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As a motivational speaker I speak before hundreds or thousands Employee Engagement Statistics-resized-600of people every month. I love my job and feel very lucky to be part of that much laughter.

One of the best side effects of my job is that it is nearly impossible to tell other people to lighten up, be happy, and use levity and humor as a tool, and not have some of that spin back to me. For example, can you imagine telling thousands of people to lighten up and take themselves less seriously, and then yelling at the flight attendant? Neither can I, so I never do, and that’s part of what I love about my job.  I’m a professional Nice Guy!

Every now and then, I get a very special gift. I receive a letter from somebody in my audience. I suspect it is like the elementary school teacher who wonders if he or she makes any difference at all, and then some lanky 16 year old kid comes back to say thanks for inspiring him to read or to investigate fossils, or some other important nugget.

The elementary school teacher probably just melts in her shoes.  What a gift!  A simple thank you.

Such was the case when I got this amazing letter from someone who was part of a company I worked for in Texas.  This company was so unusual, sofunny motivational speakers purposeful in their pursuit of ways to make work fun and interesting.  Generally my job is to help companies or organizations see the importance of happiness and fun at work, and how that happiness can directly relate to better bottom line results.  But in this case I was preaching to the choir.  This was a company filled with people who already knew how to have fun at work.  They had it down!  It might sound trite or cliché but I learned as much from them as they learned from me. It was an honor.

Here’s the letter. It made me feel good and very happy to receive.

Hi Brad,

Im sure you get this all the time but from what I could tell of your personality Im sure it never gets old for you so….

I just wanted to say Thank You for coming to talk to us and let you know how much not only I, but our entire company, enjoyed your presentation.  I can walk down the hallway and still hear people talking about it and laughing.  You have given us a sense of rejuvenation by showing us how to accept happiness in our work and it has already started to translate into a healthier environment.  You have been given a gift, and I wish the very best for you in your business and life endeavors, because I know now how much joy you can bring to peoples’ lives.  Take care and I hope we meet again sometime down the road.  If nothing else, at least you have over a hundred new friends that can help you if you ever need an AC Drive–HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)

Johnnie S.
Last name and company withheld.
Dallas, Texas

Johnnie, you absolutely made my day. Thanks for taking time out of your life to lift other people up – in this case me.

And that’s my point:  Johnnie is a good role model. Who can you compliment or thank today that will make them feel as good as Johnnie made me feel?  Thankfulness is a powerful tool and an awesome motivator.  It works on both the giver and the receiver.

So share some thankfulness and motivation today.  Start what I call a Joy Loop, and get back as much good feelings as you give.  It worked for me!

If you or your organization needs a boost and a reminder about the power of happiness at work, or is looking for a funny motivational speaker who can both motivate and entertain. I hope you’ll give us a call.

Here’s a short video clip of the flash mob we did with Johnnie and his organization there in Texas. Can you believe we did a flash mob for a corporate outing? Look at their faces and tell me you don’t want that for your group. :-)

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

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Texas Speaker, Totally Flattered Dude!

If I were booking a health care motivational speaker, I’d want to know if they can actually do what they say.  Wouldn’t you?

I’m just back from Tyler, Texas where I was charged with being a motivational speaker for Trinity Mother Francis Hospital and their leadership team;  Directors, Managers, & C-Level Administrators.  It was an amazing off site event.  We laughed, we cried, — ok, we didn’t really cry — and best of all, we learned.

Part of my job was to motivate these leaders to go back and in turn motivate their teams to excel at customer service.  This hospital is amazing, but recently had a key score regarding customer service drop a tiny bit.  They of course wanted to get those numbers back up…. and this is where I came in.

Check out the video here:

Thanks Tyler!   You rock Mary Mother Francis!

Are you looking for a health care speaker? A customer service speaker? Contact me here.

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Ok, for those of you who prefer to read, here’s the transcript of the health care speaker testimonial video.

Hi, I’m Tricia Cline with Trinity Mother Francis Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas.  We had an event today; we were looking for the right speaker to deliver the right message for the right inspiration for what we need for healthcare change.

We all know in healthcare everyday it’s a different world.  We’re stressing over what the changes are going to be and how we’re going to be still delivering great patient care.  Brad Montgomery is your man.

He is the one who can bring it together for you with fun, laughter and interaction of your staff.  So if you’re looking for the right message, the right person, the right man, he is your deliverer.  Thanks.

Another thing I would like to add about Brad Montgomery:  we had major concerns about how we were going to deliver the message, how we’re going to feel it in our heart, and Brad brought us together as a group and as a team.  That as a team, and as a group, and as a family of healthcare providers, we can deliver the very best to our patients, our customers, their family members and then to our group and our society here in Tyler, Texas.  And he can do the very same thing to deliver that message for you wherever you are.

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

Meeting Planners Have a Lot at Risk and Speakers Need to Understand It

I recently was a motivational speaker for a audience of 500 Foster Case Workers in Austin, Texas and my client came up to me afterwards and told me that one of his many jobs was to manage risk and now that the program was over he was able to be honest with me.  I started to get a little lump in my throat, but happily, this is when my client put on a huge smile and told me “Brad, it went great!”, so I was happy and I was relived but this is where the lesson started.

My client told me what I already know but is an excellent reminder for me and anybody who is either booking a motivational speaker or plans to be a motivational speaker.  He told me how important this event was to him.  He told me that he was bringing in 500 people away from their jobs for a 2 ½ hour event plus their travel time, so for many of them, this was going to be most of their day and that the opportunity cost was outrageously expensive.  He also told me that he was already thinking ahead towards next year’s event and that he worked hard to fill that room with 500 people who were very busy already and if this event was a turkey, he would have a next to impossible time getting equal numbers, much less greater numbers, next year.

So, what’s the point?  The point is that as meeting planners and as speakers and as general members of the meeting and convention industry, we need to understand that when we’re negotiating motivational speaker’s fees, it’s more than the money.

Pick a speaker that will guarantee a return on your investment

My client invested quite a bit of money in me.  He’s brought me in for one event and we’re duplicating the event next week in a different city in Texas.  So, his investment is pretty great, but he is looking at the big picture.  He sees that his investment in the speaker really is just a tiny piece in the puzzle and that when you add it up to all of the other things he needs to accomplish, he’s putting way more on the line.  He is risking way more on the line than just the investment in his professional speaking.  By the way, his attitude reflected this.  Some of my clients are freaking out about expenses and this and that and technology this or whatever, not this man.  He understood those tiny investments were absolute drops in the bucket.

So, next time you are looking to hire a motivational speaker and are interested about how to save money on speaker’s fees, I want you to remember all of the other things you’re investing into your meeting or conference.  It’s a huge opportunity cost for all of your people, huge meal cost for all of your people (in this case, my client bought a fancy lunch at the Austin Texas Omni Hotel, lunch for 500 people, I have no idea what the bill is but it was huge) but also the opportunity cost and the investment of momentum.

Next time you’re thinking about booking a speaker I want you to think about how much it will cost you to get the next level down speaker and how much you would save and then compare that savings to the cost of not having an absolute perfect conference.  Speaker’s fees generally reflect the level of guarantee you can expect.

So, can you save my money by booking a cheaper speaker?  Yes.  Can sometimes entry level speakers do a great job?  Yes.  Have you invested enough in your particular convention or meeting that you cannot afford anything but the very best?  If that’s the case, give us a call.  If you’re interested in booking a motivational speaker who has a high level of guarantee of success…my programs are fully guaranteed…I hope you’ll contact me here.

~Brad Montgomery~
Motivational Speaker, Texas Speaker, Guaranteed Professional Speaker

Brad recently spoke with the leadership team of a large hospital in Tyler, Texas.   Mary Mother of Francis Hospital asked Brad to make them laugh— but more importantly — teach a seminar about how levity, lightheartedness and even humor can have a positive impact on health care and on leadership.

Check out this testimonial video from Brad’s meeting planner:

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

Thanks!
Brad Montgomery
Health Care Speaker, Funny Guy, Fan of Tyler Texas

Prefer to see the Testimonials on YouTube?
Health Care Speaker video testimonial
Health Care Speaker from the University of Texas Health System
Another Health Care Speaker video testimonial from the University of Texas Health System
Texas Health Care Speaker Testimonial from Mary Mother of Francis Hospital

South Carolina Rural Health Care Association Video Testimonial
One more Testimonial From the Rural Health Care Association
Brad spoke recently to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  See the video of Brad as a Hospice Health care speaker here.
YouTube Testimonial from Kaiser Permanente Palliative Care
Hospice Speaker testimonial from Haven Hospice in Florida
Hospice and Health Care speaker for Kaiser Blog

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I just got back from Texas where I was the motivational speaker for a group of social workers for the Child Protection Services.  These are the good people who look out for kids who need it most:  kids in physical danger.  They oversee way too many cases of abused and neglected kids, and do their best to get them into safe situations.

This group was especially fun for me because right now I’m a foster parent.  I’m one of the families these people — ok, actually their peers in Colorado — work with on a day to day basis.

Check out this video I made about them:

My familiarity — in such an intimate way — with foster care made this event special for two reasons.  First, the audience knew I wasn’t bluffing when I said, “I understand.”   Audiences crave authenticity in their motivational speakers, and because I have two foster kids myself, it was easy for me to be direct and honest.   Second, because of my familiarity with “The System” it made for some REALLY funny jokes.  I could joke in VERY specific ways about their jobs, their stresses, and their joys.

Thanks Texas Foster Care System (Children and Family Services!)  It was my absolute pleasure.

Mobile Post: Posted on-the-go by Brad Montgomery from his iPhone.

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For those who prefer to read, here is a transcript of the video:

This is Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com.  What a really cool afternoon we had.  So I’m still in Texas, but today we worked for Child Protective Service of Texas.

This is a government agency entrusted with dealing with kids who need help, kiddos in foster care and protecting kids who are in danger. I love doing this for a million reasons, but one of the things I love most is, some of you might know, I’m a foster dad right now.  We’ve got two little foster girls and it’s a lot of work.

One of the things we’ve learned is the social workers involved, the peers of the people I just spoke with, are really, really hardworking people working in a system that doesn’t get enough support, is under-funded, is under-trained, and if it wasn’t for these people, these kids would be suffering.  So it was my delight, I was totally flattered to deliver not just a motivational speech, which we did, and not just an inspirational speech, which we did, but also a message of appreciation because these social workers work hard and rarely get a thank you.  So we made them laugh and we made them laugh hard and we did all the things we were supposed to do as a motivational speaker, but the best part for me was as a foster dad, is to be able to look them in the eye and say it and mean it; thanks for all you do for foster children as Child Protection Service social workers.

So we were in Wichita Falls, Texas for about 160 people, absolute total blast.  Folks, keep up the good work, you’re doing amazing things.  It’s a pleasure to be your motivational speaker, and keep your eyes out for those kiddos; they need your help and you’re making a difference.  Thanks!

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texasNeed a funny motivational speaker for your Texas Conference?  Just Book Brad.   He’s a proven speaker who has worked all around the state, and will absolutely rock your audience.

“Brad’s speech was everything we could have asked for and more. His blend of straight forward comedy with a valuable and useful message was second to none.”

– Texas Education Agency

IBM Austin, TX
University of Texas — Austin
University of Texas —“ Tyler
University of Texas — San Antoniotexas longhorn
University of Texas —“ Pan Am
University of Texas — El Paso
Trinity University – San Antonio
Houston Speakers Association  (Twice!)
Heart of Texas Speakers Association
Texas Education Agency – San Antonio

“Awesome Brad… we’ll have you back”
– First American Title (Booked Brad back to Texas four times in one year… and counting.)

First American Title —Houston
First American Title—“ Austin
First American Title —“ San AntonioAMOCO
Dallas Building Managers Association
Deer Creek Elementary School — Teachers In-Service
Amoco Employees Credit Union  — Houston

Texas’ Premier Motivational Speaker

Brad has earned his CSP…Certified Speaking Professional, the National Speakers Association’s highest earned award. (Fewer than 7% of all speakers world wide have earned this designation.)

Does it cost more to Book Brad to speak to your Texas Conference?

Nope. With travel the way it is now, Texas is one of the easiest states (and oddly, cheapest states) for Brad to work in and travel to. He always books a “back-up flight” (which means that you’ll never have to worry about Brad being there. Brad has worked across the country and over seas and has NEVER missed a date due to travel.

And of course because Texas is a tourist destination, the rates and fares could not be lower. Time and time again it is more expensive for Brad to travel to states much closer than Texas and pay more than three times as much for travel. Need a Texas Motivational Speaker? … Just Book Brad.

Ask us if your program qualifies you for a Texas discount. Not all programs do, but… who knows? And, as Brad’s Granny says, “The answer is ALWAYS ‘no’ if you don’t ask!”

trinityBrad has roots in Texas.

He went to college for two years in San Antonio (before transferring to Brown University in Rhode Island.)  He loves that town — and has a deep love of Taco Cabana.  (Silly but true.)

Brad often will try to bring his family to work with him in Texas… ’cause it’s fun! (Especially when Brad is working in one of the Texas resorts. Who wants to bring the kids to Boise when you can do the Hill Country outside of Austin!?) Of course Brad never charges his clients for his family. If Brad is able to work some family time around your conference discounts might apply, but more often than not clients can “trade” a part of Brad’s fee for extra nights in the hotel resort, etc. This money-saving technique doesn’t always work, but for many clients it has been a great deal.

Looking for a laugh-out-loud-funny Texas Speaker? Contact me here.

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A video about Brad as a Texas Speaker
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