Brad had a blast working with employees at Enterprise Bank in MA recently. Here are video testimonials from employees about what his message meant to them.
Brad with audience: What if I gave you a couple of specific ways to stay happy, to remind yourself to stay happy? Would that be helpful? Of course it would because we spend so much of our time at work.
Fun at work makes us better at work
Doesn’t it make sense to invest some energy, some calories into making sure that time at work is fun? And the science backs us up. We know this. We know that if we’re better, or we’re having fun at work, we’re better at work. We’re healthier, right? Wellness? We saw that. We’re healthier, we’re better, we’re more resilient. We’re everything we need to be. Customer experience is easier. I just dropped that customer experience in there because it’s in my contract, so.
Next speaker: Brad really had them laughing and his message hit home for our employees.
Next speaker: Yes, actually, I would say Brad’s experience as a certified speaking professional, you can tell that he’s taken the time to get to know the company and you don’t always get that with other speakers. So I think this is probably one of the best ones we’ve had so far.
I love working with banks and I’d love to be on your team to bring a laugh-out-loud message of fun and your bottom-line. Call me, we’ll put together an unforgettable experience for your next meeting! Brad
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We talked about this before: you need to check the testimonials and references. But in addition, we’re convinced that you need to chat with your potential motivational speaker. On the phone. No secretaries. No speakers bureaus. You need to talk direct. Does he seem pleasant? Does he seem to understand your needs? Is he willing to shape his program around your needs, desired outcomes and goals? Does he feel more like a partner or more like a contractor?
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For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:
Speaker: It turned out to be great. Employees loved it. I suggest you look him up and take him up on speaking at your next event. Thank you.
Brad with audience: What? What? Did I miss something? What did I miss? So here’s the deal. We’re going to talk today about connecting fun and levity with excellence and what I love about you is you already get that. Enterprise, you guys are experts at this. You know, fun place to work, whatever.
Jamie: Hi, I’m Jamie Gabriel. I work for Enterprise Bank. I’m the Senior Human Resources Manager and I just had the pleasure of working with Brad Montgomery on a all-employee meeting session. Brad was lively and engaging and of course, as you would have expected, humorous. His presentation was filled with excellent stories that people could take back and apply within their own life and he also brought in some of our own business challenges that we wanted to consider and he had some humor to those as well.
Next speaker: Well, we have two sessions that Brad’s speaking at. The morning session’s already happened, got a lot of great feedback. People loved it, lots of laughs and we’re looking forward to his afternoon performance.
Jamie: We had two sessions, one in the morning and Brad’s presentation was all the buzz throughout the course of the day. So employees loved it, they felt energized and they left feeling like they could make a difference and be humorous in their own work environments.
I was speaking to a potential client on the phone today and I was impressed with some of the questions she asked me. I was amazed at the quality of her questions. It was clear that this woman had a clear plan in mind when she started to choose and select her motivational speaker.
Most of her questions were centered around my experience; basically she wanted to make sure I had lots of it. Tons of experience. And I was impressed with her questions. And it struck me that she — perhaps without knowing it — should teach a short class in how to Make Sure Your Speaker Has a Proven Track Record. She wanted to make sure I:
•Am a motivation speaker with a long list of happy clients.
•Consider booking only speakers who have earned thier CSP (Certified Speaking Professional… this is a pretty big deal.)
•That I am a speaker who can provide RECENT references. And that ALL of my recent clients are happy clients.
•That I am a speaker who’s clients are not only numerous, but go back a LONG way. (She wanted to make sure that I had experience over time.)
What a great idea. It reminded me of how my wife and I engaged a construction firm to re-do our kitchen. We did check references, but we did not ask for the firm’s Six Most Recent clients. We should have done just that. That contractor was a nightmare.
He had references, but heck… anybody who has been in any business a few years can find happy clients. What I should have checked was this: are ALL of his clients happy? At least the ones in the last year?
So when this perspective client wanted more than clients… she wanted recent clients … I was impressed. And totally thrilled to give them to her.
Bottom line: book a speaker with a LONG and PROVEN track record. (Of course.. I’d love it if you book me. : )
Motivational Speakers Award:
Brad is a Certified Speaking Professional! (C.S.P.)
Motivational Humorist and Business Speaker Brad Montgomery Receives International Award
DENVER, Colorado, USA.
Denver business humorist and motivational speaker Brad Montgomery has earned the National Speakers Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. He was honored at the Speakers Association’s highest earned designation during ceremony at the NSA International Convention, July 13-16, in Orlando, FL.What is CSP?
The Certified Speaking Professional designation, established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association (NSA), is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform skill. CSP is conferred by the US-based National Speakers Association and by the National Speakers Association of Australia only on those who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. The letters CSP following a speaker’s name indicate a speaking professional with proven experience who understands what is required and knows how to deliver client satisfaction.
Comments from Those Who Hire Speakers
“CSP is an insurance policy toward the meeting planner’s success. The CSP designation is a qualifier in the mind of the astute planner.”Brad Plumb
North American Speakers Bureau, Inc.
“I am a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional). I believe strongly in designations. It says you are committed to the profession. When I have equal speakers, I will take the CSP first over the non-CSP. Yes, CSP does make a difference in selecting speakers.”
Betty E. Garrett,CMP
Garrett Speakers International
“You know they (CSPs) have achieved a certain discipline that puts them in a category all their own;they have passed the test of longevity; they have proven themselves. It makes a difference today and will continue to make a difference in the meeting planning industry.”
“When I have a choice of a speaker who is a CSP or not, I will select the speaker who is a CSP.”Michelle Lemmons
International Speakers Bureau, Inc.
“I always consider the CSP designation the hallmark of professional excellence. The CSPs that we have selected have never disappointed our audiences.”
Barbara S. Sadek
The Society for Human Resources Management
“It’s truly an indication that a speaker has achieved a higher level of professionalism. It’s something we look for first. I reduce my risk by hiring someone with a CSP.”
Mfgrs. Representatives of America
Why Should You Hire a Certified Speaking Professional?
It will make your job easier! The success of your meeting will be judged largely on the caliber, professionalism and appropriateness of the topic and presenter(s) you select. Choosing a CSP maximizes your opportunity of providing a speaker with a message that will focus, elevate and enhance the mission of your meeting and stick firmly in the memories, attitudes and action plans of your attendees.How Many CSPs Are There?
Less than 7% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. The membership of the International Federation for Professional Speakers is comprised of professional speaking associations worldwide. CSP is the international standard that these associations agree represent competence in the speaking profession.What Benefit Does a CSP Bring to Your Meeting?
A Certified Speaking Professional brings a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise. CSPs are committed to ongoing education, outstanding service and ethical behavior. CSPs offer wide varieties of approaches, topics and styles. Only you can determine which speaker will best fit your needs. A Certified Speaking Professional provides a solid place with which to begin your search.What Are the Criteria?
Every CSP must…
- Maintain membership and subscribe to the Code of Professional Ethics.
- Serve a minimum of 100 different clients within 5 years.
- Present a minimum of 250 professional speaking engagements within this same 5-year period.
- Submit testimonial letters from clients served.
- Submit professionally prepared promotional materials
- Receive excellent ratings from past clients on professional performance evaluations.
- Continue education in the professional speaking field.
The Speakers Association
NSA, a member association of the International Federation for Professional Speakers, is dedicated to advancing the art and value of experts who speak professionally. The International Federation for Professional Speakers provides more than 5000 members with the resources and education designed to enhance the talent, ethics and business acumen of professional speakers. The CSP Certification is an indication that you are booking a committed professional who has a history of success with many audiences.
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