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Can your motivational speaker also inspire your audience?   YES – and you should expect that.  Read on to find out why…

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Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Seminar Leader, Inspirational AND Motivational

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

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from bradmontgomery.com with a quick video about the difference between inspirational speakers versus motivational speakers.

So what’s the big deal with that in, it seems like we confuse them or we see the words related. They’re not quite the same, what’s the big deal? Alright, here’s how I see it. I’m a motivational speaker who is inspirational. Go figure.

Motivational speakers, what does that mean? Here’s the deal on motivation. I think motivational speakers address this issue: so many people in our society know exactly what to do, but for whatever reason or reasons, they’re not doing it. So what’s the problem? I’m thinking it’s motivation.

So all we have to do is figure out a way to get them to do what they’re not doing, get them to do what they know how to do but for some reason are failing to do and we call it a success. So for example, if your people are completely well-trained in customer service, but they’re providing crappy customer service, what they don’t need is more training. What they do need is motivation. Aha! Pakow! Motivational speaker.

So in this case, this motivational speaker, what I do is I use humor and levity to remind them of the power of customer service. I remind them how humor and levity and bringing your sense of humor to customer service will help make customer service more fun and if it’s more fun, my argument would be they’re more motivated to provide that which they already know how to do which is excellent customer service.

For crying out loud, we’ve all been around long enough to know what good and bad customer service is. Doing it isn’t that hard if you know exactly how to do it and my guess is you have already trained your people how to do it. What they’re lacking is motivation. So at least with customer service, there’s an example of motivational speaker.

So what’s an inspirational speaker? Well, I think inspirational speakers are people who have done amazing things and inspire you to do a little bit more, a little bit better, a little bit harder, a little bit stronger, whatever. So often, these are people that have done crazy things like they’ve climbed Mount Everest, they’ve run incredible Fortune 500 companies, they’ve done amazing things, right? And then by seeing them and hearing their story, maybe they’ve had some tragic accident in the past, whatever. By seeing them and hearing their story we’re inspired and we end up thinking, wow, if they can do that, those amazing things given their difficulties and their challenges, certainly I can do a little bit more given all the advantages I am blessed with right now. So I’m inspired, right? That is an inspirational speaker.

Well, I tend to think that you need to do both. To me, a really excellent motivational speaker is somebody who is also inspirational and in my particular case, here’s how I do that. I haven’t lived through some tragic accident. I have not climbed Mount Everest. I have not done some amazing thing. But on the other hand, what I feel like I do is I share with my audience and audiences, my story and my stories and generally speaking, my stories are sort of like, I’m like you, I have a lot of things in common with you.

Here’s how I’ve approached it and thought about it and I hope you come with me and hopefully that is inspirational and inspiring in a way to make them think, well Brad seems just like me. He seems to have handled this. Maybe I can do it too, a little bit different but still on target and then for my taste, we sort of lost it if we don’t add that motivational piece. If you’re inspired but you’re not motivated to change your behavior, if you’re not motivated to create lasting change, if you’re not motivated to change what you’re doing from point A to get to point B, then inspiration is nice, but if it doesn’t create action, it’s a fail.

A Motivational Speaker Who Is Funny and Inspirational

Alright, does that help? I hope so. So generally, my marketing stuff calls me a funny, motivational speaker. Whatever. I could be called an inspirational motivational speaker, but hopefully by defining those terms, it’ll help you to feel like your speaker.

While you’re searching for speakers, I’d love to be your guy. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker who happens to be funny and inspirational, I’d like to be your guy. There’s a link here, you can check my preview video. I’m currently filming this from a coffee shop. I’m on the road, trying to answer some questions and I was thinking about this and I wanted to just knock out a video.

Alright, contact us through bradmontgomery.com or funnymotivationalspeakers.com. If you’re looking for a speaker, one of the things you ought to do is ask them, what’s your take on motivation? What’s your take on inspiration? Where do you fall in that? And if your speaker has any experience at all and if they’ve thought about it at all, they’re going to have a darn good answer for that question.

Alright, love to chat with you and answer those questions in person. I’d love to find a way to customize a speech or keynote that fits you and your needs and your organization’s needs, whether or not you need motivation or inspiration. Have a great day! Cheers!

Not Hiring a CSP? You are an Idiot!

Hire a Certified Speaking Professional to Guarantee Your Success

Okay, maybe not guarantee but definitely improve the likelihood of your meeting being awesome.

What is a CSP?  Certified Speaking Professionals have earned the highest designation awarded by the National Speakers Association.

To be a CSP is a big deal.  You’ve got to do way more than just fill out a form.  They pretty much examine your career, they look at the number of jobs you do per year to make sure that you’ve done a lot, they look at the amount of income that you have earned through speaking to make sure that you are working professional events, and then, here’s the killer, they call an alarming number of your clients to make sure that you were delivering excellence.  When I earned my CSP I was told that fewer than 7% of professional speakers worldwide have earned their CSP.

What is the point?  The point is is that when you’re hiring a motivational speaker you want the very best.  And one easy litmus test that you could put up is to see if your prospective speaker has met the qualifications for this very straightforward designation.  If they have, you know a lot about them.  You know they’ve done a lot of work, you know they have a lot of experience, you know they’ve worked at a certain fee level which guarantees that they are not just working at the Optimist Club and the Lion’s Club, which by the way is important.

Just because somebody says that they’ve given a lot of speeches doesn’t mean they’ve given a lot of speeches in front of business audiences or audiences like yours.  What else do you know?  You know that somebody, at least one person, has checked up on the speaker to make sure that they’re not complete fluff – that it’s not just marketing.  You know that this speaker has met a certain level of professional success.

Make sure your speaker has the title, CSP after their name!

Happily, I’ve earned my CSP.  I’m proud of this!  It took hours and hours of paperwork.  My office went nuts for about six months trying to get this done.  Plus, of course, it meant an absolute headache with arranging a database.  But it was worth it to me because it is worth it to my clients.

Next time you’re considering hiring a speaker make sure your speaker has the initials CSP after their name.

Are you looking for a professional motivational speaker who also is a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional?  I hope you will contact me here.

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Certified Speaking Professional, and proud of it!

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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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Colorado Speaker Brad Montgomery


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.

Brad Montgomery
Colorado Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Native Coloradoan

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How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #3 | Funny but Irrelevant

We now present the third in a series of videos called…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

For those of you who would rather read than watch, here is the transcript:

This is Brad Montgomery, of www.bradmontgomery.com with the third in a series of top mistakes people make when choosing or hiring a motivational or inspirational speaker.

One of the mistakes people make is that they’re thinking we really need an energy boost for our convention or our meeting, so we want it to be funny. Okay. That’s a good idea. But the mistake is they end up hiring somebody who is very funny but has no relevance to business or government or whatever your association is. They don’t connect their humor to what they are trying to achieve with their organization. Huge mistake.

So, here’s the deal. If you want someone to be really, really funny—like comedian style—like really funny and you want a completely solid business message—if you want the message to be completely relevant with what you and your organization are trying to achieve—it is possible. You just have to make sure you’re asking the right questions and make sure you book the speaker who can deliver both. Like me. I can do both. I’m very proud of that.

I don’t mind telling you I started out as a comedian. I didn’t use to be able to do both. And then I’ve authored a couple books and worked for a few hundred clients and I’ve interviewed all these people. And I get the concept of really delivering the meat but at the same time making sure that they’re laughing all the way through.

So, if you’re looking to book a funny, motivational speaker, that’s a great idea. Just make sure that they’re not just funny. Make sure that they also have a complete, concrete tie-in to whatever it is you’re trying to communicate to your people.

I’d love to be part of your team. You can contact us through the web site at www.bradmontgomery.com . Give us a call and tell us what you’re trying to accomplish with your meeting or convention, and we’ll do our best to see if we can’t help you get there. Have a great day.

How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #2 | Are they REALLY funny?

We now present the second in a series of videos of…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

For those of you who would rather read than watch, here is the transcript:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from Brad Montgomery.com, with the second in the series of top mistakes people make when booking or choosing a motivational speaker.

Alright, here’s the second mistake, is booking people who say they’re funny or people who say they’re humorous and they’re not. So I mean, it sort of cracks me up because you see it even on entry level speaker’s websites—their funny, humorous, hilarious stories. Well, I think we’ve both seen them and sometimes they’re not funny, they’re not humorous, and they’re not hilarious.

So, I think the word funny is a pretty clear word. If they’re funny, you ought to be laughing, you ought to be laughing out loud, and you ought to be laughing hard. The entire audience should be cranking right?

So I’m very proud of the fact that we do that, this is what I do. I do this all the time, but I hear people say we thought he was supposed to be funny and he said he was funny, but he wasn’t really funny.

Now, don’t get me wrong. If you’re booking a really high content speaker and you want the facts—seven steps to leadership—500 PowerPoint’s slides on management. Sometimes a little chuckle or a little chortle is a really nice break and it really can help that speaker be good. But if you’re looking for somebody who really can take your audience from 0-60 and can do it with busting guts laughter and really take the energy in that room and just shake it up, well then you want to make sure you’re checking their video. And I think more than that, more than that, you really want to check their references. Talk to their recent past clients—were they funny, how funny were they; were they laughing, were they funny? Don’t be fooled by the marketing stuff. Check the video, check the references.

Brad Montgomery, Brad Montgomery.com. Love to be part of your team. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker, I am funny. I got a good handle on that. I’d love to be helpful for you. Give us a call, tell us what you’re looking for and let’s see if we can’t be part of the solution. Thanks.

If you would like to hire Brad to speak for your organization, or want to hear more about this motivational speech, contact us here.

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How to Hire a Motivational Speaker #1 | Fooled by the Video

This is the first in a series of videos we put together about…

Top Mistakes Made When Hiring a Motivational Speaker.

Today we talk about speaker’s preview videos… a necessity but the source of some problems. Check out the video…

For those of you who aren’t interested in watching the video, here’s the transcript:

Hey, this is Brad Montgomery from Brad Montgomery.com with the first in the series of top mistakes you might be making in choosing your motivational speaker.

Alright, so one of the big mistakes that I see and I hear my clients talk about is being fooled by a really slick professionally edited video. Here’s the problem—we know this—video editing is cheap. Anybody who buys a Mac computer comes with a pretty good piece of editing software and you can cut little clips here pretty easily and make it look like your speaker knows what they’re doing when in fact, they have no idea what they’re doing.

So here’s my suggestion to you. If you’re looking to book a motivational speaker, I want you to look pretty close to the video because I know you got to do that and I know you’re going to find some really slick videos. I don’t mind telling you that I’ve got some very fast edited fun preview videos. But then, I want you to ask your speaker or your prospective speaker, show me the meat—how do I know you’re any good; are there any longer clips I can see? I need to be able to see you in front of an audience for an extended period. Can you hold my attention on video and we know how hard it is to hold your attention on Youtube right? If you can hold my attention on video for five or ten minutes without any cuts, I’m totally interested. If not, if you can’t show me that stuff, there’s something wrong.

Alright, again, top mistake in booking a speaker is being fooled by an overly slick video. I’ve got them, they’re important for our business, but the next question is what else do you have to show me what’s behind all this, and any speaker who can speak—and I’ve been at it for 20 years so I’ve got hundreds of videos available and I’m very happy when my clients click on not only one video, but another preview video. Here’s me as a motivational speaker here. Here’s me doing a keynote there. I love that and so I love that question when people say show me more video.

If you’re thinking about booking a speaker and they don’t have more, they’re the wrong guy. Alright, I’d love to be your speaker. My name is Brad Montgomery. You can reach me through my website—love to be part of your team. Call us and ask us about how to find more video. Have a great day.

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