What would it mean to you and your audience to inject more energy, surprise, and enthusiasm into your meeting or convention?  What would it mean to you and your mehire a flash mob companyeting if your audience couldn’t WAIT to start the learning?  What if your audience was sending photos and videos BACK to their co-workers bragging about what they are doing?

It would mean that your hum-drum meeting would be a wild success.  And I have just the thing for you:  a flash mob created INSTANTLY just for you and your organization.

 

It’s new.  It’s fun.  It’s high-energy.  It’s interactive and hands-on.  And it will move your meeting or convention up to an “11.”   (Who knows what that movie is from?)

Ready to hire a flash mob for your event?  Who needs a flash mob company?  Hire funny motivational speaker (and happiness expert) Brad Montgomery to make it happen for you and your team.  Trust me…this experience will be remembered and talked about LONG after the meeting is over.

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Yours for VERY fun corporate meetings,
Brad Montgomery
Flash Mob Company (sort of!), High-Energy Meeting Dude, Motivational Speaker

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I previously thought the world’s worst audience for a motivational speaker would be aMotivational Speakerwebinar, or radio show, or maybe a podcast, because there’s absolutely no way to see how the audience is receiving your message. I’ve done several webinars and radio shows, and it really throws my rhythm because I don’t have that instantaneous feedback that an audience provides an speaker.

When the audience is “out there” in the info-verse somewhere, it’s impossible to make the connection that every speaker needs to have with his or her audience. With an invisible audience there’s no way to know if you’re going too fast, if they’re smiling or laughing at your jokes, or if they’re just plain confused.

But while working in Kuwait with a few other international motivational speakers (and a few business, I heard a story that blew me away and made me realize I have yet to experience the worst possible audience. One of the other speakers presenting for the Kuwait Petroleum Corp was a executive coach and an “women’s empowerment” specialist.

She had what HAS to be the most difficult audience ever. She told me about a difficult motivational speaker audiencepresentation she made to a group of high powered corporate women for an oil company in Abu Dhabi. When she took a look at her audience for the first time, she felt her heart drop. All she saw was a sea of black. The women had come to her presentation in traditional Arab dress: black headscarves, black robes, black veils. Except for a narrow opening for their eyes, every identifiable facial feature was covered: noses, mouths, hair, heads, and she could barely see their eyes. Everyone was uniform, and sat quietly, staring at her, waiting for the presentation to begin.

Can you imagine? She wouldn’t be able to tell these women apart, or get visual cues about whether she was successful in capturing their attention, let alone whether they were even alert or interested. Moreover, in the Arab culture, formality is highly valued. Thus, Arab audiences do not show any strong reactions, no matter how interesting or informative a speaker may be. So for Mary, this was a nightmare: everyone dressed the same, no visual cues, no positive body language, added to a cultural divide of formality and lack of response. Everything she said was met with silence no matter how alarming, funny or interesting. She felt like she was speaking to an empty room.

It wasn’t anybody’s fault; it was just a fact. My fellow business speaker as not going to get any visual or audio feedback.

 

I’ve had some amazingly poor audiences: Like the drunk college kids in Colorado, where pizzas were ordered and delivered to someone in the audience. In Las Vegas I worked for arrogant, pompous sales people at a required sales conference. They were unhappy, hungover, and in sunglasses so they could sleep. During my talk, they covered their faces with their USA Todays and snored. At yet another fun-filled event, the company CEO was annoyed that I’d even been hired (I had been booked by a meeting planner, and the CEO was unaware I was coming), so he did his utmost to sabotage my performance, before, during and after, making nasty comments about what I’d had to say.

But now after talking with my new friend about audiences in the Middle East, I realize that Speaker audienceeven nasty comments are better than no comments, are better than no reaction. Getting boo-ed off the stage at least might have some future laugh value: I could tell a funny story about it. Someday.

But getting nothing but silence, without even the benefit of body language or facial expression, well, that sounds terrifying and humbling. As bad as some of my experiences have been, my new friend won the prize.

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What an interesting phrase: “Misery loves company.” It seems miseryboth true, and yet faintly ridiculous. How can anybody who’s miserable want company? When I’m miserable, all I want is to be left alone, curled in a little ball on my bed, sucking my thumb and clutching my baby blankie. Okay, maybe not really, but you get the idea. Don’t bother me—I’m miserable!

And yet . . . don’t we all know those people, those people at work who meander from work station to work station, carrying a tale of woe? They seem somehow compelled to repeat their litany of injustices done to them, their stories of unfairness, how they hate their job, why they’d quit tomorrow, but just can’t, how the boss hates them, and on and on. When you see the miserable person coming, you quick duck down a hallway, or into the bathroom (hoping you got the right one). Often you will see a small herd of people diving into cubicles or closets in advance of the miserable person’s approach. Have you ever seen a cubicle filled with thirty-five co-workers, all stacked up on the desk, under chairs, wedged into corners, hoping against hope that the miserable person will walk on by without noticing? It ain’t pretty.

So it would seem that while misery indeed does love company, the company doesn’t necessarily love the misery. What can you do?
Well, you can keep running and keep hiding, for one. But sooner or later, you’re going to round the corner and –smack!—run right into the MP. (That stands for Miserable Person, in case you didn’t get it.) And then you’re stuck. Stuck listening to the newest versions of how ABC Co. is sticking it to the MP and the world is going to hell in a hand-basket.

You can use, the “I gotta go,” excuse. “Sorry, MP, wish I could stay and chat, but I gotta go [fill in the blank—pee, meet with the boss, copy these reports, climb a tree, change into my superhero costume and save the world,etc., etc.]” Unfortunately the MP might just follow you.

You could sprinkle fairy dust on them and hope they turn into Happy Person. Happy Person is much more fun, and fun to meet in the hallway, than Miserable Person. Wouldn’t it be great if we could change MPs into HPs? I don’t know if it’s possible, but it might be worth a try. If you’re brave, you might say, “MP, you seem down today. (You’re thinking: More like every day—heavy sarcasm) Why don’t you try some of these tips and techniques I learned from Brad Montgomery on how to be more positive in the work place. You see, it’s scientifically proven that positive, upbeat people live longer and are healthier than unhappy, negative people. You want to live longer, don’t you?”

It is true that those who report being more satisfied with life do tend to be healthier, which in turn, leads to longevity in life. (See this article on WebMD.  Moreover, negative emotions like anger and anxiety can lead to chronic health conditions like heart disease or stroke. (See this article at Harvard Public Health.

Motivational Speaker Brad Montgomery

Motivational Speaker Brad Montgomery

So I guess it’s true that misery loves company. The bad kind of company like hospitals and doctors and nursing homes.

If misery loves company, then what about happiness? Does it love company too? What I know for sure is that companies love happiness, because happy employees lead to bigger bottom lines. Happy employees have longer life spans, have better health, are more likely to be in happy marriages or partnerships, all of which complete the circle and make employees happier at work. (See this article in the Huffington Post. )

Best of all, meaningful work makes happier employees, which results in better workers and higher productivity. (See this article at the New York Times. ) This is called employee engagement. Employees who are engaged in their work are happier overall, and are the best kind of employees to have.

How do you get employee engagement? Well, one way is to use my fool-proof, time-tested techniques and tips of the happiness trade to both motivate and inspire employees to create the best kind of job satisfaction they can have. The kind that comes from inside. The kind that says we are proud of what we do and we want to share it.

So spread the news! Satisfaction at work creates satisfied employees, who are more productive and create satisfied managers. Satisfied managers create happier CEOs. And happier CEOs create better products, which lead to happier consumers buying more stuff, which leads to a stronger economy. (Why isn’t Obama’s or Romney’s team talking to me?!!!) And that’s the answer to the age-old question, “If misery loves company, what then does happiness love?” The answer? Happiness loves companies! And companies love happiness.

Get on board the happiness train today. Call Brad Montgomery, happiness speaker, motivational humorist, and all around great guy. He speaks on creating happiness in the workplace, creating positive work-life balance, and most of all, creating positive, encouraging, engaged employees who care about what they do and who they work with.  Call today to book motivational Speaker Brad Montgomery.

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