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We now present the eleventh in a series of video articles about:

 

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 to Work With Your Motivational Keynote Speaker to get the Most From Your Conference Investment

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Team Player for YOU

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For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from funnymotivationalspeakers.com, and bradmontgomery.com, with a continuing series of videos about how to hire a motivational speaker. What do you need to know to choose your motivational speaker? Well one of the mistakes I see people making when hiring a motivational speaker is not coaching your speaker with enough information to really deliver the presentation that you paid for.

So what do I mean by that? A few times, not many, but a few times I’ve had clients who’ve gone through the trouble to choose me partly because I customize my programs. And then what they do is because they’re busy, because they have a life and because organizing this meeting is one of the many things in their life on their list and organizing their keynote speaker is one of the many things on that list, they never get around to really coaching. Don’t let that happen.

Make Sure You Coach Your Motivational Speaker for Great Results

The reason why coaching your speaker about what you need, what you want, what you don’t want, what you don’t need, and a little bit about what your people are going through, what they’re stressing about, what they love, what they hate, some of the inside jokes, the reason some of those things are important because they really help me, or whoever your speaker is, to prepare a customized program that’s meaningful and relevant. And I know that’s what you want.

You don’t want just a presentation, kind of a cardboard cutout of the speaker talking to you and your audience. No. You want somebody who can really reach through and grab them and let them know that he’s speaking to them, about them and for them, and that way they’ll really internalize and be prepared to accept and make lasting behavioral change based on that event.

So that’s pretty good, right? But all of it really in the end comes down to you. Yes, you’re going to hire the right speaker, yes you’re going to hire a speaker who can customize, but then don’t forget you need to go through and help your speaker know. You got to do a little bit of coaching, a little bit of talking.

Now in my case my job is to make it easier for you to do that. We don’t want to make it like a homework project where it’s just a horrible to-do to get me ready to go. We’ve got a really streamlined process, it’s very easy and it’s surprisingly quick, like shockingly quick. But at the same time it’s important.

So next time you’re hiring a motivational speaker or a keynote speaker, I want you to ask: What are you going to do to customize, and then I want you to follow up and say, What do I need to do to make sure you get all the information you need about us. My needs, my desires, my wants, my team, my organization, whatever.

All right, that’s easy, right? You can do that. I’d love to be your guy. I’d love to be the one answering that question. You can reach us at bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. Make it a rock on day. Thanks.

Worried about choosing a motivational speaker?  I don’t blame you.  It’s a big deal.

Here Are three easy things to do to assure you’re getting the right speaker;  a speaker Motivational Speakeryou KNOW can deliver.

  1.  Ask your perspective business speaker to talk to recent (and I mean very recent) clients.  For extra credit ask them to talk to clients having a similar meeting for a similar audience.  If your speaker can’t come up with anything recent, ask them why not.
  2. Search the ‘net for a body of work.  Sure, you want to see the latest video.  But knowing that your speaker has been working, improving, fine-tuning, and changing their approach for years and years and years should give you comfort.  Don’t worry if the video from 10 years ago is horrible. Be happy that your speaker has been at it for at least 10 years.  (And of course, make sure you like the most recent video.)
  3. Check for referrals from the audiences of your speaker.  You want your speaker to make you, the meeting planner happy.  But you also want your speaker to offer value to your audience.

Call us now and we’ll happily answer all three questions.

And, since you asked (ok, maybe that was just in my head) here are some recent notes our recent client St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana just sent.  We’re proud of ’em.

Call us now and we’ll get you all the information you need.


 

“Our event with Brad was a huge success! Brad was very warm and easy to talk to. He was interested in really getting to know us and you could tell by the dinner conversation. The staff were so complimentary and I can’t tell you how many shared that it was so much better than they thought it would be. Brad was so engaging with the staff and he was able to get them to relax, learn about happiness and have a great time doing it. His presentation was very funny and kept the crowd listening and they had take-away’s for sure. We receive updates from the managers at closings of each night and they had so many compliments from the staff’s change in attitude after they heard Brad speak. Some of them are listed below. I also have attached the notes from his message and a facebook post from one of our staff after the event. The great thing is the message of happiness was heard and they intend to use at work and home. I would highly recommend Brad to any of your clients.” – Jennifer A

Morale was AWESOME this evening! I feel like the staff walked away with a great attitude after this afternoons University Day session! Thank you to everyone who played a part in putting this together! I would really like to keep this momentum in the coming days during preshift! One of the happiest shifts I’ve worked in a long time. Huge success in my opinion.  –Sarah W.   

I have to agree with Sarah that everyone was in really great spirits this evening after the meeting. Some may have been sarcastic and joking, but I think they all have definitely opened their eyes and attitudes to being happy and making others happy while here.  –Amanda F.  

UNIVERSITY DAY! What a great event!  –Kara B.   


Brad Montgomery is a business speaker who helps to get your people to Buy In.  They already know what to do…he helps them WANT to do it.  Because it’s good for them and good for business.  And also because it can be really fun.  Learn more about this motivational speaker at https://www.bradmontgomery.com

A potential client said to me the other day, “We had a motivational speaker last year. Funny Motivational SpeakerShouldn’t we have something different?”

I was insulted. I mean, I am different! (Ask my wife!)  I’m a motivational speaker, so I’m also biased.  But for some really good reasons!  Of course clients want something different. Everybody wants the newest, most “in” thing; the presentation, keynote or performance that everyone’s talking about.

But just because you had motivation last year, you think your employees never need motivation again? Don’t tell that to Winston Churchill, or the President for that matter. If one dose of motivation was all anybody needed during a lifetime, parents, schoolteachers, bosses, presidents and prime ministers would all be out of business. People need constant motivation. Every day is a new opportunity to motivate someone, or the same one.

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The trick to motivation, of course, is to keep your people motivated. How do you do that? Well, my own patented brand of motivation is all about humor. Getting people to laugh while at the same time motivating them to engage in their jobs, in their work place, in their work mates is the glue that makes the lesson stick. I use everything I can think of to make people laugh, lighten up and realize that the work-place has the potential to be a positive, upbeat place for personal growth and outstanding employee performance. I use:

  • jokes,
  • tricks,
  • team-building games,
  • heck, I even use animal balloons and confetti.

If balloons and confetti are what it takes to motivate people and make them smile, I use them.

And while having people laugh and lighten up does lead to short-term motivation and productivity increases, how can we make it last for the long haul? The short answer? Regular doses of daily or weekly motivation.  I provide my clients with information, techniques, props and more to keep the motivation going. It’s like a booster shot. You bring Brad in for the big, bad dose of supercharged, high energy, lightening bolt motivation, and then have your people check in on a regular basis for some updates.

Do they need some encouragement in dealing with that pesky co-worker who won’t stop complaining? Click on a video segment of Brad talking about how to deal with miserable people.

Is their boss going through a rough patch at home which is spilling over into the workplace? Break out the motivational toys and gadgets specifically designed to bring some levity and perspective into the office or break room.

A massive change coming down the pike that your people are nervous about? They may need to read a chapter in Brad’s book, Humor Me—America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter about how stress can be combated through the use of humor. There are so many ways to keep the motivation strong and flowing.

No doubt about it, for the big changes, the big stressors, the big downers Funny motivational speakerthat life dumps on people now and again, sometimes a booster shot isn’t enough. Sometimes a full dose of motivation, encouragement and inspiration is what’s needed. And that’s a fact, regardless of whether you had a motivational speaker last year, last month or last week.

Motivation isn’t just a one-time deal and you’re done. People in all employment situations, in all walks of life, of all personality types need the boost that a great motivational speaker can provide, and they need it more than once a lifetime. They need it regularly.

So for an awesome blast of motivational humor, workplace encouragement, or team-building inspiration, bring in me, motivational speaker Brad Montgomery, and my special brand of upbeat, positive, life-affirming, workplace and employee motivation. It’s what the doctor ordered!

Want to see what it looks like? Check you can check out me doing my motivational speaker thing here:

See the motivational speaker preview on YouTube.

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

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Frequent Shower-Taker

Professional motivational speaker Brad Montgomery now presents the twelfth in a series of his video articles about:

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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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How To Hire a Motivational Speaker

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

Yours,

Brad Montgomery

Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Not a Celebrity (but a really, really good speaker)

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For you folks who prefer to read, here’s the transcript to the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery with a tip about how to get the most return on your professional speaker or motivational speaker investment. Here’s the tip: consider experience over celebrity. So here’s, the deal, there’s two types of speakers. Okay, there’s more than two types of speakers, but if you kind of blur your eyes there’s two types of speakers. One of them are professional speakers, people who do this all the time. And the other one are celebrity speakers, people who have done something that’s amazing and now are talking about it. Well I’m going to confess to you there is one huge advantage to celebrity speakers. If you’re trying to build your audience, celebrity can help.

So for example, if you’re an association and you’re not sure about how many people you can get to your event, sometimes hiring a celebrity will be enough of an add to get people to come to your event. So that’s a good point, I can’t say anything about that. But I’d really like you to think long-term. Don’t think about this years conference; I want you to think about next years conference and the year after that. One of the best ways to get people to next years conference is to make sure that this years conference rocks.

And my suggestion to you is a killer speaker, period, is going to be better than a mediocre speaker, and generally speaking I think we can agree that experienced speakers are better than inexperienced speakers. So I want you to consider that. Listen to this quote of a real good pal of mine, another professional speaker told me that he was having a chat with the meeting planner, and the meeting planner told him, “Well you know what, we use the celebrities to bring the audience in, but we use people like you to make sure that the conference is good.” That’s a pretty good thought, isn’t it? I mean that’s a pretty deep thought, the meeting planner is confessing that in their experience celebrity speakers generally are not as good as full-time professional speakers, you know.

Look For Experience When Hiring Motivational Speaker

So look for experience. How are you going to know about experience? Ask. When you’re considering hiring a motivational speaker I want you to ask this question, “Tell me about your experience.” And if they say, “Well, you know what, I’ve done some really, really amazing things in my lifetime up to this point. Now, you know, I’ve done it four times,” that’s a hint. I want you to ask another follow up question, “And what experience do you have in my niche, in my industry for audiences like mine?” And if they say, “None, I’ve never done it,” I want you to follow up with that, because your audience not only deserves, but really as time goes on and our audiences become more media savvy, they require a professional speaker who completely gets them and they will see a fraud, somebody who doesn’t understand them or their audience, them or their distresses, their problems, their joys, their job. They will understand, they hate that and they’ll turn on you. Trust me, I’ve seen it.

So I’d love to be your guy. I’m not a celebrity. I’m not famous. But I’m good, and I’d love to be part of your team. Give us a call and we’ll talk about how we can help you and your association, your meeting, your conference get to where you want them to be. Bradmontgomery.com or you can find us at funnymotivationalspeakers.com. Have a great day.

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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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?

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

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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.

Speaking Hall of Fame — Council of Peers Award of Excellence CPAE

 

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