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Depends. How long do you want it to be? Seriously, the answer is up to you. Brad once was hired to work in France for a 20 minute program, and he’s done full day seminars for the US Government.

If you’re looking for a motivational keynote, then the most common length is between 45 minutes and 90 minutes. The basic rule of thumb is fairly obvious: the longer you have Brad speak, the more he can get into the details, the techniques, and the take-away wisdom. But Brad knows how meetings and conventions work: they are often already jammed and finding the extra time is a problem.

No sweat. Remember that Brad is more interested in being your partner than just doing a one-off job and never see you again. Just contact us and we’ll try to figure out the best way to help you fulfill your goals in the time that is best for you.

Seminars? For organizations eager to get deeper into the learning and who really want lasting behavior change, then Brad can help with a 1/2 day seminar or a full-day seminar.

The seminars pack the high energy experience and humor of the keynotes, but they go into greater depth. They are targeted towards getting your people to leave with a short list of things they will actually incorporate and implement based on their time in Brad’s session.

We talked about this before: you need to check the testimonials and references. But in addition, we’re convinced that you need to chat with your potential motivational speaker. On the phone. No secretaries. No speakers bureaus. You need to talk direct. Does he seem pleasant? Does he seem to understand your needs? Is he willing to shape his program around your needs, desired outcomes and goals? Does he feel more like a partner or more like a contractor?

Do your homework…. it will pay off. We promise.

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We talked about this before: you need to check the testimonials and references. But in addition, we’re convinced that you need to chat with your potential motivational speaker. On the phone. No secretaries. No speakers bureaus. You need to talk direct. Does he seem pleasant? Does he seem to understand your needs? Is he willing to shape his program around your needs, desired outcomes and goals? Does he feel more like a partner or more like a contractor?

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Because your audience will love you for it. Because people want and need to laugh. And because after — or before — a full day of learning your folks have earned a break.

But most of all, because laughter is totally consistent with Brad’s message of bringing levity, lightheartedness and our senses of humor along with us to the work. Humor in the workplace? You betcha. How better to deliver that message than with a laugh-out-loud funny motivational speaker?

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We talked about this before: you need to check the testimonials and references. But in addition, we’re convinced that you need to chat with your potential motivational speaker. On the phone. No secretaries. No speakers bureaus. You need to talk direct. Does he seem pleasant? Does he seem to understand your needs? Is he willing to shape his program around your needs, desired outcomes and goals? Does he feel more like a partner or more like a contractor?

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How to Choose a Motivational Speaker?

There are several things to consider. First, make sure they are good. As you well know, anybody with enough cash can toss up a good website. So check your speakers references. How many are there? Are they organizations you’ve heard of? Can you see any videos of people raving about your perspective speaker?

But go one step further: ask for references. Recent references. Expect emails and phone numbers.

Finally, make sure your speaker has experience with YOUR type of audience. Can he relate? Will your folks realize that your speaker “gets” them? How do you know? Ask your perspective motivational speaker: “Do you have experience with organizations like mine?” And then ask them to prove it. Seriously…. anybody can type that they are a “Top Motivational Speaker.” But before you send your deposit check, you should ask for — and receive — social proof.

Brad has worked in this biz for over 2 decades. He has tons of clients in dozens of industries ready to stand behind him and sing his praises. Ask us — we’re happy to introduce them to you.

One more from the military speaker photo vault!  I was working with Armed Forces Communication Association  and spoke to a wonderful mix of military, civilian and retired military.  But one of my favorite parts was AFTER the event when i was talking to Both Brigadier General Dwyer Dennis and Col. Greg Petriquin.   They both have wonderful senses of humor, and spoke to me about how they carefully (and thoughtfully) use humor and levity as part of their leadership style.  I was impressed with how much they had thought about it… But of course all leaders know about the power of humor.

It was an honor, gentlemen. Thanks so much.

Col. Petrequin proceeded to explain how when he was posted in Guam he had some fun Dress Mess shirts made…. And then he showed me.  As you can see, when he’s ready to be formal, he’s just another sharp military leader.  But if he takes off his jacket, he revealed some crazy loud party pattern sleeves.

It’s a total pattern:  people with the most stressful jobs are run by people with the best senses of humor.  Emergency room nurses, firemen, policemen, and military people have tough jobs…they NEED to understand how to blow off steam in a safe and effective way.  And big shocker… The Colonel has a terrific understanding about how to have fun in a way that is totally consistent with his job.

Ok….I’m off my soapbox now.  Thanks so much guys.  It was fun.  It was educational.  And it was an absolute honor.

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Military Speaker, Motivational Speaker and Fan of Fun Leaders!