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Can Your Motivational Speaker REALLY Create Change?

I just spoke for an amazing group of healthcare management administrators in Georgia. These are the good people who are behind the management side of healthcare. They hired me to be an motivational speaker, but they also needed a strong business message… They needed an outsider to help them face the incredible changes that are rocking their jobs.

I was flattered when my client — my meeting planner, David — told me that one of his favorite parts of the keynote was to see that his audience changed from the start to the end.

At the beginning they were tired… The night before they were out partying and… perhaps sharing some adult beverages. (Let’s be honest… Some of them were fine, but a couple had headaches.) So when they arrived for my keynote they were tired, suspicious, and anything but engaged. They had the look on their faces and with their body language that said, “Ok, Bud. Impress us. See if you can.”

But slowly and surely these business people started to come along, grow, laugh, smile, and really embrace my message about happiness at work working as a strategy for excellence on the job.

And because my program was interactive, it was fun to watch them start the exercises with absolute skepticism and proceed to — what looked like — absolute profound satisfaction.

As a speaker it was a pleasure to see this audience change from start to finish. But it was totally rewarding to know that my client was beyond satisfied.

How do you know if YOU healthcare speaker is any good? Check out video and testimonials about your speaker.

If you’re looking for a motivational speaker who is both funny and has a strong business message; if you’re looking for a keynote speaker to blow your healthcare audience away, I hope you’ll contact us now.

Brad Montgomery
Healthcare speaker, Motivational speaker, Georgia speaker

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A new litmus test for your PowerPoint presentation.

I have very strong feelings about the use of PowerPoint. In my estimation 99.5% of all PowerPoint presentations absolutely blow.

IS&GS National Leadership MeetingI mean they are horrible. Tragic. Embarrassing. But goody for you, based on my 25 years experience as a professional presenter and motivational speaker, I have a couple of tips to ensure you are in that tiny percentage of presenters who can create an interesting, relevant, and fun PowerPoint.

The two things you need to know about PowerPoint are One: you have too many words; and Two: you have too many slides.

First, when I say too many words, I don’t mean just a couple of extra words. I mean you need to erase nearly every word you have. Most of my slides have a maximum of three words on them. A short phrase, a single word.  Often my slides have no words; only a picture.

Slides with minimal words can use a very large font which sets your presentation apart.  Who likes to try to read tiny type covering the entire page, especially if you forgot your reading glasses.  Come on, people!  A lot of us are getting more far-sighted everyday.

More importantly, slides with few words let your audience know where you are in your presentation. They are like punctuation.  A placeholder. The headline. You still have your bullet points in your details.  On your podium!  You are the one who delivers them. Not your computer. If your slides are so detailed that people could read them like an essay in lieu of listening to your presentation, then you’re completely missing the point of the slides. The audience is supposed to be LISTENING!  Not READING!

The same holds true for the number of slides you have in presentation. It’s like packing for a trip.  Prepare your slides, then decrease the amount by perhaps 80%. In my 90 minute motivational keynote I have fewer than 20 slides.

Remember, your audience is there to see YOU. Not your “presentation.” Yes they want you to have valuable content and ideas. But let’s face it— if they wanted JUST the information, they can either buy the book or read an article. Or — heaven forbid — borrow your PowerPoint presentation.

So here’s the bottom line:  erase almost all of your words and almost all of your slides.  Talk more and click that power point remote less.

Of course, with every awesome rule there is an exception. To see if any one slide can meet the exception I’ve come up with a litmus test.

I just did a motivational speech for a group of insurance executives in Georgia, and then a similar speech again for some business people in Denver. After both keynotes I had people come up afterwards and ask for a copy of a particular slide. In both cases it was multiple people asking for the same slide.

The slide is of my Manifesto, and has about 30 words on it. (So as you can see I didn’t just break my rule about very few words per slide; I shattered it.) The fact that people are begging for, not a copy of my entire PowerPoint presentation, but for a copy of that particular slide tells me that this slide is compelling, interesting, and provides value. So now I have a new test for any exception to my very-few-words-per-slide rule.

If I’m going to have lots of words on any particular PowerPoint slide, it needs to have lots of value. So much value that people specifically request a copy. In other words, if you have a Title slide with five Bullets…and nobody cares, comments or notices … That slide sucks.

PowerPoint is an excellent tool for presenters. It can add value and meaning to your speeches, and if you use it right it can even deliver punchlines. So don’t dismiss it. What you need to do is to rethink its content.  Totally.  Now.  Start deleting.  Your presentation will be better, your slides will be more interesting, and your audiences will be thrilled.

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If you are looking for a motivational speaker with a unique use of PowerPoint then I hope you’ll give me a call. Or even better, if you just need a business speaker who has a unique way of delivering his message, uses PowerPoint, sound effects, music, and a crazy amount of audience interaction, then I definitely hope you’ll call us.

(If you’re looking for more ways to improve your presentation skills, including some cool stuff about how to be funny, you can check out our store.)

What are your best PowerPoint Tips?  What do YOU think?  (Leave a comment!)

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, PowerPoint expert, Very Funny Keynote Speeches
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I recently worked as a healthcare motivational speaker for 250 nurses in a Colorado hospital. These nurses are doing a lot of amazing things dealing with change… And funny motivational speakerstheir leaders they asked me to come in to encourage them and help put all of the incredible changes our healthcare system in general, and their hospital in particular are going through into perspective.   And to give their nurses some concrete suggestions and tactics to be both better leaders and to better manage change.

We had a great time.  There was a ton of laughter in that room.  But what I think is more important is that all of us left that event with new ideas we will incorporate into our jobs.These are some amazing people that make a difference every single day. With their permission I am sharing a little bit of their email.

It was most definitely epic!  I loved every minute of it!  I will be passing your info along to a couple other organizations in the Northern Colorado area.  The questions were great and it was wonderful for you to have so much “insider” information into our organization.  I bet even Chief Nancy was surprised by how much you knew!  It was perfect!  Our next team meeting is the 3rd week of May….I’ll email you back then with the group’s feedback.

Diana and Ruth are correct.  I was shocked that Diana actually said anything.  She is usually pretty quiet and reserved in large groups, but she must have really felt that the feedback about Ruth was important to share.  It is those “little” moments in our days that can mean so much to patients and co-workers, and we seldom are aware of that.

Thanks again for your message!  I will be sending out occasional e-mails reminding the team of some of your content…especially the manifesto.  Loved it!!!!

Enjoy your weekend with your family!

R.B., RN, BSN, OCN, CN III
Longmont United Hospital

Aw Shucks!   If you are looking for a healthcare speaker; a motivational speaker who can fire up your troops, incorporate your message, and in the end, help your people to deliver better patient satisfaction, I hope you’ll give us a call.

Brad Montgomery
Health Care Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Funny Dude, Fan of Nurses Everywhere

 

 

 

Thanks for all of the inquiries. Here are the details and how to apply.

Thanks.

Brad Montgomery
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Part-Time Virtual Assistant for motivational speaker (to Work from Home.)

Job Description:

Virtual administrative work involving a variety of office support for a small business. Basic duties include follow-up with clients by phone and e-mail, updating client database, maintaining and organizing the calendar, mailing packages, answering e-mail and phone inquiries, file organization, and fulfilling client requirements. A successful applicant will have the ability to be self-starting, self-motivated, and require little oversight after the initial training period.
Part-time only. Maximum 15 hours per week.

Requirements:

Work will be done virtually; however, must live in the Denver Metro area to be available for occasional in-person meetings.
Excellent people skills necessary.
Excellent phone skills required.
Excellent written communication skills required, including proper grammar.
Ability to work within firm deadlines.
Self-starter and independent worker.
Ability to keep on task without a lot of oversight.
Must be very organized and detail oriented. I’m serious. If you only see the big-picture, we won’t work well together.
Ability to take direction well.
Ability to handle many tasks that may be due at a similar time.
Ability to maintain a calendar and keep speaker on time and on task with engagements, and pre- and post-engagement requirements.
Creativity. A successful applicant will be able to create wine out of water.
Skilled with database entry. (Entering names and emails into our database.)
Some basic sales skills. The job requires some follow-up calls with potential clients. (Not cold calls; you’ll call people who have already expressed interest in our service, and have already spoken to our head salesperson.)
Other skills that would be a great bonus, but are not required: WordPress, photoshop, databases, OneShoppingCart, Sales

Pay: $13-18/hour depending on experience.

How to Apply:
Reply with…

•Resume
•Writing Sample
•A detailed explanation why you are the best person for this job. Convince us. You made include anything you like, including send skill sets, experience, references, computer skills, computer platform (Mac or PC), and anything else you think will impress us. This is an “out of the box” job for an “out of the box” person in an “out of the box” industry. This is a job for a person who can manage them self and reward for it. It’s a job that requires initiative. Be creative.
•Include the phrase “Yo, Pick Me!” so that we know you read the requirements.

Writing sample and resume required.

Today I got the coolest letter from the Chief Nursing Officer at the healthcare speakerhospital I spoke to last week:

Hi Brad,

I just wanted to thank you so much for your uplifting, inspirational and FUN presentation. We are ALL still smiling. I have received nothing but positive feedback about what a great experience it was to spend two hours with you. Most importantly, you left us with words to live by. Hopi Moore, one of the nurses you met after your presentation, promotes a kindness campaign by sending positive emails to all hospital employees. Today she sent the following:

Find Happy
Pick Happy
Lead Happy
Act Happy
~ Brad Montgomery

We all get to make the choice…….. choose HAPPY!

Thank you so much for choosing to “Lead Happy!”

(Name withheld for privacy)

ND, BSN, MHA, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Longmont United Hospital

What drives you? What drives me are letters like this one. Thanks so much LUH.

Are you looking for a funny healthcare motivational speaker? I hope you’ll give us a shout.

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Healthcare Speaker, Fan Of Letters.

I love my job as a motivational speaker, and I love all of my clients. But I have to confess that some clients are more fun than others. Such was the case when I was a speaker in Texas for a very dynamic and forward-thinking company who was holding their annual meeting.

The CEO asked me to make sure that my presentation was not only motivating, but high-energy, and had experiences incorporated into the program. It had to be more than just a talking head; it had to be fun, involved, and an experience from which they would learn.

So I decided to create a flash mob by them and for them. We took a few of their top salespeople out of their room and tricked them; the details aren’t important but the bottom line is that they had no idea why they were leaving the room.

When they returned and came to the stage with me, the audience made up of their peers erupted into a flash mob! It was extremely cool. The surprise on these top sales people’s faces was echoed by the excitement and joy from their peers while they delivered this surprise dance.

One of the things that I liked best about this flash mob was that the audience flash mob for hirethemselves are surprised. They cannot believe that they are actually doing this crazy flash mob, and they can’t believe that they are fooling some of their peers. And that joy translates into energy, fun, and… A powerful learning point about the power of levity, lightheartedness, humor, and fun in the workplace.

Why do you need to hire a flash mob from a flash mob company? Call us and we’ll talk you through how it works, how we can incorporate a flash mob at your meeting or convention, and how we can take your group from a low energy group of workers to a high energy team of top performers!

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

See this flash mob for hire on youtube.

More Flash Mob Videos For Hire from Brad

Brad’s Main Flash Mob Video
Flash Mob for Hire at a Florida Meeting
Flash Mob Company for hire at a Texas Event. (Not a company…it’s BRAD!)
Huge Corporate Flash Mob at an event in Indiana
Book a large corporate flash mob in in Florida (2!)
Flash Mob Edit on YouTube
Flash Mob for Hire at your corporate event.
Flash Mob Blog Post
Flash Mob In Texas Meeting

Many of you who have been following my motivational speakers blog know that I have flash mob for meetingsbeen creating instant flash mobs for my corporate, association, and government audiences. It’s a high-energy, high-volume, and very original hands-on experience that helps my audiences to fully understand my happiness at work theories and strategies.

I will be releasing a fully edited and slick preview video of this corporate flash mob soon. But for now feast your eyes on this audience that surprised themselves most of all, as they pumped their top leaders.

They had some of their top performers stepped out of the room under a guise; a trick. and when those same people came in and the audience got up to dance, the audience had a blast, and those top leaders were absolutely freaked out in all of the best ways.

Check out this video, which although it is not high-quality and was taken with a cell phone, it shows the energy, excitement, and full interaction of this meeting.

It’s one thing to talk about happiness at work.  It’s a whole other thing to create an experience that demonstrates a powerful message, and then connect that experience to your people’s work, their lives, and their problems.

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

Yours,
Flash Mob for Hire Dude, Motivational Speaker, Dancer!

Flash Mob for Corporate Meetings Sample On YouTube
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I just got the nicest comment back from one of my very recent clients. Farm Bureau Financial ServicesAny of you who have been following me know that I feel very strongly about the power of happiness to improve and increase our bottom lines. But happiness is a devilish thing to measure when it comes to connecting it to anything financial.

But check out this amazing quote from my friend and client Larry at Farm Bureau Financial.

How cool is that!?

“I attribute Brad’s humorous keynote was the ignition point for our 2012 fourth quarter turn around, and incredible first quarter success this year.  We are green on all goals, and still laughing.  Don’t mistake his program for fluff.  He was side-splitting funny; But way more importantly he helped us EXCEED our difficult financial goals.  You can’t afford not to work with Brad”

—  Larry Riley, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Kansas

If you are looking for a motivational speaker who can speak to happiness and how it Farm-bureau-201275improves your bottom line give us a call. And if, like Larry, you are interested in knocking your financials out of the park. Give us a call quickly.

 

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery, Motivational Speaker, Kansas Speaker, Happiness -and-your-bottom-line Speaker

As a motivational speaker I speak before hundreds or thousands Employee Engagement Statistics-resized-600of people every month. I love my job and feel very lucky to be part of that much laughter.

One of the best side effects of my job is that it is nearly impossible to tell other people to lighten up, be happy, and use levity and humor as a tool, and not have some of that spin back to me. For example, can you imagine telling thousands of people to lighten up and take themselves less seriously, and then yelling at the flight attendant? Neither can I, so I never do, and that’s part of what I love about my job.  I’m a professional Nice Guy!

Every now and then, I get a very special gift. I receive a letter from somebody in my audience. I suspect it is like the elementary school teacher who wonders if he or she makes any difference at all, and then some lanky 16 year old kid comes back to say thanks for inspiring him to read or to investigate fossils, or some other important nugget.

The elementary school teacher probably just melts in her shoes.  What a gift!  A simple thank you.

Such was the case when I got this amazing letter from someone who was part of a company I worked for in Texas.  This company was so unusual, sofunny motivational speakers purposeful in their pursuit of ways to make work fun and interesting.  Generally my job is to help companies or organizations see the importance of happiness and fun at work, and how that happiness can directly relate to better bottom line results.  But in this case I was preaching to the choir.  This was a company filled with people who already knew how to have fun at work.  They had it down!  It might sound trite or cliché but I learned as much from them as they learned from me. It was an honor.

Here’s the letter. It made me feel good and very happy to receive.

Hi Brad,

Im sure you get this all the time but from what I could tell of your personality Im sure it never gets old for you so….

I just wanted to say Thank You for coming to talk to us and let you know how much not only I, but our entire company, enjoyed your presentation.  I can walk down the hallway and still hear people talking about it and laughing.  You have given us a sense of rejuvenation by showing us how to accept happiness in our work and it has already started to translate into a healthier environment.  You have been given a gift, and I wish the very best for you in your business and life endeavors, because I know now how much joy you can bring to peoples’ lives.  Take care and I hope we meet again sometime down the road.  If nothing else, at least you have over a hundred new friends that can help you if you ever need an AC Drive–HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)

Johnnie S.
Last name and company withheld.
Dallas, Texas

Johnnie, you absolutely made my day. Thanks for taking time out of your life to lift other people up – in this case me.

And that’s my point:  Johnnie is a good role model. Who can you compliment or thank today that will make them feel as good as Johnnie made me feel?  Thankfulness is a powerful tool and an awesome motivator.  It works on both the giver and the receiver.

So share some thankfulness and motivation today.  Start what I call a Joy Loop, and get back as much good feelings as you give.  It worked for me!

If you or your organization needs a boost and a reminder about the power of happiness at work, or is looking for a funny motivational speaker who can both motivate and entertain. I hope you’ll give us a call.

Here’s a short video clip of the flash mob we did with Johnnie and his organization there in Texas. Can you believe we did a flash mob for a corporate outing? Look at their faces and tell me you don’t want that for your group. :-)

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

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Texas Speaker, Totally Flattered Dude!

This little blog of mine is a winner of the Blog of the Day!

How cool is that!?Blog of the Day award

Always nice to have others give you an “Attaboy.”  Very cool.  Thanks Kids!  And thanks for the nomination.

Cheers!

Brad Montgomery
Blogger, Award Winner, Speaker