No, make that 99% of you… abuse this powerful tool. And by abuse I mean absolutely, totally, and wildly fail.

But the good news is that I have two very specific techniques that you can use to make your PowerPoint presentations not only better but quite good.

The first technique is to use fewer words. And by fewer words I mean you need to eliminate 90 to 95% of the words on your current slides. Your audience, who ever they are, is there to see YOU. (Continue Reading…)

Beer Company Speaker Creates Buzz

Monday, July 8th, 2013

logoThe beer industry is complicated with a three-tier system and fifty different laws in fifty different states.  To be successful in beer, you need to thrive in change.

Because Brad helps individuals approach change-management with a positive attitude — which means greater productivity for them and their organizations.  And because Brad is funny, the message is sticky.

I recently worked for a major beer maker for their Finance Townhall. (Which I think is beer-speak for, “Important meeting for all of their finance folks.”)

I’m not sure what was coolest:

• Working for a company whose product I’ve loved since I was … er …. 21 years old.MillerCoors.113.5040
• Having the CFO call the event “Really, Really Cool!”   (Thanks Tracy!)
• Or getting a glowing referral from their Senior Director in Finance Operations.

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I Love Soccer… And Why You Care

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
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Not a great picture, but this is a recent picture of me on the indoor field.

There is a term called Flow which positive psychologists have more or less defined as that state of mind where you are completely engaged and thinking about nothing else. You know, that feeling you have when you are totally immersed in an activity that a parade could march by and you wouldn’t notice it. Flow is important because it’s one of the components to happiness & well-being.

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My team in Mexico

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It’s amazing this team puts up with me.

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REAL Motivational Speakers Hate Matt Foley & his Van Down By The River

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

One of the most well-known motivational speakers doesn’t exist. Matt Foley Motivational SpeakerOne of the most famous speakers in the world is a spoof character called Matt Foley created by Saturday Night Live and Chris Farley. Matt is a horrible motivational speaker; he clearly doesn’t have his own life together, is thrice divorced, and famously lives in a van Down By The River.

While attending the National Speakers Association meeting — a place where the best speakers in the world gather to network and learn — I decided to get my camera out and asked some of my peers what they thought about this fictional character. Do they feel threatened by Matt Foley?  Insulted?  Do they think it’s funny? Why is this fictional character famous years and years after the SNL episode was last aired? (Sadly, Chris Farley has since died.)

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Get Your People Out of Their Seats! They’ll Never Forget It!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

It’s Electric! It’s Kinetic! It’s Frenetic!

What energizes your group, lifts up the mood, galvanizes action? A FLASH MOB!

What is an The?NAHU Flash Mob 2013-03-25 at 2.38.38 PM
• A Spectacle
• An out of your chair, interactive, team-building phenomena
• A fun, easy-to-learn dance designed to surprise and energize, and teach your group

How does it Work?
• A ruse gets your leadership team out of the room for 5 minutes
• Brad teaches the rest a uber -simple dance they’ll surprise themselves with.
• Your group SURPRISES your leadership team with the impromptu FLASH MOB!

But We don’t have Enough Time!
• Yeah you do. Brad has done this a lot. He’s got it down.
• Brad has a system to get this thing done in just a few minutes.

But what do we get out of having a Flash Mob?
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Aw Shucks! You Said What?!??

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I’m just back from doing my motivational speaker thing for a healthcare group in Farm-bureau-201247Georgia.

I thought the program went really well.… The audience came along nicely, the reviews were terrific, the valuations were flattering. But when I turned my camera onto my meeting planner he was kind enough to raise as well.

If you are looking for a motivational speaker for your business audience or healthcare audience I would love to be your guy. Give us a call and we’ll talk about how we will customize a program just for you, your audience, their stresses, their joys, and most importantly what can be done to improve everybody’s performance.

Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

Brad Montgomery
Top Motivational Speakers, Healthcare Speaker, Georgia Speaker

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Is Your Speaking Or Creating Change?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Can Your Motivational Speaker REALLY Create Change?

I just spoke for an amazing group of healthcare management administrators in Georgia. These are the good people who are behind the management side of healthcare. They hired me to be an motivational speaker, but they also needed a strong business message… They needed an outsider to help them face the incredible changes that are rocking their jobs.

I was flattered when my client — my meeting planner, David — told me that one of his favorite parts of the keynote was to see that his audience changed from the start to the end.

At the beginning they were tired… The night before they were out partying and… perhaps sharing some adult beverages. (Let’s be honest… Some of them were fine, but a couple had headaches.) So when they arrived (Continue Reading…)

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