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[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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Health Care Speaker

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.

If you’re looking for a motivational speaker who UNDERSTANDS how to reach your audience of healthcare professionals, you’ve come to the right place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Change Sucks.  Deal with it.

As a business speaker, one of the most frequent calls I get from perspective clients is, “Can you talk to us about change?  Our folks are having a tough time.”

So are we all.

Recently I was reminded how HARD change can be, and I gotta say it was a little humbling.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/Ge3lw4a4WCE”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I have ALWAYS had some sort of technology that I use to play music and sound effects during my speeches.  It’s super cool, it adds a lot to the presentation, and it’s really a pain in the butt to learn.  The first time I got a technology, about 25 years ago, it took me at least a year to learn.  And maybe 5 years to master.

It’s not that complicated, but because I’m doing other things when I run it, it’s more difficult than

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Change Management Speaker

you think.  It’s easy to program wrong.  It’s easy to use wrong.  And it’s easy to forget some simple but crucial detail, spiraling my whole program into a messy pile of goop.  It ain’t rocket science, but it’s harder than it first appears.

So what’s new?  I just bought myself a new and improved technology.  It does the same thing I’ve always done — play music at my command — but it’s better than my older thing.  The problem is that I’m not used to it.  I make mistakes.  I have to re-learn the commands as they are different from the old ones, and programming it is not that hard, but because I’m used to the old way it SEEMS pretty hard.  It’s a pain in the butt.

I was whining to my wife about my problems and frustrations learning the new technology and she hit hard with a simple question:  “Why don’t you use some of the wisdom you tell your audiences, Mr. Motivational Speaker?”    Crap.  She got me.

She was right:  I was totally wasting my energy griping about change management.  I should heed my own advice.  What is it, you ask?  Glad you asked. Here it is in a nutshell.

• Change happens.  We can whine or not, but it happens.  Might as well try to go with it.  Fighting makes it worse.

• Change is good for our business.  If we don’t keep up with new trends and technologies, we eventually put ourselves OUT of work.  Reminding ourselves that change is a positive for us helps us to take it in stride.

• Change is good for our happiness.  When we get too used to stuff, we tend to stagnate.  Seeking new activities that challenge us keeps us in good mental shape.  Yeah, it is frustrating and difficult sometimes.  But oddly, those challenges are good for our long-term well being.

What Does ThIs Mean for You?   The next time you find yourself whining at the new software, the new IOs on your phone, or some new process at work, you have a choice.  You can whine and complain, or you

Funny Change Speaker

Funny Change Speaker

can try deal with it in a more positive way.  Don’t be like me and my new music technology.  Be brave.  Be strong.  Be gracious.

Shout out to my wife Kim for being smarter than I am.

What do you think?  How do YOU deal with change?

Brad Montgomery is a very funny motivational speaker on change.  Approximately 99% of his client are struggling with some aspect of change, and he has some pretty funny ways to help business people get through change management with grace, with skill, and with a sense of humor.  If you’d like to talk to us about how Brad can help your team get to where they need to be, give us a call or contact us immediately for a free consultation about how we can do just that.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hey!  Look here!  I just had the good luck to work for a bunch of general managers and managers — and an Mc Donals Logo - I'm loving itassortment of other leaders — from this organization that serves about 2,000 meals a day.  (Per restaurant.)

It’s impressive.  I was totally taken with their drive, creativity and plain old zest for success. It was a very fun, hard working group of people that needed a laugh, and some ideas about motivating themselves AND their teams.

Guess what?  They seemed to like me as much as I liked them. Aw shucks!

Check out what they had to say.

Are you looking for a motivational speaker who can rock your group?  A keynote that will get your people up and ready to lead themselves and their teams to where they need to go?  Looking for a motivational speaker for your event? Contact me here.

I need your help!  What’s the best caption for this photo of Homer and me?

Here’s your chance to be my hero and spread your awesome joke out into the world. Or at least my tiny portion of the world.  And in addition, I’ll send you a free copy of one of my audio programs if you’re the lucky winner.
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Most of the people on my FaceBook Page  have seen me speak live as a motivational speaker. And you know that I often use funny photos with punchlines. Help me with a punchline for this photo. What in the world can I say that is funny about it? If you were a motivational speaker and audience was expecting a brilliant joke to accompany this PowerPoint slide, what would you say to make them laugh?

I look forward to your funny captions — Leave them in the comments below. I promise to report back on the jokes I use and how they work  – Which is comedian code for does the audience laugh? And if I use your joke in particular, I will contact you directly to let you know how awesome you are.

If you are looking for a motivational speaker who looks like a cartoon version of Homer Simpson I hope you will contact me and we’ll set something up. But to be honest, it would be even better if you just want a funny motivational speaker who looks like … er …. me.   After all, cartoons are so two dimensional.  (Besides, Homer doesn’t know how to customize like I do. :)

Okay! Let the joke writing begin! Leave your jokes or ideas in comments below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Brad Montgomery
Business Motivational Speaker, Friend of Homer!

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That’s just it. You don’t have to; you can have both.Flash mob for hire

I’ve been a funny motivational speaker for 25 years and I’ve done a bunch of crazy stuff to get my audiences engaged, energized and ready to learn.

But lately I’ve been playing with Flash Mobs… “Instantly” turning the audience into a choreographed, awesome dance mob that surprises a tiny percentage of the audience.

In this case, we took some of the top sales people from this organization and punked them. The audience was buzzing with excitement as they quickly learned the dance. And they were psyched up for the anticipation of fooling and absolutely surprising their sales guys.

Who needs to hire a flash mob company? Just call our office and let us walk you through the process of arranging a flash mob for your organization.

Most clients who hire me to be a motivational speaker are eager to hear about this added-value service. It’s a no brainer (which I think might be a fancy speaker term, but I’m not sure.) What I do know is that if you’re ready to take your meeting or convention to the next level; if you’re ready to make your group WANT to learn; if you want your people sending video and text home (and to their offices) bragging about how much fun they are having at your meeting; if you want to create an environment where people are creative, innovative and ready for change….then you need a Flash Mob with Brad-iTude!

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Yours,

Brad Montgomery
One-Man- Flash – Mob -Company, Happiness Motivational Speaker, Meeting Energizer

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I just had a really interesting conversation with a client who knows I’m a motivational speaker, but is worried that I’m too funny.  She loves me, she says.  Thinks I’d be the perfect business speaker.  But because her organization is going through some REALLY tough times, she’s afraid that if her people actually enjoy learning from me, she’ll get push back from her boss.

She basically asked me to justify myself.  Which I took to be a great exercise.  I decided to ask you what YOU think.   Would this convince you?

Thanks XXXXX,
You asked me to write up a bit about why investing in a happiness speaker who is funny would be a good investment for you.   Here are some of the things we talked about on the phone:

• Most people (and organizations) have happiness backwards.  They think that “when things get better” we will be more happy.   But social scientists have proved that happy people (and happy organizations) perform WAY better than their unhappy counterparts.  Therefore, investing in making happiness LEADS to better performance.  (Not the other way around.)

It sounds to me that things have been tough for you folks;  now is the time to invest in helping people perform at their best.

•  According to Harvard, (and dozens of other studies) happy people are more creative, more innovative, more resilient, better leaders, better team members, healthier, sell more, and are more accurate than their less-happy counterparts.

•  Often organizations wait until “Things are good” until they invest in their people’s attitudes and culture.  This is a mistake.  Organizations who are suffering the most (due to the economy or any other circumstance) are the very organizations WHO CANNOT AFFORD NOT to invest in happiness.

•  Brad (that’s me!) is very funny on purpose.  Audiences tune out when they see 149 PowerPoint slides, and a boring presentation telling them to “Really get to work because times are tough.”   I use humor and laughter as a tool;  I know — because I’ve done this for everybody from the Federal Government to Lockheed to Microsoft to associations all across the country — that people learn best when they are enjoying themselves. They listen.  They learn.  They adapt and change.  So I use humor as a tool to make this message stick.

Organizations who don’t want a speaker because he is funny are missing the point.  They should choose a speaker with a relevant and needed message who has a proven method of delivering that message in a way that their people will actually hear and learn from.   I have a strong business message.  I deliver it in a way that people connect with and learn from;  It just turns out that my method includes laughter.

Of course I’d love to work with you.  And from what I understand, I think your people could really use an outside perspective like mine;  they can use a message that gives them the tools to perform at their very best.  But I know some organizations are more comfortable with industry speakers, tradition and doing thing they way they have been done for years.  Of course if you choose that route, I’ll be disappointed.

But if you’re ready to work with a proven speaker who can deliver a valuable message about how we can take control of our attitudes and our happiness — and that if we can do that we CAN improve our bottom line results— I’d love to be considered.

Thanks!

Brad Montgomery

What do YOU think?  Do you think it’s absolute crap to book a speaker who makes your group laugh when times are tough?   (Or is it the opposite: that booking a VERY funny speaker to help your people get a handle on the attitudes in order to move forward is a great idea?)

 

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There are a few organizations that are close to my heart.  Diabetes because my daughter is a Type 1 Diabetic  Alzheimer’s because it took my mom when she was young.  And hospice because both my grandmother and my mom saw the amazing benefit and power of hospice.  (As did my family…hospice helps the survivors too.)

I recently got to speak at a health care conference for hospice and palative care folks in my home town of Denver, Colorado.  It was a hoot.  They gave so much to me and my family a short time ago, and it was a TOTALY honor to give just a teensy bit back to them.

I loved them.   Happily the feeling was (at least sort of) mutual.  Check out this nice letter.

Brad Montgomery
Brad Montgomery Productions
Dear Brad,
WOW!
As a seasoned meeting professional, I have never participated In a keynote presentation quite like yours.

It was truly spectacular! The Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care Fall Conference was brought to a close with your uplifting, funny, lively, engaging presentation and we are so grateful to you for that!
On behalf of the Education Committee and the Board of Directors, we want to thank you for your gift of the closing keynote presentation for our conference. It was truly special and greatly appreciated by all.
You made it crystal clear that happiness and laughter have a place in the working world of hospice and palliative care. If we can’t share it with those around us and those we work with, we are doing a disservice to all. You spoke of giving back to the hospice community and I can confirm that you have done that and so much more…
Kindest regards,
K. Smith
Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative

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Win a free subscription to my Hooked on Humor audio series simply by posting a caption to the photo below:

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Win a copy of Hooked on Humor simply by posting a funny caption.
Winning is easy peasy:
1. Post a caption (and read the others) here on my blog. (Scroll Down!)
2. We’ll have two winners. The author of the funniest caption, and another winner chosen radomly from all entrants. (So if your idea isn’t that funny, post one anyway. Who knows?!)
3. There’s no third one. See? It’s easy.

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So what are you waiting for. Scroll down and leave a funny caption to the photo as a comment below.
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Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Wedding Crasher

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boeing image logoHey Boeing!   It was a total blast to be part of your event in St. Louis.   As a surprise to you, (How Cool is That!?) here’s a brief follow-up video to remind you of some of the fun stuff we covered when we were together on Last Tuesday.

Here’s an ethical bribe:   leave a comment (scroll down and leave it below) and tell us what YOU are doing or thinking differently based on our time together and I’ll send you a gift.  No silly….not a crystal bowl.  But it’s fun.  It’s free.  And it’s my treat.

Here’s a very casual (which translates to “I made it with my phone!”)  video I created in the St. Louis airport just for you.  Thanks again… and don’t forget to comment.  Cheers and thanks.

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Thanks Boeing.  It was my distinct pleasure!

Have a great day….. and don’t forget the bribe:   leave a comment below about what you learned and are doing differently and I’ll send you a treat!

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For those of you who prefer to read, here is a transcription:
Hi friends it’s Brad Montgomery from Bradmontgomery.com.  I put together a special video just for you because I wanted to thank you for all of your time and attention today.  But also to remind you of what we covered today because I know since then you’ve had some difficult times, you’ve had like what, 10,000 emails, all kinds of emergencies, let’s see if we can’t remind you how to connect happiness to your bottom line.  Because remember the concept was that if we enjoy our time at the link we are going to be better and more productive and more efficient, more effective at Boeing.  So how do we do that? You know how.  Remember all that fun we had this morning?  The laughing and the joking and the carrying on, that feeling is to go, you’re job is to bring it back home and especially bring it back to Boeing because it will make it you better and because you know how.

Here’s the 3 points we covered this morning.  First, I want you to find happiness. Find things that remind you that life is good. I mean how cool is it to work for Boeing?  You’re involved with the space shuttle. You know, you see planes landing every single day that you guys have a piece of supporting. How cool is that?  How cool is it that you just finished up a really cool administrative admin week, how cool is that?  How cool is it that you’re getting a reminder video from a guy, Brad Montgomery that you’ve already forgotten about?  How cool is that?  I’m at the airport in St. Louis getting ready to take off to go home and it’s going to be a Boeing plane. Woo Hoo! How cool is that!? So the first step is a gratitude piece, find things that remind you that life is good.

The second step is a choice. I want you to choose happy, think happy.  Remember that if you want to enjoy your life at home and especially your life at work, part of the equation is deciding that you want to enjoy your time at Boeing. So either that has to be a conscious decision, do you want to have a good time or not? I’m thinking you do. I want to make sure you make that conscious decision.

Now finally, there’s an active piece. You’ve got to be physically active in doing something that creates levity, light-heartedness, joy, humor, fun at work. So I don’t know what this means for you. Maybe it means you really do put a magnet in your coffee cup and drive around St. Louis or maybe it just means you make a point to bring some humor to work. You play at work, you put a clown nose on, I don’t care, do something. Whatever it is, do something.

Finally, I just wanted to remind you how much I appreciated being part of it. It was very cool to be in the Boeing building with you guys in St. Louis.  It was very fun to be your motivational speaker, but the coolest part was watching your faces start from kind of serious and busy and over-worked and end where you ended just feelings to go.  You people deserve it, you’ve been working hard.  Life has not been easy lately and I know you guys work hard at Boeing, you deserve to really enjoy it. So find happy, choose happy, act happy.

There’s more stuff at Bradmontgomery.com including a bribe.  All right, so here’s the bribe, if you leave a comment, there’s a button, I don’t know where the buttons are.  Look down, there’s a button and leave a comment and tell me what specific thing are you doing or thinking differently based on our time together.  If you tell me what you’re doing or thinking differently, what I’ll do is I’ll send you a gift.  No, it’s not a Ford Explorer. No, it’s not a space shuttle.  But it’s cool and it’s my treat and all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what you’re doing differently based on our time together.

All right, thank you so much, if you have any questions or comments let me know. You can contact me through the website right here Bradmontgomery.com and really thank you so much, just an absolute pleasure to be part of it.  Have a great day Boeing.  Thanks Admins.

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