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Hey, welcome back to my blog. It’s Brad Montgomery from bradmontgomery.com and funnymotivationalspeakers.com here with the series:

Don’t Make This Mistake When Hiring a Motivational Speaker

 

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.  

 

Top Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Motivational or Keynote Speaker.

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

Yours,

Brad Montgomery

Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader, Would Love To Be On Your Team!

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

One of the problems I see happening a lot is really a mis-allocation of your convention or meeting budget. And I’d like you to consider spending a little bit more on your speaker than you thought. The big mistake I see is that people will invest a huge amount of money on things that have no lasting value or impact on their attendees and then spend very little on their professional, and the overall return on the investment for the meeting stinks.

What Your People Will Remember About the Motivational Speaker After the Convention Is Over

So here’s the question I want you to ask yourself as you’re deciding what to buy: what are your people going to remember after the convention is over? Are they more apt to remember the slightly better chicken that you upgraded to? Are they more apt to remember that you’ve got brownies instead of cookies? Are they more apt to remember that you got the really cool ice cream or whatever? I mean are they going to remember the fact that you upgraded even your hotel or venue a slight bit? Or are they going to remember the speaker that came, shook them until it hurt, dumped them out of their chairs because they were laughing so hard, and six months later, a year later they’re still echoing and repeating what that speaker taught them? They’re still adapting techniques they’ve learned from that speaker. Are they going to remember that or what they had for their final dessert?

Of course, you know, I’m biased. I’m a speaker. I’d like you to invest in me, I don’t mind telling you. But no matter who you hire I want you to consider what is going to make the most difference for the longest amount of time to your people. My guess is that you want them to have a good time. That’s a great idea. My guess is you want to treat them really well and feed them really well. That’s a great idea. But I know also that at the very basic level, you’re trying to create lasting behavior change. And my suggestion to you would be to take some of that budget and reallocate it and get a top professional motivational speaker and pass on a few little extras that they will not remember.

Well I’d love to be your guy. If you’d like to talk to me about my fees and what we offer for it and why we think my investment is worth it, I hope you’ll give us a call, funnymotivationalspeakers.com. My name is Brad Montgomery. Make it a great day.

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Determining Whether The Motivational Speaker Can Customize His Program To Your Organization

All right, so here’s the favor I’m asking you. When you’re hiring that motivational speaker, when you’re talking to them on the phone, I want you to ask them this question: “What do you do to customize your program? How are you going to make it special for us?” And then listen. And if they’re good, if they’re top, if they’re pro, they’re going to have a lot of things to say about this.

I could talk about this topic for hours. If they say, “Well you know, what I do is I send out a little questionnaire and I ask you for your product names and I ask you for your company name and I ask you for the name of your top sales person ‘cause I’m going to put that person’s name in a little joke I’ve prepared,” no. That’s the wrong person. Find out what customizing means to your speaker and, you know, hold their feet to the fire. Grill them. See what they think.

I’d love to be your professional speaker. I’d love to be your keynote speaker if you’re looking for somebody who will customize and will talk to you until your done listening about what that means for you and your organization and what my speech or program would look like for your organization, give us a call. You can reach us through funnymotivationalspeakers.com or bradmontgomery.com.

So glad you’re here. Look for more videos at the links below on top mistakes people make when hiring a speaker. Really glad to have you.

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.  

Thanks for tuning in. We now present the thirteenth video blog in a series about how to get the most out of your motivational speaker.

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

Yours,

Brad Montgomery

Motivational Speaker, Speaker Who Customizes YOUR Message

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

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from bradmontgomery.com with a continuing video series on top mistakes people make when choosing or hiring a motivational speaker or a keynote speaker. All right, one of the mistakes I see a lot is people selecting a motivational speaker who will not or cannot customize their message for you and your organization.

First of all, what is customize? Customize means…. By the way, it’s not tailor. Customize means creating an event, an experience for you and your team, for your organization. What customizing is not is just dropping a few little keywords, dropping in your message, dropping in your product name, dropping in your company name. No, no, no, no, no. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking creating an experience so that when your audience is sitting there in their seats watching the motivational speaker you chose for your convention, your audience knows that this speaker is there for them.

Now why is that so important? Because of the fact that our audiences are very sophisticated right now, it’s really important to put a speaker in front of them that they know is meaningful and relevant for them. That means if you’re able to put up a motivational speaker or keynote speaker on video and just like play their DVD, and it’s the same exact program you would have got had you brought that speaker in from the outside, I think you’re making a huge mistake. Your audience will know that it’s just, “Oh, like I’m watching the show,” and they’re not going to go for it.

Your audience doesn’t want to see a one-man show. They don’t want to see a presentation. What they want to see is a speaker who has relevant and meaningful ideas that are prepared and delivered to them, to their needs, to their problems, to their stresses, to their desires. And if you’re funny – I happen to be a funny motivational speaker – if you’re using humor, not only does that customized humor make sure that there is a deeper connection between your speaker and your audience, but it also, customized teamwork is funny. It’s just really, really funny. There’s nothing funnier than making jokes about your people, your acronyms, your buildings, your products, whatever.

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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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Why do we do what we do?  This question has boggled psychologists for decades.  Up until now, there is no clear-cut answer to this million-dollar question.  Theories are the best bet we have at the moment, from B.F. Skinner’s operant conditioning to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

The Nature of Motivation

But although this field is still up for debate and research, one thing is clear: motivation is the reason we do what we do. Its literal meaning, after all, is the desire to do something.  Be it waking up early in the morning to jog or working overtime on a weekly basis, it is what keeps us going.  Without motivation, we will have neither the desire nor the energy to do something we deem productive.motivational-speaker-2

At its core, motivation has three key components.  The first element is activation, in which the person decides to initiate the action.  After activation comes persistence, which signifies the effort the person exerts to overcome obstacles and fulfill the goal.  The last component is intensity – the amount of vigor spent to achieve the goal.

Where the motivation comes from is a different discussion. Psychologists say that motivation can either be intrinsic or extrinsic.  The former comes from within, meaning you actually want to do the action.  Personal gratification is the keyword here.  The latter is all about the external factors that drive us to complete an action, from tangible rewards (e.g. money, awards) to social recognition.

Psychology, Productivity, and Your Workforce

So how does this relate to business?  It’s fairly simple.  Without motivation, any company would stagnate and eventually go bust.  A business depends on the people under its employ, which means that the performance of the staff members dictates how well the company competes with the rest of the market.  Without its staff fulfilling basic and crucial tasks, there would be no running enterprise to begin with.

Now, think of a situation where the workers have no motivation whatsoever to finish their job.  The company won’t meet its goals, and there would be no way for the business grow.  Should this trend continue, the business will crash.

For this reason, it is important to ensure that your workforce has the proper motivation to do well in their respective jobs.  This is where Brad Montgomery and his team steps in.  As one of the top motivational speakers in the country, Brad has the skill to bring out the best in your employees and make sure that they continue to perform excellently in their roles.

Contact us today for more information about Brad’s services.

Inspiration is everywhere, and nothing motivates people better than something to aim for. We think that what we do here isn’t really about motivating people to do the things they need to get done, per se. We help them find the reasons they need to motivate themselves. This is probably a more effective approach, since it allows people to find the answers for themselves.SDA 2014 Conference 1

Finding Motivation in Strange Places

Motivation is notoriously difficult to find, especially considering the prevailing attitude about it is that it’s the one that’s supposed to find you. This is a passive approach that takes forever to fulfill, and the ones waiting for motivation to hit usually never recognize it when it does.

Make no mistake, motivation can be found; it only takes a bit of imagination with regards to the places where people can look. Most people will snicker at this, but the bathroom is one of the most underrated places for people to motivate themselves. It sounds weird, but hear us out, there are some valuable motivational lessons that we can learn in the john if we paid enough attention.

Appreciate the Little Things

Take note of urine color the next time you take a pee break and congratulate yourself if it’s clear. This means you’re properly hydrated. The devil is in the details in most everything we do. If we don’t stop to acknowledge the small things we’re doing right, we’ll never be happy even with the big things.

Give Yourself Small Goals

Do you know those small mint things they put in urinals? Don’t you ever want to see that thing melt away? That’s what one of our correspondents tried to do. He went to the bathroom every chance he could pee in the same urinal, just to melt the little mint completely.

Did he accomplish anything by sticking to this quest so religiously? Many would argue that he didn’t, but it misses the point. The fact of the matter is, this man gave himself a goal, and he pushed through with it until he succeeded. Work is almost always small tasks that slowly build into bigger ones over time. Stick to the small goals and you’ll slowly chip away at the big prize.

This isn’t the usual advice most motivational speakers give their audience (maybe for good reason), but these off-beat lessons need sharing. If you’re looking for a speaker that’s not afraid to go to new places to help motivate your company, contact us today. We’ll surprise, excite, and do whatever it takes to stimulate your workforce.

You have a great team of employees that constantly exceeds your expectations. They seem to be enthusiastic and motivated, as well as passionate about the work they are doing. The only problem is, they are leaving one by one. They are sending you resignation letters, and you do not have an idea how to stop it.

It’s sad. When employees seem to have one too many bad days, they may be thinking of leaving their job behind. Employee retention these days is more than just about making employees happy in the present. It is also important to consider their happiness and satisfaction for the long term.Mosaic.2013.31

Here are a few reasons why employees are packing their bags, and insight on what you can do to keep this from happening:

No Career Growth

It is extremely important for employees to have the ability to grow in their career path. This is why employers need to ask team members about their own goals and expectations. It is always important to find out the skills they want to sharpen or acquire. It is also advisable to offer leadership training and mentorship programs.

When you give employees the tools they need, they will be motivated to achieve their professional goals. They will also be motivated to come to work and contribute to the company’s success.

No Success Contribution

Employees want to know that their work affects the company. The bad news is, team members are just compensated for their performance, and not how they contribute to the organization’s overall success. It can be disappointing to know that they are just part of the process and not the result.

It always makes sense to give employees a share of the profit or reward them for their contribution. This will help make them feel like they are truly an important part of the organization, rather than just replaceable staff members. Profit shares, if feasible, will strengthen relationship with employees.

No Promotion Within

When employers do not promote from within, employees may feel the need to leave their jobs to advance at another company. If you have a new management position, you don’t always have to hire outside. It is always better to promote a top performer to save on time and resources spent on training someone new and unfamiliar with internal processes.

There are plenty of ways to inspire staff members. Brad Montgomery knows that employees need the right motivation to be happy and satisfied. As a trusted motivational speaker, he can inspire employees and help strengthen bonds within an organization. Contact Brad today and find out how he can inspire and motivate your employees.

It’s no secret that not all people who go to work arrive with a smile and chipper attitude. It could simply be a case of the Monday blues or they’re probably still reeling from the weekend. Whatever the case may be, when their motivation drops, you can be certain that it will compromise their productivity.

So how do you prevent the Monday blues and weekend hangover from getting to your employees? The solution is actually quite simple, and all you really need to do is make work a bit more fun.

Operation Fun: It’s More than Just Games

When we say ‘fun’, we don’t just mean hosting a bunch of games in the workplace. Of course, that’s an option, but we don’t want to distract them from work too much. They’re still coming in to their job, after all, but the work itself should be something that they’re looking forward to.Mosaic.2013.96

It may be simple and almost trivial, but one simple way to make working in the office a bit more fun is to give your employees freedom to customize their workspace. Their cubicles and tables are their own personal spaces, and allowing them to add a touch of their personality goes a long way to improving their overall mood.

Bring the Holidays to Work

Not everyone can go home during the holidays, and for some, this can be a big demotivator as everyone would want to spend time with their families and loved ones during the holidays. A simple solution: bring the holiday celebration to the workplace. Whether it’s Halloween, Mardi Gras, or Christmas, a little celebration and holiday cheer in the workplace goes a long way to make work a bit more fun.

Celebration Goes a Long Way

Employees can get seriously demotivated if they don’t feel they get the proper recognition that they know they deserve. Even if it’s a simple recommendation from the client, don’t be sparse in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of your employees.

Try and set a time, perhaps after work hours during the end of the week to do a roll call of all the achievements and successes your employees have made for the week. Apart from giving your employees the recognition they deserve, it’s a fun way to celebrate each person’s successes and motivate them to do better.

My name is Brad Montgomery and I know how difficult it is to interject a bit of fun and excitement in the workplace. Apart from these suggestions, a motivational talk from yours truly is tried and tested way to motivate and add a bit of fun to your employees’ daily work lives. Contact us today to learn more about my motivational talks.

As an organization that trumpets positive thinking, we want to look at how optimism affects human nature, suffering and adversary. The power of happiness is universally recognized. You can see it lettered in the subway, in motivational posters, in pop songs and in books, in conferences and symposiums. It’s infectious and it’s effective.

But why? Think back to the last time you experienced a loss or went through a hardship. Did you respond by venting? Did you dwell on the disappointment? Or did you look for meaning through the adversity? Did you bounce back?

Freud Wasn’t Always Right

Freud stipulated that people simply needed to express their anxiety and anger. For many years, psychologists followed this line of thinking. But new research says otherwise. Positive emotion does a better job at undoing a stressful negative experience, thereby leading to happiness and positivity. It’s more than positive thinking; it’s resilience.Distech.whatMakesHappyA positive outlook in the face of hardships is the most important predictor of resilience. It helps people quickly recover from difficult circumstances and bounce back. People who are resilient are more optimistic and are better able to regulate their emotions through the most trying times.

The Importance of Optimism

To illustrate, consider how a study examined 750 Vietnam war veterans. These brave men were held prisoners for six to eight years, tortured and kept in solitary confinement. The study found that unlike other veterans, they did not develop posttraumatic stress disorder or depression. They were resilient, optimistic, and altruistic. They derived meaning from trauma and grew wiser about it.

Although this situation is not likely to occur in our target niche, we are simply stressing how important optimism is in whatever circumstances we are facing in life. Whether it’s a challenging time for your market or a difficulty in the workplace, finding the silver lining is the first step to finding the light.

Let us show you how to find the light and how to keep it. Contact us today.