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We now present the fifth in a series of articles about:
How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Totally Trustworthy Guy

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here is the video transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from funnymotivationalspeakers.com, and bradmontgomery.com, here with another idea on working with top motivational keynote speakers.

All right, here’s the advice of the day: the advice is be very, very picky when choosing or selecting your keynote speaker, but then once you hire them I want you to trust them implicitly to do their job.

So what do I mean? What I mean is that so often I see this mistake: meeting planners or the CEO or whomever is worried about the motivational speaker hires them, which is good, and runs them through a complete gauntlet of a litmus test to make sure that they have the right person. That’s really good.

But then once they hire them, they continue the micro managing. That’s not really good. Hire a really good speaker and then once you hire them ask them what they need to deliver the best program for you. Get them what they need, and then – this is the point – let them do it. Let them do it. So let me give you a story, this really happened to me. I was working for a huge corporation in California. Not telling you who ‘cause I really like my job, and they really ran me through the gauntlet to make sure I was the right guy. I was very flattered to be chosen.

They spent a lot of time on conference calls with me. That was really great. They did more conference calls with me; that was great too. Whatever it takes.

And then once I got there I thought we were ready to go. We were literally ten minutes from the time that they were about to say, “And now please welcome our motivational speaker Brad Montgomery,” when the CEO, the very person who had spent all this time on the phone with me, came to me and said, “so you’re talking about this, that and this? Uh, I don’t, I don’t think so.” What? You’re kidding me.

So it did a couple of things. First it shook me up. I admit it, it shook me up. I’m thinking, “Wait, this is my client. He knows what I’m talking about, and before there’s time to make a lot of significant changes he’s telling me he thinks this is a bad idea.” This is not the way to get the most out of your keynote speaker.

Hire your speaker, then trust them to do their job

This is not a good idea. The way I handled it happily worked out. I just said, “Well here’s what I’m prepared to offer. You know, I’m going to do this and this. These are the things we talked about. I’m prepared to do it right now. You have a choice; you can either send me out in front of your audience and I will deliver that as we had planned, or if you like you can not send me out. But that’s what I’m prepared to deliver today, and you hired me either way so you can choose.”

You know, I sounded pretty confident when I said that, but I don’t mind telling you, I wasn’t that confident. I was really shaken up, and then when I went out on stage I was connecting with the audience, but in my mind I’m still thinking about the CEO, my client, wondering, you know… It was just not a good idea. So it works out fine in the end, but not as good as it could have if he would’ve sent me out there ready to rock.

Let Your Speaker Know You Trust Them

That’s my question for you, what are you doing to let your speaker know that you trust them, and they’re ready to go, and you want them to deliver their very best. Are you micro managing them? Are you talking a lot about what they’re wearing to the keynote speech? Yes, I’ve had that question. Are you asking them for a script about what they’re going to say? Yes, I’ve had that happen. Are you trying to approve the music that they’re going to use or whatever? Yes, I’ve had that happen. Don’t do that.

Of course I want to work for you. I hope you know that. I want you to pick me. I’d love it if you picked me. But once you go through the rigorous process of deciding who to choose, what I really would ask you to do is say, “What do you need to succeed with this?” help them get those things, and then sit back and let them do it. They’ll make you look good, I promise.

Love to be your guy. It’s Brad Montgomery, bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. Make it a great day. Hope I get to talk to you soon. Call me. We’ll talk about it.

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We now present the fourth in a series of articles about:
How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

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

Brad Montgomery,

Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Loves to Multi-Task

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here is the video transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from bradmontgomery.com with another tip or suggestion on getting the most return on an investment from your motivational or inspirational speaker.  Well today the plan is find a speaker who can do more than one thing for you.  So that means can your speaker do multiple things for you at your single event?

So why is this important?  Well I think it’s important for two reasons.  One, I think it’s an easy way to get a huge increase in value with only a minimal increase in investment.  So what do I mean?  I’m talking about if you hire a speaker to do a keynote speech, what else can they do?  Are they an MC?  Can they be a Master of Ceremonies?  Can they do entertainment after dinner?

One of the things I do is a little energy boost, game show segments to help boost the energy throughout the day.  I’ve got a whole bunch of ideas about team building, doing lunches and dinners.  I’ve got a  million ideas because I’ve been at this so long, just kind of whole big back of tricks.  So some of my favorite clients are the ones that say, “Brad, we’ve got you here; how can we get more out of you?”  And the result is really fun.

So the first benefit is you save a lot of money ‘cause you’ve already got your speaker there, you’ve paid for the travel and the increase really is not that much.  So in other words, if you have one speaker do two things you’re not paying twice as much.  It’s like Costco.

Get The Most Out Of Brad While He’s Already At Your Event!

All right, but the other reason why this is such a great idea is once your motivational speaker or keynote speaker has connected with your audience and your audience has connected with them, it’s really cool to follow up with that connection and get the most out of that connection.

So what do I mean?  Let me give you an example.  If, for example, I work in the morning as your keynote speaker.  Then we laugh and we’re going to make that audience just crack up and they’re going to start to know me and they’ll know how I think and how I feel and they’ll start to understand my sense of humor.  Which means that if I come back an hour and a half later to introduce the next speaker or to head up some sort of team building experience or to even just do the like housekeeping notes, just deliver those boring items but in a really fun and upbeat way, what the audience thinks to themselves is, “Oh goodie, he’s back.  This guy’s funny,” and it raises the energy in the room.  And the reason the energy increase is important is ‘cause it makes sure that your people are ready to learn and ready to receive value from your meeting or your conference not just during the keynote speech, but all the way through.  Pretty cool idea, huh?

The other advantage to using one speaker for multiple events is it saves time and it’s sort of a complex thought, so stick with me.  As a motivational speaker one of the most important parts of my job is the first few minutes of any speech because that’s when the audience is sizing me up.  That’s when I really need to make sure that they understand me and get me.  And only after they understand me and trust me can I start to teach them.  And if you think about it, that appeals to your common sense.  It’s always that way no matter who you’re learning from.  First you have to trust your teacher, and only then do you start to learn.

Brad entertaining an audience in Las Vegas

Well once we have invested that time and energy to get your audience to know me and trust me and like me, that means each additional time I’m in front of that audience we get to start way ahead.  We don’t have to start back at the beginning; we can just start at the point after they already know me and trust me and they’re ready to laugh and learn.  So it’s a really cool way to get a little bit of extra time.  You get it?

So here’s a very specific example.  If I give a keynote speech, the first 10 or 15 minutes really is getting them to know me and like me and trust me.  But then if we follow it with a breakout session, we can start out the breakout session on minute one for some hard hitting, you know, techniques and ideas that they can implement right away ‘cause we don’t have to do that warm up.  We can just say, “Hey, it’s good to have you here.  I’m flattered that the room is full.  Lets start.”  And you can.  You don’t have to do the blah, blah, blah.  All right, I like the blah, blah, blah.  Because that’s where the jokes are usually.  But I know that you want return on your investment when you’re hiring a motivational speaker, and that’s why you’re looking at this video.

All right, I hope that was helpful.  My name is Brad Montgomery, and I’d love to be part of your team and I’d love to be helping you to get a huge return on your speaker investment.  So give us a call.  You can find us at bradmontgomery.com.  Or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. You can click the links down there.  I don’t know where they are.  You’ll find them.   Have a great day.

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Here is number five in our series of articles about “Top Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Speaker”

Professional Speaker or Celebrity Speaker?

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

Don’t Hire a Celebrity Speaker Unless You’re Ready to Take a Risk.

Very commonly, especially with my association clients, meeting planners love to hire celebrity speakers.  And I admit, there are a couple of very attractive reasons to hire celebrity speakers.  The main reason is to get people to attend the conference.  If you have a big celebrity headlining your keynote, people might be more inclined to attend the conference, which admittedly, is important.

But having said that, my experience, not ever having hired a speaker, but with working with hundreds or thousands of meeting planners who have worked with speakers both professional and celebrity, is that celebrity speakers tend not to deliver.  And if you think about it, this makes sense.  Celebrities are famous for doing something besides speaking.  They are football coaches, they are actors, they are movie stars, they are Olympic gold medalists.  They are not speakers.  And because their business does not depend on them delivering an outstanding keynote, experience tells me that more times than not, they don’t deliver an outstanding speech.

One meeting planner confided to a professional speaker pal of mine, that he hires a celebrity speaker to bring people to the conference and then he hires professional motivational speakers to actually deliver the goods.  Well, this is all fine and good, if you have the budget for both:  an overpriced celebrity speaker, and a top shelf professional speaker.

Hire a Professional Speaker to get your message across

But I suspect at the end of the day, if you think long term, even if you have that extra budget, you’re better off investing in professional speakers.  Why?  Two reasons; first, professional speakers deliver.  If you hire the right person, if you hire the person with experience who has a message that you feel will resonate with your organization or your audience, your professional speaker is paid to deliver.  And that means, not just deliver a speech, but to deliver excellence, to deliver lasting behavior change, and to deliver an experience that your people will remember and talk about long after that conference is over.

The second reason is,  if you think long term,  professional speakers are a better investment than celebrity speakers.  Professional speakers, if they’re any good, will make a huge impact on your audience and that audience, when they are considering whether or not to attend the following year’s conference or convention, will remember the power of that professional speaker much more favorably than they will remember the fact that there was a mediocre, disappointing, but famous speaker, at the conference.

In other words, if you hire a pro speaker, you’re thinking long term and you’re thinking wisely.  You’re realizing that a professional speaker will make a greater impact on your conference than your celebrity speaker.  Hire a professional speaker and you won’t be sorry.  The celebrities are great, but all you need is the autograph and then you can move on.

Are you looking for a professional speaker and don’t need a celebrity?  Hire me! I’d love to be your guy.

Brad Montgomery
Professional Speaker, Fan of Celebrities, Not a Celebrity Speaker

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We now present the third in a series of articles about:

How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, I Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied

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Brad’s actual 100% money back guarantee policy

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here is the video transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery with another tip for working with motivational speakers and keynote speakers. So one of the questions I’d like to have you ask your potential motivational speaker is this: “What’s your guarantee policy?” And then listen, and if the person you’re talking to starts to squirm and “Mm hmm” and “Well…” and “Uh…” well then you got the wrong guy. So let me tell you about my guarantee policy is, you know, I’m like Walmart: you’re not happy you get your money back.

But let me tell you how I came up with that policy. I really was by accident. I never really thought **** and I never publicized it; it just came through two facts. One, I’ve been doing this for 25 years and no one’s been unhappy. No one has ever said, “That was a nightmare. Can I have my money back?” That’s nice. But the second thing is I’d be horrified if they did, and of course they wouldn’t even ask me to give their money back, I’d be throwing money at them because I’d be so horrified if it went badly. So, you know, that kind of fact turned into a publicized policy, which is “Of course I guarantee it.”

Make Sure Your Speaker Can Guarantee Success

So here’s what I know though. I know that the investment in your speaker is one of the smallest investments you’re making for your meeting or your convention. I know that when you add up all the food costs and the venue costs and the travel costs and the insurance costs and the production costs, I know when you add up all these things really paying for the speaker, it’s not like it’s free – I know it’s a line item for you – but it’s really not the most expensive thing. So you want to guarantee not just that your speaker will pay you back if it was a disaster – which again, of course I would and anybody, if you’re hiring a pro they would – but you really want to make sure that someone can guarantee success, period.

Brad offers a 100 percent money back guarantee on all his programs

So I think that there’s a kind of a question behind the question, and it really is, “Speaker” or “Brad, can you guarantee success?” And I really think fees are often an indicator of the level of guarantee of success you can expect from your motivational speaker. So a very low fee means you might a very good speaker, but maybe not ‘cause the level of guarantee isn’t that high. And then as peoples experience grows and their credentials grow and their number of raving clients grow and their calendar becomes more busy, you as a buyer have a much greater level of guarantee of success, don’t you? Sure.

So next time you’re talking to a potential keynote speaker, motivational speaker, ask, “What’s your policy about guarantees?” And I want you to think though about not just the financial return of monies if you get a lousy speaker, but also, you know, what’s it going to be like for you if your speaker bombs? So what, you get your money back. You’ve jeopardized an incredibly important meeting and I know that you don’t want to do that.

Well my name’s Brad Montgomery. I would love to be your speaker. I offer a very high level of guaranteed success, both financially and in every other way, and I’d love to be part of your team. Give us a call. You can find us at funnymotivationalspeakers.com or bradmontgomery.com. Thanks so much. Lets talk.

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We now present the second in a series of articles about:

How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Would Love To Be Introduced to YOUR Audience

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For those folks who would rather read than watch, here’s the transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery, funnymotivationalspeakers.com, with another idea how to deal with, how to work with motivational speakers.  Today’s video is about introductions.  It’s your job to introduce your speaker, and I want you to take that job seriously.

All right, so what do I mean?  Introductions are crucial for a motivational speaker, and the reason why is because that’s the chance the audience has to size up the speaker before your speaker comes on the stage.  And as you know, the first 30, 60, 90 seconds that your speaker is onstage are crucial.  That’s when your audience is judging and really evaluating your speaker.  And if you can give them sort of a head start, which you can with a good introduction, you’re really making a great choice.  You’re really doing the right thing.

Ask Your Speaker For An Introduction You Can Use

So how do you do this?  It’s easy.  All you have to do is ask your speaker, “What do I need to do for your introduction?”  And by the way, if your speaker doesn’t have a clue about that, you’ve chosen the wrong speaker.  I’m a speaker.  I want to be your guy.

Let me tell you about my introduction.  I’ve got an introduction that’s been honed, you know, over a thousand presentations.  It’s funny, it’s concise, it’s relevant, it gets the audience excited.  It’s easy to read for my clients or the CEO, whoever’s reading it.  It’s a great introduction.  All you have to do is ask me for the introduction, to ask me a couple questions about “How do you want me to deliver this,” and I’ll make it easy for you to do a great job.  So if your speaker doesn’t have that stuff, you know you’ve chosen the wrong speaker.

As a little appendix, a little addendum, one more idea, do the stuff your speaker asks.  So let me give you an example.  I’ve got this introduction that, again, it just works.  I’ve done it so much it works.  I know it works because I’ve done it so much.  You want me to do something that’s good, so I’ll give you the thing.

But then many times my clients will end up adding a little quip, add a little aside, add a little joke, they’ll interrupt, they’ll comment upon the introduction, you know.  They’ll comment upon the phrase they just read.  It doesn’t work.  What it does is it takes a completely honed tight piece – and that’s really what it is.  My introduction, it’s shtick.  It’s funny, it gets the audience ready.  They take this piece of shtick and they completely trash it.  So don’t do that.

Ask your speaker what they want.  If they give you something, read it, do whatever else they ask and get off stage.  And enjoy what you’ve bought.  Watch your audience be transformed.

All right, you know, I hope you know that I would love to be your guy.  I would love to be your motivational speaker.

Give us a call.  You can reach us through bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com.

We’ll send you the introduction.  We’ll tell you all you want to know about introductions, and we’ll make sure that your experience is fun, meaningful, valuable and fun.  Did I mention fun?  I think it ought to be fun.  Thanks for your time.  Make it a great day.

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How to Choose the Best Motivational Speaker

I just finished working for the State of Wyoming Department of Transportation or WYDOT, and I was struck with an epiphany when my meeting planner told me how he judges success for his professional speakers – the people that he hires.  And here’s the deal, it was a surprise to me.  What they hired me to do is the same thing that they hired every professional speaker that they work with to do which is first, to start with a motivational, inspirational keynote speech to open the convention.  So, I did that on Tuesday’s afternoon and then on Wednesday, they asked me to return to do two different breakout sessions twice which was pretty cool.

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

How do you judge success for your professional speakers?

I did Breakout Session A, two times and then I did, after lunch, Breakout Session B, two times.  And by the way, as an aside, I really love it when my clients work hard to get more value and more return on their investment when they hire me and having me do multiple programs is a great idea.  So, anyway, back to how you can tell if your motivational or inspirational speaker is any good.

The client told me that they judge success based on the attendance at the following day’s breakout sessions.  So, that means they look in the room and the chairs are full, they know the speaker was well-received, and if the chairs are empty, they know that the speaker was horrible.

So, happily, today it was great.  We had lines and the room was packed and, again, lines was a great sign.  The client told me when he saw people lined up waiting for the breakout session to begin, he knew that he had chosen the right speaker which, of course, was very flattering.  But, I had never thought about that as a barometer for success.

One of the things that I ask of my clients before the event is how do you judge success?  And I think that’s a good question because sometimes they want me to make sure the audience is happy.  Other meeting planners don’t care if the audience is happy, they want to make sure that their boss is happy, and if you think about it, that’s a pretty big difference.

Sometimes, I’m called in to deliver a message the audience doesn’t necessarily want to hear.  So, theoretically, it’s quite possible that you could do a great job for the boss and the audience wouldn’t like you.  Well, you know, and conversely, it’s important to know that if your job is to get the audience going and the audience happy and not the boss, well, that’s important to know.  But, I had never once thought that my primary mission was to make sure that the room is full the next day for my returning breakout sessions.  Pretty cool, huh?

So, if you’re looking for a motivational, inspirational speaker, I’d love to be your guy.  If you’re looking for a speaker who can do a keynote and then come back and do some breakout sessions, I’d love to be your guy.  And most of all, if you’d like to hire an inspirational speaker who can guarantee that the next day, people will choose to come to my breakout sessions as opposed to going to other ones, well, I’d love to be your guy too.

Wyoming Department of Transportation, thank you for hiring me.  We had a great time in Cheyenne, Wyoming; loved being part of it.  Thanks so much.

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

Brad Montgomery
Inspirational Speaker, Very Popular Breakout Session Leader
Fan of the Wyoming Department of Transportation

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We now present number 4 in our series of articles about:

Top Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Motivational Speaker

Hire a motivational speaker who knows what they’re doing.  And by that, I mean somebody who has done it so much that every conceivable combination of disasters has already happened before they hit your event.

The reason you want an experienced speaker is in case something goes wrong.  In case your audience is tired.  In case your audience is difficult.  In case something happens before, during or after your meeting.  In case the weather is bad.  In case the speaker doesn’t feel well.  These are all things that could completely throw off an entry level speaker.  In other words, make sure your person has done this a thousand times before.  The main reason for hiring a speaker who does not have sufficient experience is to save money.

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

Make Sure Your Speaker Has a LOT of Experience

Not Hiring Somebody With Sufficient Experience?

But as I’ve discussed in other articles in this series, the savings made by hiring an inexperienced speaker is not worth the increased risk of failure.  Now granted, inexperienced speakers often will do great.  They can hit a home run even.  They could do fabulous.  But in my experience, having been an inexperienced speaker, is that it is hit and miss.  If you are a client who is planning an event and are willing to take a chance on a miss, well then by all means, save those few bucks and book an entry level speaker.  But if your organization, your meeting, the changes you’re trying to create for your group require a hit, then you need experience.

 

I’ve got tons of experience.  Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.  I’ve had important people die hours before my keynote speech.  I’ve had the electricity go off three times during my speech.  I’ve had microphone failures.  I’ve had the CEO literally crying into the microphone as he introduced me because of an upsetting bit of news.  I spoke to an audience during the 9/11 disaster as the news was being unfolded.

 

Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and the result is that now, no matter what happens, I’m ready because it’s happened before.  There’s nothing that can surprise me and that means that my level of comfort with having anything happen is very high, which translates to the comfort level of my clients being equally high that no matter what happens, we’re going to be fine.

 

Are you looking for a motivational speaker and want somebody who has sufficient experience?  I’d love to be your guy.  Contact us at www.bradmontgomery.com.

Brad Montgomery, Experienced (i.e., nothing can surprise me) Motivational Speaker

 

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Hire a Certified Speaking Professional to Guarantee Your Success

Okay, maybe not guarantee but definitely improve the likelihood of your meeting being awesome.

What is a CSP?  Certified Speaking Professionals have earned the highest designation awarded by the National Speakers Association.

To be a CSP is a big deal.  You’ve got to do way more than just fill out a form.  They pretty much examine your career, they look at the number of jobs you do per year to make sure that you’ve done a lot, they look at the amount of income that you have earned through speaking to make sure that you are working professional events, and then, here’s the killer, they call an alarming number of your clients to make sure that you were delivering excellence.  When I earned my CSP I was told that fewer than 7% of professional speakers worldwide have earned their CSP.

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

What is the point?  The point is is that when you’re hiring a motivational speaker you want the very best.  And one easy litmus test that you could put up is to see if your prospective speaker has met the qualifications for this very straightforward designation.  If they have, you know a lot about them.  You know they’ve done a lot of work, you know they have a lot of experience, you know they’ve worked at a certain fee level which guarantees that they are not just working at the Optimist Club and the Lion’s Club, which by the way is important.

Just because somebody says that they’ve given a lot of speeches doesn’t mean they’ve given a lot of speeches in front of business audiences or audiences like yours.  What else do you know?  You know that somebody, at least one person, has checked up on the speaker to make sure that they’re not complete fluff – that it’s not just marketing.  You know that this speaker has met a certain level of professional success.

Make sure your speaker has the title, CSP after their name!

Happily, I’ve earned my CSP.  I’m proud of this!  It took hours and hours of paperwork.  My office went nuts for about six months trying to get this done.  Plus, of course, it meant an absolute headache with arranging a database.  But it was worth it to me because it is worth it to my clients.

Next time you’re considering hiring a speaker make sure your speaker has the initials CSP after their name.

Are you looking for a professional motivational speaker who also is a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional?  I hope you will contact me here.

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Certified Speaking Professional, and proud of it!

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We now present the first in a series of articles about:

How to work with your motivational keynote speaker to get the most from your conference investment

 

Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

 

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

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Well Worth Your Conference Dollars

 

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For you folks who prefer to read rather than watch, here’s a transcript of the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from Bradmontgomery.com with another idea or tip about working with your motivational keynote speaker. The main idea here is treat your speaker well so that they can deliver their very best when it counts.

So what do I mean? Your speaker is human. They have the same stress and the same problems as everyone else attending your convention or meeting. The difference between your speaker and everyone else though is that you are counting on, you are banking on your speaker being at their absolute pinnacle peak performance best for that time slot that you’ve booked them for, right? You want them to be at their absolute best. So my question is what can you do to make sure you’re speaker is at their physical and mental best at that time slot? At, you know, 10 AM or whatever you got.

Want to get the most out of your keynote speaker? It’s the little things that count!

So here’s some ideas for you. One of them is to make sure their travel’s easier. Don’t skimp on some of the little stuff. It’s not crucial, but it makes a difference. Little things like not worrying about the car services for example are great. Taxis are great. And asking your speaker to take the Super Shuttle is not worth it.

It gives your speaker a little bit of extra energy, putting your speaker in a little bit nicer room, making sure your speaker is well fed. These are tiny little things that when you add them together put your speaker at ease and at their physical best and put them in a great mood, and it kind of sounds like a prima donna thing doesn’t it? “Put them in a great mood.”

Well we’re not prima donna’s, I’d like to think I’m not a prima donna. But I’m like everybody else and I perform at my best when I’m well rested and I’m happy and I haven’t gone through a whole bunch of lousy travel.

So if you can help with little small things like that, it’s an easy way to get the most from your speaker. Just treat them really well. Let me give you another example of something you might want to do. That dinner that you invite us to is often terrific.

So for example, if I get into the convention venue the night before a morning event I like having dinner with you and the board. I like having dinner at the big awards thing. I’m very glad to be invited, and I often go, because it gives me some good jokes I can use at the next morning’s keynote.

But sometimes if we’re exhausted, the best answer we could possibly give you is, “No, I’m tired and I don’t want to go to the dinner,” and maybe a quiet night in the room with room service and a trip to the health club in the hotel would be a better way for me to be at my physical best, rather than going out and eating heavy food or whatever, you know what I mean?

Why is that important? Because you want the very best. So your speakers are not princes and princesses, but at the same time we all of course enjoy being treated well, but in this case I think it’s worth your investment. That tiny little marginal increase in your investment to make sure your speaker gets everything they need to be at their very best for that very focused amount of time where you want them to rock your audience.

All right, it’s Brad Montgomery, funnymotivationalspeakers.com and Bradmontgomery.com. I would love to be your speaker. I love to be at my very best for your audience to get you guys where you need to be. I hope you give us a call and tell us how we can get there together. Have a great day.

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Selected Posts from Brad’s Past

We found a few posts, videos and stories from Brad’s past, and thought it would be fun to re-publish them here.  So pour yourself a cup of coffee, put on some classic rock, and check out this classic blog post from a decade (ish) ago.  

 

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Yours,

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader, Squeaky Clean Comedy

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

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery in the house with a little note for you about comedy, clean comedy, comedian speakers and how not to get in trouble when you’re booking one. Alright, so here’s the number one concern. I hear this all the time from both my clients and from my meeting planners and that is, when you’re booking somebody who’s advertising themselves as funny or you know is going to use humor on stage, you want to know they’re going to be clean, you want to know they’re going to be crystal clean and you want to know that you’re not going to be embarrassed and having to deal with that after the meeting is over.

Well, there’s a couple huge mistakes that are going on. First, let me speak to the speakers out there and then I’m going to speak to the meeting planners and the people who are booking speakers. If you’re a speaker or a comedian, you know this. It is brutally hard to come up with material that’s original and funny. It’s brutal. It’s just really hard. It’s a lot of work, but here’s the obvious point. It’s just as hard to come up with stuff that’s dirty as it is to come up with stuff that’s clean.

So that being said, why would you invest a single calorie working on material that you can’t use in the corporate world, in the association world, on the TV world? Why wouldn’t you just make it clean, for crying out loud? I think you’re an idiot, basically, if you’re writing stuff that’s not so clean that your grandma can see it, that your nine year old daughter can see it without any embarrassing questions. Well, I think you’re foolish just because you’re shooting yourself in the foot and you’re pretty much screwing up your career.

So why bother? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, there’s a bunch of comedians out there that work dirty who are fabulously popular. But I just heard Chris Rock being interviewed, he was interviewed on the WTF podcast and one of the things he told us on the podcast was that when he’s talking to young comedians, he says, work clean, don’t cuss. This is Chris Rock. This guy is known, he’s edgy, especially earlier in his career, he was working really dirty and he’s funny as heck right? But he’s telling people to work clean.

What is the lesson in that? The lesson is that he’s looking back on his career from his perspective now. So if he’s telling you, somebody who’s done it the hard way, why wouldn’t you listen to him? I’m telling you I’m clean, but he’s telling you, he’s huge, and he works blue, work clean. It’s easier, it’s more profitable, it’s good for you.

Alright, the second thing I wanted to tell you is targeted towards my clients. If you’re looking for a speaker, if you’re looking to book a comedian, check them out. Alright, so I cannot imagine this but I’ve heard it from, oh, I’ve heard the same story at least 10 or 15 times. I hear it at least once a year, how some corporation booked a comedian, the comedian got up there, embarrassed the president or the audience or the whatever by not working clean, by being racist or bringing up uncomfortable sex jokes or cussing and they ended up pulling the plug on them.

The president, in all these cases, it’s always the president or the director of HR or somebody in authority has to go up and take the mike from them and say, thanks, you’re dismissed, thank you so much. And then have to explain the apology to the audience. Can you imagine?

Well here’s what kills me, for crying out loud, in this day and age, search Youtube and see what they’re all about. So yeah, you ought to check out their preview video. You ought to check out their video, but look at all their videos. In this one most recent case, they’re explaining that the preview video showed a very clean presentation, but I’m telling you because I was curious, I looked on Youtube, there’s a zillion videos up there of this particular comedian and this comedian doesn’t work clean most of the time. So most of the videos were filmed in a comedy club with a brick wall behind this person, all kinds of stuff that would never fly in the corporate world and so my takeaway was this, I thought the buyers were idiots too because they didn’t check.

Check, do a little search on Google. Do a little search on Youtube and then finally, talk to your comedian. Talk to your speaker. Are you funny? Do you work clean? Give me some of your references. Why wouldn’t you do that?

Hire A Motivational Speaker That Can Deliver Clean Comedy

One final note really comes in the form of a story. I was working this corporate date with another comedian. So in this case, they had two comedians. I was headlining and they had this guy open and you could see that this guy was, he had it in his mind, oh, I’ve got to work clean. I’ve got to be clean, but because he was so out of practice of working clean, he had a tough time doing it. So you’d see him, he’d start down his little path on a little bit of material, like, hey, I just broke up with my girlfriend and, and then you’d see him kind of panic because he could see a minute and a half forward that this is going to lead to a joke that I can’t do. So he’d back up and say, yeah, but enough about the girlfriend. Hey, just, boy don’t you hate flying? Then he’s going into some airplane jokes and he starts talking about airplane jokes and then he realizes he couldn’t do it, so I’m on the side.

I am busting a gut because I know exactly what’s going on. I know that this guy is self-editing his stuff on the fly. And I know also, that the reason he’s doing that is he’s not used to working clean. And the final thing is I knew also is the meeting planner was unhappy, the meeting planner was pretty aware that something was going wrong with this comic because it wasn’t funny and the flow as bad and it just was choppy, obviously.

And what the meeting planner didn’t understand was that the comedian was up there panicked, trying to stay clean but unable to do it without any effort. In my case, everything I write is clean so I don’t have to worry about it. Any material that I want to go to, pull it up, no problem. I’m not going to get to a dead end and say, I can’t say the punch line because I’m in trouble. Will never happen.

Alright, if you’re looking for a motivational speaker who is funny, if you’re looking for a comedian speaker who can work clean, I hope you’ll consider booking me.

My name’s Brad Montgomery. You can learn more about all my keynotes and my funny, motivational speeches and my corporate comedy at bradmontgomery.com. Hope to see you there. Have a great day.