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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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No! You Want to be Positive….You Want to be Upbeat!

The science is clear that individuals can influence the dynamic of a group, or a team, or an organization. Scientists have created the following study: They add an individual to a team and then they measure the effect, and no surprise here, a positive upbeat person affects the team in a positive way. And a negative person influences the organization or team in a negative way. Again, not a shock. But here’s the interesting, and I think, sad part.

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.  

 

A negative person has a much greater impact on that team than a positive person. Well, this is interesting because it begs us to ask the following question of ourselves: What impact would we like to have on our organization or our team? I think it’s a cool question because even though it’s partly rhetorical, the process of answering that question helps us to live our life in a way that leads us to more happiness and more productivity.

So what do you want your impact on your team to be? If you want it to be negative and you are the person who goes in and is miserable and makes everybody around you miserable, well then, you’re an idiot and I can’t imagine anybody would really select that as their future, as their legacy.

I guess the other choice, besides being positive, the third choice, is to be neutral. In other words, you would select to go into your team and have absolutely no impact and again, who would choose that? Who would say to themselves, “Today I hope to make absolutely no difference to the people I work with and the people I work for.” Who would choose that? Seriously, who would choose that?

So that leaves the final choice, which is, “I would like to make a positive impact on the people I’m working with on my team, on my supervisors, on the people who report to me, on my clients, on my family; whatever the organization, I’d like to make a positive impact.” Kind of cool.

So what’s my suggestion to you? My suggestion to you is you ask that question. What do you want your legacy to be? What impact do you want to have on any given organization, be that your family, your soccer team, or your work team. My guess is you don’t want to be the negative loser who tries to bring everyone down. My guess is that having sort of a net neutral effect and that you make absolutely no difference to this team is not your choice either, and of course, that leaves the obvious solution, which is you want to be positive, you want to be upbeat, and you want to move the team forward. If that’s the case, that should help dictate the way you act. It should help dictate your mood, it should dictate your style of leadership and it should dictate your attitude, which of course ought to be positive.

Choose to be a positive influence in your life!

If you’re looking for a motivational, inspirational speaker to come in to talk to your group about how to make sure people are making the right choices about being a positive influence on your team, I’d love to be your guy and I hope you’ll contact me.

Brad Montgomery
Inspirational Speaker, Motivational Expert

“The kind of guy who makes a positive effect on my team.”

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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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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.  

 

Hi, I’m Jim Wilson. I’m the President of Craneware. And we just got finished with a session where we used Brad Montgomery as our motivational speaker and it was absolutely the right tone. The fun that he brought to the group; the attitude that he created with all of the people who are out in the room. You know you reach a point during a conference where everything gets a little flat and people are tired of looking at power points and all those types of things to bring in somebody that can lift the spirits of that team, get everybody excited about what we’re doing and get them ready for the next thing they do that’s probably going to be boring is just, it was perfect. The tone was right, the message was exactly right. He took a little bit of time to learn about who we are, how we fit into our industry, who some of our competition was. And it was; I couldn’t say enough about the job that he did for us in the very short period of time that he was with us. So, thank you again very much Brad and you’re welcome to call me if you’d like a recommendation.

Ann Marie Brown
Vice-President of Marketing, Craneware

Hi, I’m Ann Marie Brown; I’m the Vice-President of Marketing for Craneware. And Brad just finished his presentation for us and it was really fabulous. I know I looked at lots of, lots of different people to come speak at our conference and finding Brad was the best thing we could’ve done. He really took the time to learn about our organization and incorporate that into the presentation. He was right on in his messaging. Everyone left with a great attitude and had a great time. And so we are so thankful that he was with us today. Thanks.

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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.  

Why do you need a funny motivational speaker?

If your group craves more than another forgettable keynote speaker, then you are in the right place. Are you looking for something this year that will create an experience that your people won’t forget?

Do you think that humor is just what the doctor ordered? Think your group wants (and needs) to laugh? But you still need a keynote speaker who can deliver a valuable message that your people will use?

If you feel like your audience needs to hear a message of learning to “lighten up” and take themselves less seriously, while at the same time taking what they do very seriously, then you need a funny motivational speaker.

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Change Management Comes Down to a Simple Choice

As a motivational speaker, almost 9 out of 10 clients ask me to address change management. I’m honestly amazed at how many of my clients are freaked out about change. The change is real, and their pain is real. But the answer to their stress and unhappiness might be more simple than they think.scroll down for video

Check out two of my recent clients, both of whom are dealing with a ton of change.

Client 1:

  • Hired a Change Management Consulting Firm
  • Lots of analytics, measurements and surveys around prepping for change
  • Work culture is toxic
  • Huge exodus of people on all levels
  • Profitability is down

Client 2:

  • Focused on growth, profits and the future.
  • Feels a positive work culture is crucial to success.
  • Like Client 1, has had major changes in their technology, client base, and organizational structure. But they consider all of these things, “Challenges we are making progress on.”
  • Has a VERY positive and well-loved work culture
  • Profits are up
  • Growth up
  • Future is bright

Client 1 Is freaking out.

Client 2 has most of the same issues regarding change, but just considers constant adaption as part of their business.

So What is My Point?

What you focus on is where the power is! In order to stay relevant and profitable, every organization is going to have to adapt to changes in our markets, our technology, and even our employees. Change is just a given. You don’t have a choice regarding change, but you do have a choice in how you react to it. You can freak out. Or you can roll your sleeves up, get started, and move forward towards success.

Client 2’s focus is on epic culture, and epic customer experiences. That’s the focus. Yes, they have to constantly deal with sometimes HUGE changes, but for them it’s just part of their job.

The management at Client 1 is freaking out, and everybody on staff knows it. They feel unsettled and upset, and they are NOT doing well with productivity or profitability. They need to calm down, take a breath, and just get started with moving forward. I’m convinced that the very fact they are surveying and analyzing every person and every bit of their company is primarily telegraphing their anxiety to their staff.

It’s not easy, but it is simple. When it comes to change you either have to accept it as a constant part of your job, or … You need a new job.

Dealing with change is simple, but not easy. Do you want to get behind it? Or do you want it to happen to you?

Yes, I know I’ve over-simplified. Yes I know that sometimes you DO REALLY NEED a huge amount of study regarding workplace processes, structure and culture. But on the other hand, it isn’t THAT complicated. Change is the new constant, and if you let it freak you out you are not going to do well.

Take a breath, roll up your sleeves, and start chipping away at your new problems. Give into the fact that you’ll NEVER be “finished” with these problems. (If you ever do finish with these problems, you’ll be out of a job!) And see if you can find some joy in the phrase, “We’re working on it, and we feel like we are making progress.”

You can do this. You’ve got this. Now stop whining.

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Brad Montgomery is a business and motivational speaker based in Denver, Colorado. He speaks to the people side of business. Call today to bring him in to speak to your group about change.

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I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to make a habit, so I decided to try it out myself. I eventually decided to make the habit of exercising, specifically cardio. Exercise for me is one of those things that I know makes me happier and makes me feel better but I always come up with excuses not to do it because, quite honestly, after working sitting on the couch watching tv with my family or reading a book in bed sounds a lot more appealing than going for a run. So I got to thinking: how do I get myself to do the things that I don’t really want to do? The twenty-one day idea sounded like a good start.

scroll down for videoI am now on day twelve, but when I sat down to write this blog, I found with the help of google that the idea of it taking twenty-one days to form a habit is actually a myth. I kind of felt ripped off that I was more than half way through of what was supposed to be the formation of a habit of exercise. And then I sat down and thought: maybe it wasn’t all for nothing. Because when I contemplated not going out running for the night, two questions popped into my head. And now with further thought, these questions are ones that are essential in getting people to do things that they don’t really want to do.

 

  1. How are you going to feel after you do the thing you don’t want to do?
  2. How are you going to feel if you don’t do the thing you don’t want to do?

 

How do I feel after I exercise? I feel proud of myself. I just went out and exercised. I did it even though I don’t like exercising.

However, it is the second question that I believe to be the more important question. How would I feel if I didn’t go out and exercise one day? After all, I am more than halfway through my goal. When I asked myself that question today, I felt motivated again. It was a way to get me out off the sofa and out of the house. If I gave up today, if I had given up after even one day or five days, I would feel like crap and bad about myself. Both of those are enough motivators to get out out doing whatever it is I should be doing.

Doing things that can make you feel better about yourself isn’t just limited to healthy habits like exercising. You could make a special effort to say hi to everybody at work. You could make one more sales call every day, you could even interact more with your family. It’s not up to me to decide! Take the time to think to yourself about an action that will have an impact on yourself and those around you, and then ask yourself how you are going to feel after you do it and how you would feel if you didn’t do it. Those two questions are important!

Brad Montgomery is a professional motivator and speaker who uses various formats to engage audiences, including keynotes, break-outs, and more to different associations around the country. If you need a person who can connect with your audience, then Brad is your guy. He will make your audience laugh while teaching them valuable techniques increase productivity in the office. Call or email for a free consultation today!

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I’ve got myself all dressed up purdy for Halloween. But I’ve also got a pretty cool point about using levity and humor for a tool. Check out the video:

What’s my point?   What are you gonna DO today to createvideo levity, lightheartedness and joy?  For yourself? For your family?  For your organization?  Your team?   All of the attitude adjustments in the world are great, but without action you have nothing.

So get out there…and act happy.   Your people need you.  And it will help you to get what you want.

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Halloween Fan

For those of you who prefer to read, here is a transcript of the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com. Happy Halloween! All right, so I love Halloween for a lot of reasons, but one of them is I get to dress up like a complete idiot and it’s okay. Check out the cool shoes!

All right, so what is my point and what does this have to do with you? The reason I like Halloween, besides the Snickers, is you get to dress up you get to have fun. You’re not only allowed to have fun, you’re encouraged to be a little bit goofy, and when I am speaking to my audiences, one of the messages that we give them, whether we’re talking to managers or to leaders or to entire organizations, we’re saying, ìIf you want to have a better workplace culture, if you want to bring levity and lightheartedness and humor to work, part of it yeah, is mindset, part of it is sort of a mental game, but in the end, it comes down to action. What are you going to do? What are you going to do to create joy and levity and fun in your life?î

So Halloween is perfect. You can act crazy and get away with it. Now, if you don’t feel like acting like a complete dork on Halloween, I don’t really care, but the point remains, and Halloween, I think, emphasizes that we’re allowed to do something, we’re encouraged to do something and if you really want to succeed to make your work culture fun, your family fun, any organization you’re part of fun, it’s going to require action on your part.

All right, Happy Halloween. Trick or treat. My name is Brad Montgomery. There’s more on BradMontgomery.com. Woo-hoo!

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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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

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Brad in the Coloradoan Newspaper:  https://www.bradmontgomery.com///states/coloradoan
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Brad worked for the Denver Broncos. See the testimonial video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr6chlr27ic
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