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Running an informational event is an effective way to draw businesspeople to your organization. This opens a lot of opportunities both for you and your company as you gain the chance to expand networks to people who have similar mindset and business goals as yours.

Competent organizers assure that your event runs smoothly. But, if you’re a startup, it’s quite illogical to hire a professional event planner, budget or capacity-wise. This leaves the task of ensuring the success of the event to you and your team; that’s why it’s important to know the important elements.

Proper Preparation

Time is an essential factor in planning events. Start making drafts and outlines ahead of time. Cramming is stressful and makes you more prone to committing mistakes. Make a schedule of the whole plan and try to stick to it as much as possible. It also pays to make plan B’s in case things get out of hand.Motivational-audience

Effective Advertisement

Part of proper preparation is giving enough time to market your event and invite people. You can’t just notify people days before the event. Most businessmen are busy with their own matters, which is why you need to give enough time for them to adjust their schedules. Social media is a powerful weapon in marketing so maximize its function and advantages.

Food and Beverage

Aside from the information you’ll share, guests are more likely to expect good food and drinks. Plan how many guests you’re expecting and allot a few extras to avoid having a shortage in supplies. Providing the right food and beverage that satisfies your guests makes it easier to discuss business right after.

Quality Knowledge

Most importantly, you should present your guests with value. Make sure they’ll get what they came or paid for. This can have an impact in your future events, as more people may attend next time if they know that you provide quality knowledge. If you’ll ask for a high ticket price, make sure you’ll deliver.

It’s never easy to organize big events. But, here at Brad Montgomery Productions, Inc., we’ll provide you more than just motivational speeches and presentations. We’ll partner up with you to make sure you map out a successful event plan and make it happen. With us, you’ll hire the right motivational speaker that’ll set the tone and pump up your guests throughout the event. Call us today and get a free consultation.

Motivation is what keeps you going. If you lack it, you’ll end up hanging and struggling to move forward. Hiring a motivational speaker is one of the best ways to unleash the leader in you. Keep in mind, however, that even the most trusted speakers like Brad Montgomery believe that motivation starts with the listeners.

The speaker’s role is to share tips and experiences to inspire. It’s your responsibility to motivate yourself after. Here is a list to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and the things that keep you from motivating yourself.Distech.whatMakesHappy

Fear of Losing or Failing

Fear keeps you from doing things that may benefit your business and your team. You’re afraid to take risks, to fail, or to lose. Don’t let your fear become a hindrance to success. Brad Montgomery can help you discover ways to overcome fear and stay on track.

Lack of Self Confidence

With fear comes anxiety and low self-esteem. You can’t make good decisions when you’re afraid of the possible outcome. Every motivational speaker suggests that you believe in yourself and your team. Remember that you’re a leader, so act like one. Your people will be inspired if you show them how confident you are.

Pride

Be confident, but not too confident. You can’t get better if you think you’re the best. Always recognize your weaknesses and find ways to turn them into strengths. The aspiration to learn more and get better will keep you going.

Inability to Set Goals Properly

Goals, combined with patience and hard work, will guide you towards success. Identify all your business objectives and always remind yourself how important they are. This is a good form of motivation.

Brad Montgomery provides educational, inspirational, and engaging presentations. He can customize an event to suit you and your people’s needs. Call 303-691-0726 today to book an appointment with the National Speakers Association’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Famer.

Making employees work longer is never a viable solution for improving productivity. With this kind of strategy, any management is risking unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Companies are always looking to increase their bottom line from the ground up. They key is to get people working in harmony at maximum efficiency. But, how do you do that?

Hire Wisely

There are people whose true calling is to work, while some are content doing bare minimum for a day. A great recruitment process will enable you to identify the former, the ones you want to hire. With a scheme like this, you can steer clear of the coasters. It doesn’t always have to be a workaholic: someone with a positive attitude is always a welcome addition to any team.

Employee Rewards

It’s no secret that financial dividends motivate employees to maintain their current run of form. It also helps them to stay in the same organization for a long time. Any company would like to retain their most skilled workers, and with rewards, you are one step closer in attaining their loyalty.SDA 2014 Conference 1

Adopt Remote Working

Taking a break doesn’t always have to be on the beach or somewhere far away. Sometimes, an employee just needs a change of scenery. Maybe it’s because he or she is in a rut or the current office environment is too toxic. It’s good to let them work at a remote location. Whether it’s their home, a coffee shop or a quaint restaurant, let them get back on their groove on their own terms.

Better IT Support

It can be frustrating working on a computer that doesn’t have enough power and capabilities. Employees are stuck running only two programs at once. More often than not, it gets stuck. Getting competent IT professionals and top-of-the-line PCs or laptops will cut downtime and increase productivity.

Encourage Teamwork

Having one brilliant employee is fine, but a team is better. Collective effort will solve problems faster. Put the brilliant employee and let that person distribute helpful knowledge that could help everyone.

You can also rely on Brad Montgomery to motivate your personnel. He takes pride in speaking to the heart of the matter, in terms of greater business productivity, leadership and goals, but also directly to the people involved in making the products, fulfilling the orders, managing the office and getting business done.

For more useful motivational tips, turn to Brad Montgomery. Get in touch with the top professional keynote speaker today to learn about different ways of enhancing every level of your company.

Certain factors exist in organizations that determine the level of motivation a workforce has. The good news for managers is that they can influence these in a positive way. This usually begins and ends with the style of leadership.

Culture

The first question that needs a definite answer is: “Is your organization a great place to work in?” The answer will depend on the management and the way people treat each other within all levels of a company.change speaker

If managers treat their subordinates disrespectfully, they will also do the same for those below them. This will create a cycle of disrespect across the organization, which will hurt morale and performance. It may also cause talented employees to leave for a competitor.

Culture is important for the survival and growth of any organization. Set core values and adhere to them to attract talent and increase the possibility of retaining them for a long time.

Leadership Style

The managers you place in various departments determine how your workforce will feel about your organization and how motivated they will be to perform. The leaders will influence the psychological climate of your office, which will either have a positive or negative impact.

The ideal management style depends on the objectives of your company, the workforce, and certain external factors. For some organizations, there is a clear-cut authoritative voice that dictates the actions and direction of a company. For others, a collaborative management that values the skills and knowledge of its workforce works better.

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Nature of Work

Some types of jobs are inherently motivational, requiring the workforce to stimulate their creative juices and maintain high energy levels. But, many aspects of certain jobs require standardization and routines to do the tasks efficiently and cost-effectively. Managers must find ways to make things more structured to match the nature of the employee they hire.

The leaders you assign in different areas of your business may mean the difference between keeping talent or pushing them to leave for your competitors.

Brad Montgomery Motivational Speaker

Brad Montgomery accepts motivational speaking engagements for companies that want to build a strong organization with highly motivated employees. Brad customizes the message he delivers based on your industry, setting and current events. He integrates life lessons and examples that act as guides for attendees, remind them that their work is meaningful.

Contact Brad to learn more about him and the services he offers.

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In 1905, a huge factory complex called Hawthorne Works was built along the outskirts of Chicago for more than 40,000 workers. Motivating employees then was a big challenge, so in 1924, the company commissioned a study to see whether changing the light levels inside the factory would affect worker productivity.

When they increased the level of light, productivity skyrocketed.

They also found, however, that worker productivity increased when the level of light was decreased. What’s going on?

The Hawthorne Effect

It turns out that it’s not the amount of light that motivates employees to work — it’s the awareness that they are being watched and that the management is interested in their welfare that motivates them.IMG_3355

Start paying attention to your people today, because the mere act of showing them that you’re concerned about them, their job, and their welfare will most likely spur them to display better job performance. Workers are more motivated by emotional than economic factors — or by being involved and feeling important, rather than by improving their workplace conditions.

That’s the Hawthorne Effect.

Applying the Hawthorne Effect

Let’s say you’ve taken a group of employees and gave them specialized training and seminars. Without saying a word, you just gave these employees the feeling that they are so valuable to the company that you’re willing to spend time and money to develop their skills. They feel that they are on the ladder to the top, and that motivates them to work harder and better. That’s the Hawthorne Effect at work.

Employees Become Happier, More Confident

The researchers of the Hawthorne Studies reinforced the power of the social setting and peer group dynamics later in the research.

The employees formed a social group that also included an observer. They talked and shared jokes, and started meeting socially outside of work. When the group was singled out from the rest of the employees, it raised their self-esteem. They felt happier at work and felt like part of the team, and the employer secured their cooperation and loyalty.

Put the Hawthorne effect to use by providing your team with a series of training and seminars. While you’re at it, look for a speaker that’s doesn’t present a canned program, but rather a custom one that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats.

I’m Brad Montgomery — an author, a blogger, a business owner — and I have a message that you and your employees would all love to hear. I hope to hear from you soon!

Often, minimal expectations result in maximum happiness.

I almost ruined my family vacation;  but it ended up being one of the best experiences we’ve had as a family. And I think I know why.

Let’s start at the beginning: I suck at advance planning. Ok, maybe I don’t suck at planning.  I suck at putting time aside to plan for vacations.

Leading up to summer vacation things had been hectic and chaotic … even the day before the vacation we had no idea what we were going to do.  No tickets.  No plans.  No nothing.  The day before we were to leave we were clueless.

Let me be clear:  At about 11 PM the night before we were to leave — theoretically —  we had exactly zero concrete plans for our vacation.  What we did have is a couple of stressed out parents.  “I’ve ruined the vacation before it started,” I thought.

My wife was hacked off at me, as she’d been trying to pin me down on vacation plans for several months.  But I was really busy with work, and on the road, and kept putting her off.  I’m sure I had a couple of dozen excuses, though they escape me just now.  ”I’m an idiot” I thought.Expectations-happiness

To my credit, I didn’t start planning at 11…don’t be silly.  I started in earnest about 5pm.

Ok, let’s think this out.  Clearly, without airline tickets it was going to be a driving vacation.  But where? Yellowstone is cool — let’s go there!

After just a dozen calls and a few web searches, it was becoming clear that we were never going to find a hotel anywhere near Yellowstone — or any other popular destination — because we were so late in planning.  Everything was booked.  It’s summer vacation.  Normal people plan ahead.   Check that:  everybody plans ahead.  Except for me.

To make things worse, this was the week before July 4th… Vacation spots were booked up months ago.  On the bright side, only a couple of hotel people I talked to that evening laughed at me.  Only one of them was downright mean.

Oh!  I have an idea!  Around midnight, I decided to check out renting a motorhome:  if we’re gonna drive, let’s make it fun!  If we are driving a hotel, we don’t need to book one.  Right?

At about 2am, unbelievably, I was able to reserve our very own motorhome for the next morning. (I didn’t learn until the next day just how lucky we were. Apparently getting a motor home literally last minute for the week before July 4 is a little bit like winning the lottery, except that it requires a large down payment and a valid drivers license.  I was told the next day by the rental agent that many of the other customers had booked their motor homes over 1 year in advance. I got ours about 7 hours in advance.)

Sometime after securing the motor home rental, I started looking into where to drive it. Again, the really cool spots like Yellowstone were clearly going to be an issue. Camping spaces and camping areas in the popular places like National Parks were totally gone. Apparently the camping people are as organized as that hotel people.

So yet again, we had no plans for the vacation that we had already begun.  Yeah, we had a motor home.  But unless we were willing to park it in WalMart parking lots around the nation, I still had a pretty huge problem.

Ok, we can’t go where everybody else wants to go.  Where are people NOT going?  So instead of looking west (Rocky Mountains, National Parks, Yellowstone), we looked east.  And almost directly east was a giant state we knew little about.  So we decided to drive to Nebraska. Yeah, Nebraska. (I’m not knocking any of you who live in Nebraska but come on! Even Nebraskans don’t vacation in Nebraska.)

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Yes. A Motorhome.

But here’s were things started to get good. Knowing little-to-nothing about Nebraska made it easy to have zero expectations for the trip. What is there to see or do in Nebraska?  Are there awesome state parks or camp sites or….what is in Nebraska anyway besides corn and cows?

We didn’t realize it at the time, but having no idea about where we were headed, what it would be like, what we would do, and even why we were going to Nebraska, was either a disaster waiting to happen, or was a darn good recipe for a great vacation.

By noon the next day, we had packed our clothes into the motorhome, we were headed east towards Nebraska … we still had no plans:

  • Where are we going to stay?
  • What’s it like to camp in a motorhome? Can we do this?
  • Is Nebraska boring?

You may be surprised to find out that we had an incredible family vacation after all:

  • We tubed down a river …  An insect-ridden, snake-filled river criss-crossed with barbed wire and lined IMG_8197by dead trees with jagged branches waiting to impale the unwary.  The Dismal River (that’s its real name).  It was horrible… And we all loved every minute of it.  (Well, almost every minute of it.  Did I mention the snakes?)
  •  My daughter lost the keys to the motorhome in the Dismal River (see above) which caused a little bit of excitement. But it turns out that we got to spend some time in a teensy little town we liked, we learned a little bit about breaking into motorhomes, and found out that locksmiths in Nebraska are ridiculously kind and generous.  (Without the keys, we couldn’t drive anywhere, but hey!  We had our house with us!)
  • We went to a tractor pull—I never would’ve searched to a tractor pull, but we sorta found one by accident.  It was crazy. It was loud.  Really loud.  We didn’t understand it. I have no idea why it was fun. We loved that too.  (Ok, so my wife and daughters didn’t love it so much.  But my son and I thought it was really cool.)
  • We swam in a cool swimming hole lined with cottonwoods and wildflowers.
  • We saw Carhenge.  Google it.  Somebody made a model Stonehenge with old cars.  Very bizarre and very cool.
  • We drove through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, a beautiful area of rolling hills and cows, which was unusually bright green with grasses from all the recent rains.
  • We ran the side of the motor home into a tree in Scotts Bluff and met some really nice motor home IMG_8127repair guys who worked on it for at least an hour without charging us.  (We bought them beers.)
  • We shopped at the original Cabelas outdoors store in Sydney, NE.  It was huge with an even huger parking lot for all the motorhomes, campers and trailers.
  • We camped in the Nebraska National Forest, which is an actual forest, hand planted one hundred years ago in the Nebraska prairie and which is now home to numerous different species of trees and plant life, used for both research and recreation.  Who knew?
  • We saw Chimney Rock, a noted landmark for pioneers crossing the prairie in wagons along the Oregon, California and Mormon trails.

I think the reason our trip to Nebraska was such a good experience was because we were able to be in the now, because we had no expectations. We had nothing riding on the vacation; we had no hopes or anxieties, no fears, and no anticipations. And to be honest, we were at least a teensy bit grateful that we were able to get out of town at all.

Unlike the The Holidays, which are filled with expectations and hopes, memories from the past, and an unending stream of images in popular culture of how it’s supposed to be, we knew absolutely nothing about Nebraska.  Knowing nothing helped us really focus on just experiencing what was happening.

We were ready for a good time, so we found one!

One of the most overused clichés we hear all the time is “Live in the present.”   Yeah, it sounds nice.  IMG_8050But what does it really mean and how do you do it?   Here’s my take:  living in the past is distracting and unhelpful.  It’s filled with regrets and remorse, and it sometimes sets unreasonable expectations. Living in the future is also a recipe for failure, and tends to fill us with anxiety and sometimes fear. The only reasonable answer is living in the current moment..   And what our trip to Nebraska taught me was that living in the moment is easier when you have as few expectations as possible.

What does this mean for you?   All of us want to be happier. We want to be more satisfied and content. One way to do this is just to try to open ourselves up for whatever happens.  If we can just allow ourselves to go with it and abandon any expectations – good or bad – our chances of successfully enjoying ourselves go up exponentially.  So let it go.

How is this day gonna go?   That meeting you are geared up for?  The interaction you are a little nervous about?   Who knows?  Let it go…. Enjoy the fact that you don’t know;  it makes you better.

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Putting pennies on the train tracks in Nebraska.

Looking for a Nebraska motivational speaker?  Or just a speaker who really likes tractor pulls and small-town-diner-pie?  Brad Montgomery is a funny motivational speaker — who only sometimes is found driving around rural America.  Contact us here.

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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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This post is easy.

Gratitude works.  It makes your life (and your job) better.

Ok…it’s not that easy, because many of my business clients dismiss gratitude because it seems too fluffy.  (See also Unicorns, Rainbows and Lollypops.)  I sense that because this tactic has been adopted by everybody from Oprah to the self-help-guru with the long beard (Ok, I made that one up, but you KNOW there are a few!), that it can’t be for them.

Just give in.  It works.  It’s been proven by Harvard.  Stanford.  Oxford.  You can deny and blow it off all you want, but this stuff is a  proven tactic for improving your quality of life … and your bottom line.

So what does this mean for you?  It means start having and noticing things, moments and people for which you are grateful right now.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/qgJRV5ImZG0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Here are the instructions.  Easy Peasy.

1.  Notice 3 to 5 things every day for which you are grateful. All you have to do is quietly label them to yourself. E.g. “I’m really glad we are nearly done with the Acme project.”

2.  Remember that the degree of gratitude doesn’t matter for the brain science to work.  in other words, being grateful that there was a short line at Starbucks works just as well as being grateful for your good health. So go ahead and get petty… It still works. E.g., “I’m grateful that I get to go home at 5 PM and not 6 PM.”

3.  Do it regularly.   The pay off is very fast… It makes you scientifically happier starting TODAY.  But for even greater success make this a habit and notice the change in three or five days.

4. Give in. I know many of you think this technique is to light and fluffy to be relevant for you. But do you really want to deny the studies carried out by Ivy League PhD’s? Of course you don’t. Just get on the bandwagon and do it.

That’s it!   It is so ridiculously easy that this proven happiness technique seems to lightweight to be useful. But it’s easy. It’s something you can start immediately and quietly this instant. And best of all, for some skeptics like me, it’s backs in credible science from multiple sources.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1463770499425-fda2f362-6f1c-4″ include=”5983,5982,5981,5984″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s what we know about the meetings industry and adult learning:  people cannot sit still for even 45 minutes and learn all of the way through. Our minds wander. It just doesn’t work. This is in my opinion, this is a scientific fact.

Furthermore, we know from industry studies and surveys that attendees at conventions and meetings crave interactivity, interaction, and networking. They crave community.

Yet ironically, live meetings frequently feature 90 minute presentations. To our presentations. And longer. And to make it worse, a huge percentage of these meetings prefer not to have interactivity.

I have heard this extremely frequently from prospective clients; “Our people want to sit and listen. They don’t like interactivity. They are serious and quiet people and don’t want to be involved.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”3″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1463768104710-872054a5-64fe-4″ include=”6195,6194,6193,6192″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Get it!?  There is a huge disparity between what we know works and what many old school meeting planners want.  The attendees are craving a connection to community. And furthermore when they are at a session where they want to learn, the teaching format is contrary to what we know works.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/sK8vUTCvdxw”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well Goodie.  I’ve Got Good News.

I’ve been an interactive speaker well before it was fashionable. I get people up and moving, talking to each other, laughing, interacting, and meeting new folks at the convention. And I’m telling you… I’ve been doing it for years.

But there is an important detail; interactivity for its own sake is a waste. You really need interactivity AND a facilitated conversation about why that interactivity relates to their goals for the conference. We don’t want people to just play and laugh. We want them to learn – and that learning works best when they are playing and laughing.

For example, something I’ve been doing lately is fairly new. I get the entire audience to create an origami flower. It only takes a couple of minutes, and the audience loves it. They love the fact that they aren’t being lectured to. They love the fact that they are using their hands. They love the fact that they are being creative. And they love the fact that this is a small break in the learning format which helps keep them engaged.

What my meeting planners love is that the interactivity is just the start of a conversation. We talk about why we stopped to make flowers. Why we spent three or four minutes doing something that appears to be off-topic. But then we connect the interactivity to creativity, innovation, and even leadership.

As I motivational speaker I love it because little sections like this keep the learning on high, the fun on very high, and they help me to make my points.

If you are looking for a speaker who cannot only hold and engage an audience, but who can literally get them involved, then I hope you’ll give us a call. We will talk about developing a presentation that includes plenty of interactivity, tons of engagement, and maybe even a paper flower.

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Brad Montgomery is a funny motivational speaker who is known for being exceptionally engaging.  If you believe, as Brad does, that your people learn best when they are fully engaged – and maybe even laughing – then we should talk about how we will customize a presentation for your meeting and event. Give us a call! 303.691.0726[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]