[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]IMG_0257A little while ago, I received a plaque in the mail commemorating the fact that I have flown one million miles on United Airlines.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Okay, let’s repeat that number. One million miles. ONE MILLION. 1,000,000. That is a lot of miles. And it’s not even including the hundreds of thousands of miles I’ve flown on different airlines.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I started thinking when I saw that number. Was flying one million miles worth it? Does it continue to be worth it, as I continue to work and travel? And I came up with three big things that flying one million miles has taught me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here are the three things:

  1. You can control your attitude
  2. Fatigue is the Enemy of Happiness
  3. No job is perfect

Okay, let me explain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You can control your attitude:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since a lot of travel involves waiting, I’ve done my fair share observing those around me in the airports and planes. And here’s what I’ve noticed: these places are thick with miserable people. I think that in most cases, these people have made themselves miserable, because they are constantly complaining.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Traveling has been one of the best ways of reminding myself that I can control my own attitude because travel is thick with those who are lousy at controlling their attitudes. These people complain loudly and for a long time about planes being delayed, flights being canceled, and a host of other issues. I agree that these issues are no fun at all to deal with. I admit that I would rather avoid these issues than have to deal with them myself. However, by complaining, nothing changes in the flight schedule. The only thing that changes is the people who are complaining make themselves miserable.IMG_2647[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I don’t want to be like these people. Being exposed to these people repeatedly has been a good lesson for me by showing me that we can control our own attitude.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fatigue makes it hard to be happy:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It took me a while to realize this, but now that I have seen countless examples in myself, I realize that I should have learned this a long time ago. And now that I know that fatigue makes it hard to be happy, I embrace the fatigue instead of fighting it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]business speakerWhat do I mean by that? I mean that I try to avoid the parts of travel that make a person excessively tired. For example, instead of taking the last flight and getting to my hotel at midnight, I take an earlier flight, eat dinner, exercise a little bit, and go to bed thinking that my day wasn’t so bad and that I’m glad to be there.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I think that part is key to any part of life: Make yourself glad to be there or to be doing what you’re doing. But you can’t be happy if you’re tired.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No job is perfect:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This idea brings to mind the old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I absolutely love my job. But one thing that I don’t love so much is the traveling part of my job. Of course, I could switch to a job where I travel less, but I know that I will find something about a new job that I don’t like. Thinking like that gives me a reality check: Life isn’t perfect. My job isn’t perfect. No matter what you do, something about that job or chore or whatever it is that you’re doing, something about it won’t be perfect.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is always a cost or a penalty to whatever you do. In my job, it happens to be the travel. In spite of this, I love love love my job. In my perfect world I would travel less, but life isn’t perfect, and it all works out in the end, because I still have a phenomenal job. In the end, it all works out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/pxMvj8jUfV0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Call change speaker Brad Montgomery

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When he’s not traveling, Brad Montgomery enjoys standing in front of audiences and doing his best to engage the people part of business. Interested in Brad’s work? Call now for a free consultation! You won’t be sorry!

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Interactivity is a HUGE deal in the meeting and convention industry.  You NEED to ask your Motivational-audiencepotential business or motivational speaker, “What do you do to engage with my audience?”

Here’s the deal:  audiences are too savvy and experienced to be TALKED AT for even 45 minutes.  If you’re going an hour or more with just a talking head you’re losing a bunch of your audiences.  They just can learn for that long sitting and listening.  They have to be involved.

I have a bunch of more energetic techniques to get them up, moving, laughing, and most importantly learning.  But I also have a few more mellow ways for them to engage.

The keys are:

• Talking Heads are useful, but you have to limit that technique.

• They want to be involved and engaged

• They want me to tie in the interactivity with my message.  They don’t want to waste their time.

• The interactivity has to be fresh and fun, as well as meaningful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/CrQvYFygSuQ”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s a video of a couple of things I’ve been doing recently on stage to further engage my audiences.  Check it out!

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Today I’m talking about something I call temporary incompetence. What’s that?  Well, stay with me and I’ll tell you. I’ll also tell you how it helps you in your work. But first I’ll tell you about my vacation.  (Trust me, it’ll all make sense in the end.)

A little while ago I went on a two week vacation with my family to Brazil. It was a great trip, and I had a phenomenal time. On our very first day, we went to a little cafe on the streets of Rio de Janeiro looking for some snacks and drinks. The process of ordering snacks and drinks turned into a small adventure of its own because we didn’t know a lot of things about ordering in a cafe in Rio de Janeiro.


What we didn’t know:
1   The language
2   The system
3   How to order
4   How to paybrazil

Because we didn’t know these things, my family and I were what I call temporarily incompetent. We were temporarily incompetent at ordering snacks.

Of course, it all turned out in the end. It ended up being an awesome adventure and one of my fondest memories from the trip.

The idea of temporary incompetence doesn’t only apply to situations in a cafe in Brazil, it also applies to your jobs at the office. A lot of things change at the office, whether it be a new system, new software, new regulations, or a different sales process.

Nobody wants change. If you have ever experienced any of these changes or other similar ones, and freaked out a little, you aren’t alone. We don’t want changes because we might be really good at the old system, we might be slow at learning things, and we don’t want to be temporarily incompetent. Nobody likes the feeling of incompetence, even temporarily.  I sure don’t.  But actually,

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experiencing temporary incompetence can help us.

So what’s the difference with changes at the office and finding yourself in a sticky situation while you’re on vacation? The difference is only in our head.  Feeling incompetent shakes us up, stresses us out, blasts us out of our rut. And that’s good. Who wants unending sameness?  We all need shaking up on a temporary basis. It’s good for our psyche, it’s good for our brain, and it’s good for our self-confidence. Because it’s temporary. And then we become competent again. The only way we grow is through change. The only way we’re motivated to change is through temporary incompetence.

Here’s what we all need to do when we find ourselves freaking out over the changes at the office:
1.   Change our perspective
2.   Relish the challenge of change
3.  Embrace the change

Change is difficult. However, change is needed. It is how you stay ahead of the competition, it can bring advantages, flexibility and confidence. And, as I learned during my Brazilian cafe adventure, being temporarily incompetent can be kind of fun.

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While he isn’t exploring the streets of Brazil, Brad Montgomery is a professional speaker that uses humor, story and passion to engage with his audiences. Call today to get a free consultation!

Worried about choosing a motivational speaker?  I don’t blame you.  It’s a big deal.

Here Are three easy things to do to assure you’re getting the right speaker;  a speaker Motivational Speakeryou KNOW can deliver.

  1.  Ask your perspective business speaker to talk to recent (and I mean very recent) clients.  For extra credit ask them to talk to clients having a similar meeting for a similar audience.  If your speaker can’t come up with anything recent, ask them why not.
  2. Search the ‘net for a body of work.  Sure, you want to see the latest video.  But knowing that your speaker has been working, improving, fine-tuning, and changing their approach for years and years and years should give you comfort.  Don’t worry if the video from 10 years ago is horrible. Be happy that your speaker has been at it for at least 10 years.  (And of course, make sure you like the most recent video.)
  3. Check for referrals from the audiences of your speaker.  You want your speaker to make you, the meeting planner happy.  But you also want your speaker to offer value to your audience.

Call us now and we’ll happily answer all three questions.

And, since you asked (ok, maybe that was just in my head) here are some recent notes our recent client St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana just sent.  We’re proud of ’em.

Call us now and we’ll get you all the information you need.


 

“Our event with Brad was a huge success! Brad was very warm and easy to talk to. He was interested in really getting to know us and you could tell by the dinner conversation. The staff were so complimentary and I can’t tell you how many shared that it was so much better than they thought it would be. Brad was so engaging with the staff and he was able to get them to relax, learn about happiness and have a great time doing it. His presentation was very funny and kept the crowd listening and they had take-away’s for sure. We receive updates from the managers at closings of each night and they had so many compliments from the staff’s change in attitude after they heard Brad speak. Some of them are listed below. I also have attached the notes from his message and a facebook post from one of our staff after the event. The great thing is the message of happiness was heard and they intend to use at work and home. I would highly recommend Brad to any of your clients.” – Jennifer A

Morale was AWESOME this evening! I feel like the staff walked away with a great attitude after this afternoons University Day session! Thank you to everyone who played a part in putting this together! I would really like to keep this momentum in the coming days during preshift! One of the happiest shifts I’ve worked in a long time. Huge success in my opinion.  –Sarah W.   

I have to agree with Sarah that everyone was in really great spirits this evening after the meeting. Some may have been sarcastic and joking, but I think they all have definitely opened their eyes and attitudes to being happy and making others happy while here.  –Amanda F.  

UNIVERSITY DAY! What a great event!  –Kara B.   


Brad Montgomery is a business speaker who helps to get your people to Buy In.  They already know what to do…he helps them WANT to do it.  Because it’s good for them and good for business.  And also because it can be really fun.  Learn more about this motivational speaker at https://www.bradmontgomery.com

Often, minimal expectations result in maximum happiness.

I almost ruined my family vacation;  but it ended up being one of the best experiences we’ve had as a family. And I think I know why.

Let’s start at the beginning: I suck at advance planning. Ok, maybe I don’t suck at planning.  I suck at putting time aside to plan for vacations.

Leading up to summer vacation things had been hectic and chaotic … even the day before the vacation we had no idea what we were going to do.  No tickets.  No plans.  No nothing.  The day before we were to leave we were clueless.

Let me be clear:  At about 11 PM the night before we were to leave — theoretically —  we had exactly zero concrete plans for our vacation.  What we did have is a couple of stressed out parents.  “I’ve ruined the vacation before it started,” I thought.

My wife was hacked off at me, as she’d been trying to pin me down on vacation plans for several months.  But I was really busy with work, and on the road, and kept putting her off.  I’m sure I had a couple of dozen excuses, though they escape me just now.  ”I’m an idiot” I thought.Expectations-happiness

To my credit, I didn’t start planning at 11…don’t be silly.  I started in earnest about 5pm.

Ok, let’s think this out.  Clearly, without airline tickets it was going to be a driving vacation.  But where? Yellowstone is cool — let’s go there!

After just a dozen calls and a few web searches, it was becoming clear that we were never going to find a hotel anywhere near Yellowstone — or any other popular destination — because we were so late in planning.  Everything was booked.  It’s summer vacation.  Normal people plan ahead.   Check that:  everybody plans ahead.  Except for me.

To make things worse, this was the week before July 4th… Vacation spots were booked up months ago.  On the bright side, only a couple of hotel people I talked to that evening laughed at me.  Only one of them was downright mean.

Oh!  I have an idea!  Around midnight, I decided to check out renting a motorhome:  if we’re gonna drive, let’s make it fun!  If we are driving a hotel, we don’t need to book one.  Right?

At about 2am, unbelievably, I was able to reserve our very own motorhome for the next morning. (I didn’t learn until the next day just how lucky we were. Apparently getting a motor home literally last minute for the week before July 4 is a little bit like winning the lottery, except that it requires a large down payment and a valid drivers license.  I was told the next day by the rental agent that many of the other customers had booked their motor homes over 1 year in advance. I got ours about 7 hours in advance.)

Sometime after securing the motor home rental, I started looking into where to drive it. Again, the really cool spots like Yellowstone were clearly going to be an issue. Camping spaces and camping areas in the popular places like National Parks were totally gone. Apparently the camping people are as organized as that hotel people.

So yet again, we had no plans for the vacation that we had already begun.  Yeah, we had a motor home.  But unless we were willing to park it in WalMart parking lots around the nation, I still had a pretty huge problem.

Ok, we can’t go where everybody else wants to go.  Where are people NOT going?  So instead of looking west (Rocky Mountains, National Parks, Yellowstone), we looked east.  And almost directly east was a giant state we knew little about.  So we decided to drive to Nebraska. Yeah, Nebraska. (I’m not knocking any of you who live in Nebraska but come on! Even Nebraskans don’t vacation in Nebraska.)

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Yes. A Motorhome.

But here’s were things started to get good. Knowing little-to-nothing about Nebraska made it easy to have zero expectations for the trip. What is there to see or do in Nebraska?  Are there awesome state parks or camp sites or….what is in Nebraska anyway besides corn and cows?

We didn’t realize it at the time, but having no idea about where we were headed, what it would be like, what we would do, and even why we were going to Nebraska, was either a disaster waiting to happen, or was a darn good recipe for a great vacation.

By noon the next day, we had packed our clothes into the motorhome, we were headed east towards Nebraska … we still had no plans:

  • Where are we going to stay?
  • What’s it like to camp in a motorhome? Can we do this?
  • Is Nebraska boring?

You may be surprised to find out that we had an incredible family vacation after all:

  • We tubed down a river …  An insect-ridden, snake-filled river criss-crossed with barbed wire and lined IMG_8197by dead trees with jagged branches waiting to impale the unwary.  The Dismal River (that’s its real name).  It was horrible… And we all loved every minute of it.  (Well, almost every minute of it.  Did I mention the snakes?)
  •  My daughter lost the keys to the motorhome in the Dismal River (see above) which caused a little bit of excitement. But it turns out that we got to spend some time in a teensy little town we liked, we learned a little bit about breaking into motorhomes, and found out that locksmiths in Nebraska are ridiculously kind and generous.  (Without the keys, we couldn’t drive anywhere, but hey!  We had our house with us!)
  • We went to a tractor pull—I never would’ve searched to a tractor pull, but we sorta found one by accident.  It was crazy. It was loud.  Really loud.  We didn’t understand it. I have no idea why it was fun. We loved that too.  (Ok, so my wife and daughters didn’t love it so much.  But my son and I thought it was really cool.)
  • We swam in a cool swimming hole lined with cottonwoods and wildflowers.
  • We saw Carhenge.  Google it.  Somebody made a model Stonehenge with old cars.  Very bizarre and very cool.
  • We drove through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, a beautiful area of rolling hills and cows, which was unusually bright green with grasses from all the recent rains.
  • We ran the side of the motor home into a tree in Scotts Bluff and met some really nice motor home IMG_8127repair guys who worked on it for at least an hour without charging us.  (We bought them beers.)
  • We shopped at the original Cabelas outdoors store in Sydney, NE.  It was huge with an even huger parking lot for all the motorhomes, campers and trailers.
  • We camped in the Nebraska National Forest, which is an actual forest, hand planted one hundred years ago in the Nebraska prairie and which is now home to numerous different species of trees and plant life, used for both research and recreation.  Who knew?
  • We saw Chimney Rock, a noted landmark for pioneers crossing the prairie in wagons along the Oregon, California and Mormon trails.

I think the reason our trip to Nebraska was such a good experience was because we were able to be in the now, because we had no expectations. We had nothing riding on the vacation; we had no hopes or anxieties, no fears, and no anticipations. And to be honest, we were at least a teensy bit grateful that we were able to get out of town at all.

Unlike the The Holidays, which are filled with expectations and hopes, memories from the past, and an unending stream of images in popular culture of how it’s supposed to be, we knew absolutely nothing about Nebraska.  Knowing nothing helped us really focus on just experiencing what was happening.

We were ready for a good time, so we found one!

One of the most overused clichés we hear all the time is “Live in the present.”   Yeah, it sounds nice.  IMG_8050But what does it really mean and how do you do it?   Here’s my take:  living in the past is distracting and unhelpful.  It’s filled with regrets and remorse, and it sometimes sets unreasonable expectations. Living in the future is also a recipe for failure, and tends to fill us with anxiety and sometimes fear. The only reasonable answer is living in the current moment..   And what our trip to Nebraska taught me was that living in the moment is easier when you have as few expectations as possible.

What does this mean for you?   All of us want to be happier. We want to be more satisfied and content. One way to do this is just to try to open ourselves up for whatever happens.  If we can just allow ourselves to go with it and abandon any expectations – good or bad – our chances of successfully enjoying ourselves go up exponentially.  So let it go.

How is this day gonna go?   That meeting you are geared up for?  The interaction you are a little nervous about?   Who knows?  Let it go…. Enjoy the fact that you don’t know;  it makes you better.

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Putting pennies on the train tracks in Nebraska.

Looking for a Nebraska motivational speaker?  Or just a speaker who really likes tractor pulls and small-town-diner-pie?  Brad Montgomery is a funny motivational speaker — who only sometimes is found driving around rural America.  Contact us here.