[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

Call change speaker Brad Montgomery

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!

303-691-0726

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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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yeah.  It’s a short post. (And a short video.)

Check out the video….then read on.  I actually have a point.  (Surprise!)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/WUDe3AwCjVY”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In this case I was gonna be a total surprise to the audience.  They had NO IDEA that:

  •  I was a keynote speaker.  (Not a trainer.)
  • That I would use stories, humor and fun to engage them.
  • That I was asked to speak for 75 minutes.Funny Motivational Speaker Funny Motivational Speaker
  • That I was going to be funny.  Upbeat. Fun.

What does this mean? It means that the audience was more or less shocked for the first 10 minutes I was on.  It took this long to get them to trust me, to understand that it was going to be fun, to relax, and to be ready to listen to me.

Yeah, I got it done.  I earned them.  (Yeah, I was proud.)  But it would have been SO MUCH BETTER for the audience — and easier for me — if the conference had just warned them what I was coming.

Want to get the most out of your business speaker?  Want your audience to learn as much as possible from your speaker? Sure ya do. What should you do?

• Tell your audience what to expect?
• Tell them how long to expect you the speech to last.
• Tell them that you expect it to be fun…and that’s on purpose.  You know they’ll enjoy it too.

 


Brad Montgomery is a funny motivational speaker and business keynote speaker based out of Denver, Colorado. He works across the world and around the world.  Call today and tell us what your goals are for your people, your organization, and your meeting or convention.  We’ll work hard to customize a funny program that makes a business difference.

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to work for the city of Montrose Colorado.   My client wrote up a summary of my talk and I publish it here with her permission.

2016 is the Year of Being Happy and Awesome

The January 14, 2016 County wide employee meeting was a celebration of and appreciation for our employees and what they accomplished in 2015. We recognized employee service anniversaries, recapped County accomplishment for 2015 and outlined what to expect in 2016.

In celebrating our employees, we invited motivational speakerThe secobradpointingnd Brad Montgomery to inspire us to be awesome and have fun at work. He contends happy (awesome) people are more productive and ultimately successful. At times organizational leaders think having fun at work is counter-productive but Brad and others disagree.  Shawn Achor writes in the book The Happiness Advantage, “Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful and if we are more successful we will be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, etc. happiness will follow. But recent discoveries have shown that this formula is actually backwards: Happiness actually fuels success.”  Brad showed us that having fun at work can lead to higher productivity with less energy, improved customer service and better business practices.

Brad also told us one way to have fun is to embrace awesome! By embracing awesome we are raising ourselves to higher levels.  Embracing awesome is at the core of what our County values, Serving with PRIDE (People Representing Integrity and Delivering Excellence), are all about.  Brad reminded us of a couple key components to being AWESOME:

  1. Know You’re Awesome – most of us don’t recognize our potential and what we contribute to the Montrose County team on a daily basis. We all bring unique and amazing talents that contribute to the success of the team.  Are you using all of your talents and potential?
  1. Celebrate Awesome – Brad challenged us to find and have “confetti moments”. What are confetti moments?  We tend to forget even the small contributions we make should be celebrated. One example he gave was, “I showed up for work today, confetti, on time, more confetti! Be like a magician and celebrate every feat you accomplish.
  1. Embrace Your Awesomeness – own up to the fact that you have oodles to share.  As you embrace your awesomeness, others will notice and begin to share theirs. We then begin to raise our standards and expectations and become an awesome organization.
  1. Share Your Awesome – throw awesome bombs whenever possible.  Recognize people when they are embracing their awesome or sharing their awesome with others. Awesome bombs come in many forms; a simple thank you for all you do, a note to a person’s supervisor about how he/she went above and beyond or solved a difficult situation. What are awesome bombs you can give to your co-workers, supervisors or even your friends and family?
  1. Life is Awesome – don’t forget to have fun and enjoy all it has to offer. If you want to achieve more, at work and at home, and be basically AWESOME, you need to systematically invest in happiness. The good news is this investment is basically free.

Happiness and awesomeness are attitudes that you choose.  The happiness fairy is not going to come waltzing in with a magic wand to make you happy. Nobody else is going to make you happy or make your job fun, it is your choice. Coming to the realization that happiness and job satisfaction are things we can control is often enough to kick start joy. Be happy and awesome in all you do. Make 2016 the year of AWESOME!

 

Looking for a motivational speaker to inspire and motivate your people to get the best out of themselves and those people around them? Contact us here.

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 this morning I came uponmotivational speakera third grade teacher putting up smiley faces over each student’s locker. As I got closer, I realized that each smiley face had a quote from you (Brad Montgomery) at the bottom. Along with your quote, each face had a personalized message for every student on it. When I asked the teacher, “What are you doing?” She said that all of the teachers are creating a personalized smiley face for every student to be hung up before the Christmas concert. Following the concert, the parents are to take them home with them. I thought you would want to see that your message is alive and well here in Medford. (See attached pics)

I still have staff coming up to me and saying, “The speaker you brought in was exactly what I needed!” In fact, one second grade teacher made it a point to tell me that your message had changed her outlook on life. She described herself as a complainer (which was true), and after she heard your message she had decided that she was going to turn over a new leaf and stop complaining about everything. She said she has never felt so UN-stressed as she does this year.

Last week I took a bunch of high school teachers to a conference. One of them stated that she so enjoyed your message that she thought I should continue the theme into January’s inservice. That’s when I had this idea (which of course involves you)! Would you be willing to record a short (2-3 minute) video for me to show to the staff, so that they can be reminded of the “The Happy” that you gave them in August? If so, I I think it would be the extra motivation to get them over the COLD winter months.

Thanks again! Wishing you happiness and good health. 330.png

Laura?


L Lundy
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Medford School District
Wisconsin

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Thanks Laura for taking the time to send me this note. You made my day.

(For the record I do provide follow-up videos for my clients at an additional fee. But as you might have totally guess will be sending one to Laura. It will be – and I mean this literally – my absolute pleasure.

Looking for an educators speaker? A motivational speaker for your in-service? I hope you’ll consider me. Contact me here.

 

Brad Montgomery is a very funny motivational speaker with with some very serious ideas about getting the most out of you and those people around you. For more information or a free consultation about how Brad and create an event that is meaningful, memorable, and totally relevant to you and your people give us a call at 303.691.0726

Booking Colorado Speaker Brad Montgomery IN Colorado is a good return on your conference investment

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader, Proud to call Colorado home

For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Hi, this is Brad Montgomery. I’m a Colorado speaker and I wanted to talk to you about what that means and why should you care.

Well, in my case, I happen to be a national speaker. I speak everywhere. I’ve spoken in all 50 states. I’ve spoken on four continents and I’d love to speak for you no matter where you are, no matter where your event is being held. Having said that, I happen to live in the very fine state of Colorado where it’s snowing outside, by the way, and if you’re planning an event in Colorado, well I really hope you consider me especially hard for that event. Yeah, no matter where you are, I’m interested, but if your event’s in Colorado, I’m double-interested.

Two Great Reasons To Hire A Motivational Speaker That Lives In Colorado

And how does that help you? There are two reasons if you’re having your event in Denver or in Vail or one of the resorts in the Rocky Mountains. If you’re having your event in Colorado, there’s two reasons to hire a Colorado speaker.

Number one, it saves you some money. Right off the top, you’re saving all the travel expenses and not always, but usually, the hotel expenses.

I just bought a ticket to Florida. I bought with plenty of advance notice, it wasn’t first class, it was nearly $1,000. Alright, so that’s just crazy expensive, I know. I know your conference is wildly expensive, but wouldn’t it be nice to save nearly $1,000 on the airline ticket? Sure.

But the other savings you’ll have is anxiety because I’ve learned, depending on your personality type, if you’re like most of my meeting planners, there’s always a tiny bit of anxiety that that speaker won’t make it because of some travel dilemma, some weather dilemma or something that’s outside of your control and then you’re looking at a blank stage, having to explain to your audience of 12 to 12,000 people why you don’t have a keynote speaker.

So when you’re booking somebody who doesn’t have to go through the airlines and just has to, you know my car can break and I could take a cab, I guess, right? I can get to your event if it’s here in Colorado. So one, saves money. Two, saves anxiety.

Alright, hope that’s helpful to you. If you’re looking for a Colorado speaker, I’d love to be your guy. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker who’s funny, who’s relevant, who can connect lightheartedness and humor to your bottom line, I’d love to be your guy no matter where you are. But if you’re in Colorado, I really hope you’ll give us a call.

Alright, bradmontgomery.com, you can learn more at funnymotivationalspeakers.com. Would love to chat with you. Give me a call and we’ll figure out how to make your event a rocking success.

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Three Reasons To Hire a Colorado Speaker

1) If your event is in Colorado, you can lower your stress by booking a speaker who is already there.  To be honest, after doing

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Colorado Speaker Brad Montgomery

 

this job for two plus decades, I’ve NEVER had a problem getting to a job.  (Ok, one time…but only once.)   But nearly every time my meeting planner clients are worried about my travel.  Will the plane take off on time?  Will there be a glitch with the travel?  Will the weather cause cancellations?   But when they know that I’m already in town, they can take a deep breath and worry about more important things.

 

2)  You can save some real money on expenses and travel if you book a speaker who won’t have any.   My travel and expenses range from $400 to $1200.  That’s enough money to at least consider.

3)  I live in Colorado, and I’m a darned good speaker with a long and solid track record.  If you decide to book a Colorado speaker, you can book me.

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Colorado Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Native Coloradoan

Related Links and Articles:
Brad’s Blog…read about Colorado Speakers there.
Colorado speaker on Brad’s other speaker site.
Colorado Speaker welcome on Youtube
Brad in the Coloradoan Newspaper:  https://www.bradmontgomery.com/states/coloradoan
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Preview video on YouTube
Brad worked for the Denver Broncos. See the testimonial video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr6chlr27ic
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