Motivational Speakers

Brad Talks Fun and Customer Experience to Employees at Enterprise Bank in MA

Brad had a blast working with employees at Enterprise Bank in MA recently. Here are video testimonials from employees about what his message meant to them.

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

Yours,
Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Fan of Enterprise Bank

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

Speaker:  It turned out to be great.  Employees loved it.  I suggest you look him up and take him up on speaking at your next event.  Thank you.

Brad with audience:  What?  What?  Did I miss something?  What did I miss?      So here’s the deal.  We’re going to talk today about connecting fun and levity with excellence and what I love about you is you already get that.  Enterprise, you guys are experts at this.  You know, fun place to work, whatever.

Jamie:  Hi, I’m Jamie Gabriel.  I work for Enterprise Bank.  I’m the Senior Human Resources Manager and I just had the pleasure of working with Brad Montgomery on a all-employee meeting session.  Brad was lively and engaging and of course, as you would have expected, humorous.  His presentation was filled with excellent stories that people could take back and apply within their own life and he also brought in some of our own business challenges that we wanted to consider and he had some humor to those as well.

Next speaker:  Well, we have two sessions that Brad’s speaking at.  The morning session’s already happened, got a lot of great feedback.  People loved it, lots of laughs and we’re looking forward to his afternoon performance.

Jamie:  We had two sessions, one in the morning and Brad’s presentation was all the buzz throughout the course of the day.  So employees loved it, they felt energized and they left feeling like they could make a difference and be humorous in their own work environments.

Brad with audience:  What if I gave you a couple of specific ways to stay happy, to remind yourself to stay happy?  Would that be helpful?  Of course it would because we spend so much of our time at work. 

Fun at work makes us better at work

Doesn’t it make sense to invest some energy, some calories into making sure that time at work is fun?  And the science backs us up.  We know this.  We know that if we’re better, or we’re having fun at work, we’re better at work.  We’re healthier, right?  Wellness?  We saw that.  We’re healthier, we’re better, we’re more resilient.  We’re everything we need to be.  Customer experience is easier.  I just dropped that customer experience in there because it’s in my contract, so.

Next speaker:  Brad really had them laughing and his message hit home for our employees.

Next speaker:  Yes, actually, I would say Brad’s experience as a certified speaking professional, you can tell that he’s taken the time to get to know the company and you don’t always get that with other speakers.  So I think this is probably one of the best ones we’ve had so far.

I love working with banks and I’d love to be on your team to bring a laugh-out-loud message of fun and your bottom-line. Call me, we’ll put together an unforgettable experience for your next meeting! Brad

Treat Your Motivational Speaker Well – It’s Worth The Investment

We now present the first in a series of articles about:

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.

Brad Montgomery,
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Well Worth Your Conference Dollars

 

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For you folks who prefer to read rather than watch, here’s a transcript of the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from Bradmontgomery.com with another idea or tip about working with your motivational keynote speaker. The main idea here is treat your speaker well so that they can deliver their very best when it counts.

So what do I mean? Your speaker is human. They have the same stress and the same problems as everyone else attending your convention or meeting. The difference between your speaker and everyone else though is that you are counting on, you are banking on your speaker being at their absolute pinnacle peak performance best for that time slot that you’ve booked them for, right? You want them to be at their absolute best. So my question is what can you do to make sure you’re speaker is at their physical and mental best at that time slot? At, you know, 10 AM or whatever you got.

Want to get the most out of your keynote speaker? It’s the little things that count!

So here’s some ideas for you. One of them is to make sure their travel’s easier. Don’t skimp on some of the little stuff. It’s not crucial, but it makes a difference. Little things like not worrying about the car services for example are great. Taxis are great. And asking your speaker to take the Super Shuttle is not worth it.

It gives your speaker a little bit of extra energy, putting your speaker in a little bit nicer room, making sure your speaker is well fed. These are tiny little things that when you add them together put your speaker at ease and at their physical best and put them in a great mood, and it kind of sounds like a prima donna thing doesn’t it? “Put them in a great mood.”

Well we’re not prima donna’s, I’d like to think I’m not a prima donna. But I’m like everybody else and I perform at my best when I’m well rested and I’m happy and I haven’t gone through a whole bunch of lousy travel.

So if you can help with little small things like that, it’s an easy way to get the most from your speaker. Just treat them really well. Let me give you another example of something you might want to do. That dinner that you invite us to is often terrific.

So for example, if I get into the convention venue the night before a morning event I like having dinner with you and the board. I like having dinner at the big awards thing. I’m very glad to be invited, and I often go, because it gives me some good jokes I can use at the next morning’s keynote.

But sometimes if we’re exhausted, the best answer we could possibly give you is, “No, I’m tired and I don’t want to go to the dinner,” and maybe a quiet night in the room with room service and a trip to the health club in the hotel would be a better way for me to be at my physical best, rather than going out and eating heavy food or whatever, you know what I mean?

Why is that important? Because you want the very best. So your speakers are not princes and princesses, but at the same time we all of course enjoy being treated well, but in this case I think it’s worth your investment. That tiny little marginal increase in your investment to make sure your speaker gets everything they need to be at their very best for that very focused amount of time where you want them to rock your audience.

All right, it’s Brad Montgomery, funnymotivationalspeakers.com and Bradmontgomery.com. I would love to be your speaker. I love to be at my very best for your audience to get you guys where you need to be. I hope you give us a call and tell us how we can get there together. Have a great day.

Change? Laugh or Cry; Your Choice.

It isn’t always this easy, but it is (nearly) always this simple.  When we as organizations or individuals deal with change there are two certainties.  First, it’s going to be something new.  Duh.  Second, it’s going to happen whether we want it to or not.

Got a new organizational structure?  Has has the shape, structure and content of your workforce changed?   Or your uncertain about exactly how YOU will fit in with all these changes?

I’ve got a couple of thoughts about it for you, but they both start with the concept that it’s time to stop complaining, stop worrying, and start doing something that can help you.  It’s time to start learning to laugh at change.

In my job as a motivational speaker I’m often asked to address the subject of change for my client’s audience.  And my theory can be summed up quickly:

“Change?  You might as well learn to laugh at it.  It’s one of the few choices you have.”  —   Brad Montgomery

There’s an age-old law of humor and comedy, which goes something like:

Tragedy + Time = Funny

And it doesn’t take much thought to realize it’s true.  That disaster family vacation in your teens?  Hilarious!   The time crazy Uncle Larry got his foot stuck in the chair and was howling in pain?   Ha ha ha!  The Thanksgiving dinner when the turkey was raw, the side dishes cold, and the in-laws psycho?   Ooh, my sides hurt from laughing.

They were all lousy times.   (Tragedy.)   They were all a long time ago.  (Time.)  But now they are funny.

My suggestion is that all of the lousy things you are dealing with now are probably going to be funny if you let enough time pass.   For some of you, that’s going to mean a LOT of time.

But my suggestion is simple:   if it’s going to be funny later, why not (at least try to) see the “funny” in it now.  See if you can shorten the “Time” variable in the equation from 20 years to 20 minutes.

Next time you are freaking out about something new at work, ask yourself if you’ll really care about this change in five years.  Now go one teensy little step further and ask yourself if you think this change might be funny in a month or a week or a decade.   If the answer is yes, you’re an idiot to dwell too hard on it.

It’s time to start laughing.   Now.

Yes, it’s a simple concept.  Which doesn’t mean it’s an easy concept.  That new software package you’re sorting through IS a pain in the neck.  The uncertainty of the merger IS a stress.  The recent layoffs (or rapid growth) are difficult.   But so what?  Are you really going to let these things ruin your day?  Your job?  Your life?

Again, if the answer is yes, you’re a fool.

As a change motivational speaker, I teach my audiences this wildly simple concept, and then give them some simple — but seriously effective — techniques and strategies that they can start to implement right away.

The best way to deliver these messages of levity, humor and hope?   Through generous doses of laughter.

If we make your group laugh — and laugh HARD — at some really funny and relevant discussions of change, they’ll listen.   And because it is so much fun, it will help it stick.  Making it funny helps with retention.

Looking for a change motivational speaker?   You’ve found him.   Contact us here and we’ll strategize the best way to get your folks laughing back their way to health.

Brad Montgomery
Change Motivational Speaker, Funny Guy, Humor Strategist