Motivational speakers have one job—that’s to deliver a rousing speech that will energize the workforce into becoming more productive for the company—or do they? Many companies are foregoing hiring motivational speakers because speakers “don’t represent an effective return on investment (ROI)”.

This may be the case for many businesses and motivational speakers, but this is probably because businesses don’t know how to use their speakers correctly. Managers need to realize that while motivational speakers can arguably only do one thing – talking – there are so many ways they can take advantage of it.

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Here’s a fact: motivational speakers thrive on energy, and the more things companies give them to do, the happier and more important they feel. A manager can book a speaker to discuss a specific topic for an hour out of a weekend event, but that’s hardly a smart use of the speaker’s time, and the company’s money.

Ask motivational speakers to take on jobs such as joining a panel, emceeing a Q&A session, or even hosting a debate. This strategy allows the company to get more bang for their buck upon hiring the speaker, and it allows the latter more opportunities to improve their image to the audience of the various events. It’s a win-win strategy for both parties, but there will of course be questions about whether the speaker would agree to such terms.

Lazy Speakers are Dead Speakers

We can’t think of a good reason why any motivational speaker would turn down more opportunities to make them shine. Speakers depend on invitations and audiences willing to listen to what they have to say on a specific topic. The only way to ensure that is to make as many people as possible aware of what they have to offer, and speaking for one hour out of a weekend event simply won’t cut it.

Motivational speakers are human Swiss army knives that companies can use in a variety of different ways to get a better ROI, as well as elevating their profile as an authority in the field. If you want more tips on how motivational speakers can help your business, explore the rest of our website, or contact us today. Brad Montgomery has over twenty-five years of experience, speaking at different events, and knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the speaking business.

As an employer, it’s important that you keep your employees satisfied and motivated at work to keep their performance levels high. This high level of productivity is necessary for your business to become a success. But with all the things you need to keep an eye on, you may be ignoring some significant issues.

Calling for Unnecessary Meetings

Your workers are evidently more productive if they spend a sufficient amount of time on their work. You may not notice it, but meetings are one of the biggest time-wasting activities in a company. As much as possible, limit meetings only to the most important discussions and keep it to the point to avoid wasting time.Distech.2012_0190

Overlooking Output Deadlines

Setting deadlines is already a norm in companies, even in schools. But if you set target dates for their output, make sure you don’t resort to too many extensions. Chances are, your employees may slack off and your business will pay the price. Every minute wasted in the process is a loss of profit also.

Going Over the Boundary of Work and Life

Commitment is a key to productivity. But dedication to work is good to a certain point only. If your employees blur the boundary between work and life, they are more prone to stress and burn-out, which decreases efficiency. Devoted workers are a gem, but over-dedication may also cause unproductivity.

Hiring a Keynote Speaker

You shouldn’t ignore these common productivity problems; rather, you must handle them immediately or even before they happen. There may be a lot of solutions, but the most effective one is to take your employees to the same page you’re on. Make sure they also have the mindset to increase their performance level.

With the help of a keynote speaker, you can achieve this goal. Studies show that employees who attend such presentations learn to be engaged at work. A keynote speaker has the tools essential in shifting the perception of employees towards their performance in a good way, leading to better productivity.

Productivity is one of the main components that lead a business to success. It’s essential in keeping the company performing well and achieving greater heights as an organization. Here at Brad Montgomery, we offer presentations for productivity to help your company attain increased levels of efficiency. Contact us now and let us teach your workforce the means to be more fully invested in their work.

[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!

Brad Montgomery is a motivational speaker and business presenter who helps connect people to each other, their passion, and their purpose.  He makes people WANT to be awesome at work.  Learn more about this very funny speaker at https://www.bradmontgomery.com//    Call today for a free consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Health Care Speaker

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What’s the difference between a “Business Speaker” and a “Health Care Speaker?”  The answer is subtle:  quite a bit and not much.

Let me explain.

The biggest difference is knowing that the audiences have different goals in mind.

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My corporate clients are primarily interested in financial results, whereas my health care organizations are interested in financial results….AND SO MUCH MORE.

They are interested in improving their patient satisfaction scores, their safety scores, their cleanliness scores… ALL of their scores. They are often interested in growing.  They are often interested in change management.  But in the end, for these clients, It’s about the Patient.

If the patient has a safe, helpful, positive and generally epic experience, then the rest follows.  (Scores, satisfaction, revenue.)

My goal with these clients varies, but generally it goes like this:  My job is to help their people with buy in, with passion, and with purpose.

Buy In:  We need to make everybody on the team — regardless of their job title — buy into the fact that THEY are a vital part of the overall health care team.  It’s not “us” and “them.”  It’s “us.”  Period.

Passion:  We need to make people feel as excited and passionate about their jobs as they were the day they started their jobs.  If people have passion for their work we don’t have to tell them to be awesome at work;  the passion assures that they make themselves awesome.

Purpose:  Your people have a crucial mission and job.  They are taking sick people and making them better, and taking health people and keeping them healthy.  It’s huge.  It’s amazing.  It’s awesome.  But it’s easy to forget how important you are and how important your job is when you do it every single day.  So my job is to make sure your people are reminded that they serve a higher good…which is super cool.  And guess what?  Knowing and embracing your purpose helps you with passion and buy in too!  Boom.  Easy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Brad Montgomery is one of the nation’s top health care speaker. As such he’s spoken to health care organizations from health care software companies, health care staffing companies, hospitals, hospice and nursing home companies, and medical device companies and associations.

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s what we know about the meetings industry and adult learning:  people cannot sit still for even 45 minutes and learn all of the way through. Our minds wander. It just doesn’t work. This is in my opinion, this is a scientific fact.

Furthermore, we know from industry studies and surveys that attendees at conventions and meetings crave interactivity, interaction, and networking. They crave community.

Yet ironically, live meetings frequently feature 90 minute presentations. To our presentations. And longer. And to make it worse, a huge percentage of these meetings prefer not to have interactivity.

I have heard this extremely frequently from prospective clients; “Our people want to sit and listen. They don’t like interactivity. They are serious and quiet people and don’t want to be involved.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1463768104710-872054a5-64fe-4″ include=”6195,6194,6193,6192″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Get it!?  There is a huge disparity between what we know works and what many old school meeting planners want.  The attendees are craving a connection to community. And furthermore when they are at a session where they want to learn, the teaching format is contrary to what we know works.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/sK8vUTCvdxw”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well Goodie.  I’ve Got Good News.

I’ve been an interactive speaker well before it was fashionable. I get people up and moving, talking to each other, laughing, interacting, and meeting new folks at the convention. And I’m telling you… I’ve been doing it for years.

But there is an important detail; interactivity for its own sake is a waste. You really need interactivity AND a facilitated conversation about why that interactivity relates to their goals for the conference. We don’t want people to just play and laugh. We want them to learn – and that learning works best when they are playing and laughing.

For example, something I’ve been doing lately is fairly new. I get the entire audience to create an origami flower. It only takes a couple of minutes, and the audience loves it. They love the fact that they aren’t being lectured to. They love the fact that they are using their hands. They love the fact that they are being creative. And they love the fact that this is a small break in the learning format which helps keep them engaged.

What my meeting planners love is that the interactivity is just the start of a conversation. We talk about why we stopped to make flowers. Why we spent three or four minutes doing something that appears to be off-topic. But then we connect the interactivity to creativity, innovation, and even leadership.

As I motivational speaker I love it because little sections like this keep the learning on high, the fun on very high, and they help me to make my points.

If you are looking for a speaker who cannot only hold and engage an audience, but who can literally get them involved, then I hope you’ll give us a call. We will talk about developing a presentation that includes plenty of interactivity, tons of engagement, and maybe even a paper flower.

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Brad Montgomery is a funny motivational speaker who is known for being exceptionally engaging.  If you believe, as Brad does, that your people learn best when they are fully engaged – and maybe even laughing – then we should talk about how we will customize a presentation for your meeting and event. Give us a call! 303.691.0726[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Why book a Colorado speaker?   Check out this video.

I travel to speak across the country and around the world.  I rarely work in my home state of Colorado.  But living in Denver, I often wonder why I don’t work here more.  There are a ton of awesome resorts used by corporate events in the mountains.  There is the Colorado Convention Center here in Denver.  And we’re just giant steps from huge events in the front range (e.g.  Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.)

The sentence, “You’re never a hero in your own home town” comes to mind.Colorado Speaker

Why hire a speaker who LIVES in Colorado for your event which just happens to be here?  I think it really comes down to  savings and reliability.

First, you save on travel.  No hotel or airfare. That’s often about $1,000 right there.

I am proud to say that I’ve only missed one event in 25+ years due to weather.  But that doesn’t mean that my clients haven’t worried about weather.  Delays and transportation issues are worrisome.   If you book a speaker who LIVES in the same town as your event, you take one huge worry off your list.  You KNOW your speaker will be there.  No problem.

Call us today and we’ll talk about how to ramp up your convention or meeting — which just happens to be in Colorado — with a customize, funny, and totally relevant motivational speaker.  Me.

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

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Is Your Motivational Speaker Any Good?

Clients call our office every day — which is very cool — trying to determine if I’m the right motivational speaker for them and their organization. There are a ton of great questions to ask any perspective professional speaker. But in the end, my best advice is this: It comes down to a) the video and b) testimonials.

Are there TONS of people willing to vouch for your speakers? Is your potential motivational speaker boasting a long — VERY long — client list?

And is your speaker captured regularly on video? Are there testimonial videos? Check your speaker’s YouTube Channel to verify that your speaker isn’t stagnant.

See this motivational speaker on Youtube

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Just a keynote? Or more?

If you’re trying to pick the right speaker for your meeting or convention, you are likely overwhelmed with the choices. Which motivational speaker is for you? How do you know?

In this tip from business speaker Brad Montgomery, he discusses the advantage of picking a speaker who can do more than just the keynote speech. What else … Besides the keynote …c an your speaker do for your o add value to your meeting, convention, and for your attendees? Are there services or presentation he or she can do that will help you? Perhaps emcee the event? Or do an extra breakout or concurrent session? How about teaching networking skills?

More then half of Brad’s clients hire him to be a motivational speaker, and then have him do more: a session on leadership, communication, teamwork etc. Maybe even just a high-energy break from your high-content presentations? He’s got those too.

Interested in getting the most ROI from motivational speakers? Interested in creating the most value for your attendees?

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Brad Montgomery is a business speaker and member of the NSA CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame who happens to have some strong feelings about motivation, happiness, and awesomeness.  (It’s complicated.) give us a buzz to find out more info about booking this funny man to energize your people and your organization.

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How Long Has Your Speaker Been At It?

Choosing the right motivational speaker is sometimes an overwhelming problem. One of the many problems is that anybody with a GoDaddy account and a cheap website can SAY they are a motivational speaker. So…. How can you make sure you’re hiring the right keynote presenter? How can you pick the right one?

Choosing the right motivational speaker is sometimes an overwhelming problem. One of the many problems is that anybody with a GoDaddy account and a cheap website can SAY they are a motivational speaker. So…. How can you make sure you’re hiring the right keynote presenter? How can you pick the right one?

Brad Montgomery is one of the nations’s top motivational speakers. (He was inducted into the CPAE Speaker’s Hall of Fame in 2014.) In this video series he gives what he thinks are some of the most important tips for selecting your speaker.

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

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SHOW Them Why You’re the ONE for the Job–Put on your Creative Pants!

Every small company at some point is looking to hire office help. Here’s my story, and the jobssearchlessons I learned. I put an ad on my local Craigslist for office help. In the ad I required applicants to send both a resume and a writing sample.

Anybody who sent both documents was automatically moved to the next round of consideration. We never even opened the files. The next round included a very lengthy questionnaire… We’re talking a total pain in the neck… The return e-mail was simply signed by my assistant with our web address. There were no other comments besides congratulating them for making the second round and asking them to fill in the questionnaire.

One of the questions, hidden in the middle of about forty others, was, “Tell us what you know about our founder.” Anybody who either failed to return the questionnaire, or failed to actually look up the website and read all of the details about the “founder,” was eliminated. Besides quickly skimming for the answer to that question, we didn’t give the lengthy questionnaire a single look.

Anybody who was able to find the website and actually answered the questions was sent imagesto the final round. The final round included… You guessed it… More questions! And anybody who filled out that second round of questions made it to the finals.

Okay, I admit it. We basically made applying for this job an absolute pain in the neck. Question after question, a hidden website, hoops to jump through.

The goal was to weed out applicants who weren’t that curious, who could not follow details, or showed no ability to find and take advantage of an obvious hint.

But in many ways we failed. We had to cut off applicants after only eight days. We were completely inundated with people who made it past the second hurdle.  Maybe 75 or 80 applicants.

Our goal was to have a small handful of very driven applicants. We were totally surprised to look in the folder of people who made it to the finals and realize there were 30 people there. [ However when you consider that over “400” people applied, that’s a pretty small percentage. ]

That’s a long story, but it comes with a pretty good point.

Imagine yourself looking in a folder of 30 applicant resumes; applicants you Stand-Out-FULLknow spent a significant amount of time going through a difficult process to get there. Imagine knowing that you had to open all of their resumes, their questionnaires, and their second set of questionnaires. What do you see in your mind? I can tell you what I saw here in the office: I saw 30 applicants who looked nearly alike on paper. Not a single one of them stood out.

What did I learn? I learned that if you want to stand out you’re going to have to do more than make sure that your resume doesn’t have any typos, that your writing sample has good grammar, and that you follow the directions. I learned that standing out takes a little bit of creativity… Though not much.

Here is what did NOT happen:

• We did not get any calls. (The phone number is on the website.)
• Nobody sent us anything by snail mail.
• Nobody sent us anything that we did not ask for.
• About 20% of the applicants followed up asking if we had made a decision yet. But they asked in a sterile way. Even those who followed up didn’t stand out.

So what did I want, you ask? I wanted courage, passion, energy, ambition and creativity. Not much, eh?

After watching the application process from this side of the desk, here is what I would have done to stand out. (Pick any or all of these ideas… Assuming it’s a job you really want.)

I would absolutely call. Even if it was just to say, “I sent in the required info but wanted to see if there was anything I could do to make my application stand out.”

(By the way, if the application said no calls I would ignore it.)

How about sending a video? Add it to your e-mail along with your resume and writing sample, and make it professional, courteous and short. Who could resist opening it?

Consider applying twice. You could apply once in a very formal way with your given name. Then you could apply again in a more creative way using your middle name. If the employer ever asked you about it, I would simply point out that I really want this job. I would ask the employer if anybody else had tried as hard as I tried to get this job and if that fact said anything about me.

I would work Google as hard as I could to find out details about the company. I would send an email to the president, to the president of HR, to anybody I think might listen. I would tell them that I am very eager to work with them, that I have started the application process, but that I am eager to show them that I’m willing to go the extra mile… Even to the point of writing the president. Heck, I might even send roses.

I would print out everything I had emailed, put it in a very nice envelope, and mail it old-school style to the person in charge. I might put a quick handwritten note on the cover page saying that I really wanted this job and thought that using an old fashion envelope might earn an extra look.

If possible, I would hand-deliver this letter, and work hard to get past the gatekeepers in order to put it in the hands of the person making the decisions. If I was unable to get past the gatekeeper, I would tell them why I was there, that I was trying to get my application to stand out, and beg them to let the decision-maker know that I was there in person.

I would use special formatting on my resume and all other documents. I might work with – or even hire – an artist to make it even more special. I would avoid boring colors and fonts. My paperwork would look professional and pleasing to the eye, but it would different.

In other words, I would work hard to stand out. I would do exactly what they required, and then take it up as many levels as I could. I would use the phone, snail mail, and in-person appearances (in combination or all three), regardless of whether or not they discourage these practices.

Of course, you must follow the instructions (except for the no calls one). I am amazed how many people were eliminated easily and quickly for not following the directions.

And of course, part two, make sure your resume, writing sample, whatever, is grammar perfect, spelling perfect, in every way perfect. That’s such an easy way for a potential employer to eliminate candidates. And if you get 400 resumes flooding your in-box, you’re looking for a way to eliminate some.

When looking for a job, pull on your creativity pants and wear them to the next level. Anybody can send in a resume or writing sample. And you’re not anybody. You’re the best person for the job. Now, show them why!

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