(I left her name and details off —’cause it just seemed right.)

Thanks so much KB. You made my day. And reading emails like this is the main reason why I love my job.

YOU rock! How cool is that?!

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Cheers,

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Military Speaker, Birthday Singing Fool

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I’m just back from my motivational speaker gig (or whatever you call it!) for a great group of classified staff in Tallahassee, Florida. One of my favorite things about every job ‘including this one in Florida’ was watching the “process” of the audience changing from a quiet, indifferent group of people into a cohesive, laughing, buzzing-with-energy audience.

It was a special group; they were worried about their jobs. And immediately before my keynote the president of the college reassured them that layoffs were not imminent. The message was upbeat, but the tone was pretty darned low. (Here’s a hint to anybody who is going to say, “We’re not going to lay YOU off:” They aren’t gonna believe you. You just sacked their friends. So during your talk, you can at least mention that they may have some anxiety….but I digress.)

So seeing them go from “slow” to “go” was totally gratifying. And a ton of fun.

Another highlight was talking to a member of the audience about his experiences with his mom. He was a self-proclaimed “fun seeker” and told me about some fun rituals he’s shared with HIS family.

He talked about paying tolls for total strangers, and buying drinks ‘d1 or even dinner ‘d1 for couples he though might need it.

But my favorite was a story about how his mom used to get luck with bingo by saving it for others. Let me explain:

His mom would take him to the local bingo parlor to play bingo. Unlike most of the other senior citizens would by a single bingo card and win. And win often. More than she should really; she had great luck.

But what made it so special, (and so much fun) is that she wouldn’t yell, “Bingo” when she won. My new friend, as a boy would beg her to claim her winnings, and she would explain that she wouldn’t do it, that they didn’t need the money, and that they were “saving the luck for those that really needed it.”

It created a sense of fun and abundance for her and her family. It sounds awesome.

Apparently one old lady across the table from this lucky woman one evening noticed that she, with her single card, won. “Why don’t you claim it? You’re acting silly!?” She was apparently almost angry, and definitely confused. “What in the heck was wrong with this stupid woman who wins but doesn’t claim her prize?”

The very next bingo call resulted in that very same cofused woman winning. At that point, my friend’s mom said, “I was saving my luck for somebody like you, who really needed it.”

My point? Sometimes these rituals of giving are not just fun, they are awesome. When you’re focused on helping others, it’s impossible not to feel great about yourself. Want an easy way to make YOURSELF feel better? Find a fun way to give something away!

Check out the motivational speech I gave in Florida here.

Cheers.

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Keynote Speaker, Florida Speaker, and Fan of Bingo!

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Recently on a trip to speak in Las Vegas, Nevada I had a lousy travel experience. (Can you say, “United Airlines Stinks?”) I was bumped off a flight the night before, was back early in the morning for a replacement flight, was doomed to a middle seat in the back of the bus, and was generallly pissed off.

I know, I’m supposed to be Mr. Look At The Bright Side, but come on…sometimes it ain’t that easy. (Can you say, “United Airlines Stinks!”)

I was in line — a LONG line – to buy a coffee and generally feeling grumpy. As I stood there a little kid, maybe two years old, was hoping from fossil to fossil in the concourse. You see, in the tiles at Denver International Airport there are decorative brass “fossils” embedded in some of the tiles. They are cool, but to be honest I can’t remember really noticing them since the new airport opened here in Colorado.

I had LITERALLY walked over them without noticing them. But not this kid. Each fossil brought on a, “What’s THIS Daddy?” And her exhausted dad trailed behind each time answering, “It’s fish bones.” (The fossils were of fish.)

“But what is THIS one Daddy?”

“Those are fish bones too.” On and on. Maybe a dozen fossils. And each time the kid was equally psyched to find them. To this kid, they were so cool.

Ok, so I know you’re thinking, “That’s when the motivational speaker in Brad noticed the wonder in the world and …blah, blah, blah.” Nope. I was an idiot.

But thank goodness I was standing in front of a flight attendent. She caught my eye and said, “Isn’t it cool to be reminded of all of the wonder in the world?”

I nodded. But I felt like a 2 x 4 hit me in the noggin’. This woman was right. The kid was wonderful. The fossils were cool. And I was grumpy about what? About a long coffee line when I had plenty of time? About the fact that I “got” to go to Las Vegas to make a bunch of Tax Preparers laugh their butts off?

I was an idiot. But happily, the flight attendent didn’t miss it. And luckily, her comment hit home. Suddenly I was in a good mood again. Suddenly I knew how foolish I was to be ticked at United Airlines. (Though they still stink.) I was just wasting energy being grumpy when, as this kid and the flight attendent reminded me, that life is fun, funny, and filled with magic. And wonder.

I love being a motivational speaker. But I need motivation too… in this case in the shape of fish bones.

Keep your chin up. It just ain’t worth being ticked off.

Cheers!

(Learn about the motivational speech I did in Las Vegas here.)

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