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Best Way to Quickly Deal With Mean People

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by bobgarner
For those in the corporate world who have to travel to earn their pay, many times we find ourselves in the presence of unpleasant people.

From plane trips to restaurants to meetings or events, an occasional rude person expresses his or her discomfort at something we may have said or should have said or did or didn’t do.

Sometimes their unhappiness is expressed by a few choice words, a nasty look, or – if we are driving and someone feels we are not driving fast enough - the mere dexterity of their fingers communicates the message. Hopefully, you don’t feel compelled to respond to this form of communication, other insults or goofy looks that others throw your way. It’s easy to respond; however, it’s more challenging – if not rewarding – to not respond. The next time you get the urge to respond, remember this story:

Buddha was once asked by his disciples why he didn’t respond to the insults that others would cast toward him. Buddha said, “Imagine what would happen if someone placed a gift at your feet and you chose to ignore it. Or someone sent you a letter and you did not open it.” The disciples answered that it would be returned to the original owner. Buddha responded with one word, “Exactly.”

Just let the anger or insult from another person pass you by, and, like a boomerang, it will have to go back to its owner. That is the one of the best and quickest ways to deal with mean people.

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5 Reasons a Meeting Planner Should Utilize a Funny Motivational Speaker at a Meeting

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by bobgarner

Ever thought about retaining the services of a funny motivational speaker for your next meeting? Meeting planners understand the importance of making sure that their events provide information to their audience. But what about inspiration, as well fun? Isn’t inspiration and having fun a component of helping people achieve more?

Let’s consider 5 reasons why a meeting or event planner should utilize a funny motivational speaker at a meeting:

Reason #1 – First and foremost, a funny motivational speaker delivers a “mental break” in a way that no video, skit or slide show could ever provide. Whether your group consists of sales reps, employees, executives or customers, the goal of any meeting or conference is to share important content with that group and persuade them to do something (i.e.: improve productivity, increase sales, enhance safety, invest in your products, etc.). Yet how much information, statistics, and power points can people take in, before they reach “overload” status? By providing a presenter that offers a fun, interactive, and inspiring program, you give your group with a “mental break” which allows for any content that you have shared with them to “sink in,” as well as the opportunity to provide more messaging to a now relaxed and attentive audience.

Reason #2 – Every group needs to hear that despite all the challenges they are facing and changes they may incur, that they will be able to handle them. Every industry has challenges and few are not undergoing massive changes. One of several consequences to challenges and changes is that people become nervous, angry, fearful or stressed. A funny motivational speaker – who is good at what he or she does – can not only provide ideas and strategies to help your group gain insight to many of these feelings and emotions, but also, through the use of humor, “take the bite” out of tough situations. As Mark Twain once said, “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” No matter what your group might be going through, humor and inspiration can aid your group in dealing with their challenges.

Reason #3 – Every meeting includes the aspect of networking. When your group enjoys a speaker, they will talk about it throughout the meeting, as well as share it with others when they go back to their office. Achieving that kind of “mind share” after your meeting is over – is magic… that’s gold! However, if you just offer the same old thing – boring speaker after speaker, power points and stats, videos, cocktails, a casino night, food, etc. – then your event is no different than all the others your guests have attended. By offering something fun and unique, you give your guests something they’ll remember and talk about.

Reason #4 – Most motivational speakers customize their presentation, so that it makes sense to your group. This aids you in providing needed information from an “outside party,” which provides a higher level of impact than hearing similar information from “one of your own.”

Additionally, the speaker is able to reinforce specific messages that you want your group to hear. For example, as an entertaining motivational speaker, I am able to reinforce my client’s key messages through demonstrations of mind reading and ESP, as well as clean humor and audience participation. Therefore, not only are those messages reinforced, but they are also presented in a unique and fun way. 

Reason #5 – Finally, most entertaining and motivational speakers are reasonably priced. You don’t need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a celebrity.  Just do a search for entertaining motivational speakers on the internet, watch demo videos available online, view the testimonials and directly call the speaker.

Take a look at all of those reasons and appraise them. Do you agree that a strong case can be made for hiring a funny motivational speaker for your next meeting?

If so, then you can find out why so many Fortune 1000 corporations have used my services as a funny motivational speaker by visiting my entertaining motivational speaker site.

©2011 Bob Garner. All Rights Reserved. You may use this article, but you must use the byline and author resource.

5 Tips Any Meeting Planner Can Follow to Avoid “Egg on Your Face” When Using a Speaker

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by bobgarner

I work with many meeting planners and not long ago, I was scheduled to be the morning entertaining motivational keynote speaker for a large corporation. In a phone call to the meeting planner, I found out that she – unknown to the actual client – had scheduled me to speak while the audience was eating breakfast.

I’m known as a funny motivational speaker who actually has something to say and my presentations are highly interactive. The meeting planner knew that my client wanted me to kick-off the day with an informative, motivational and fun presentation and having me speak while the audience was eating would not only not achieve that goal, but also was a prime example of poor planning.

Meeting planners and event planners know that speakers are a prime component of meetings and making sure the audience receives the full benefit of the person speaking, as well as ensuring that the speaker has what he/she needs to effectively deliver the presentation, is essential to the success of the speaker, as well as to the overall event. When this does not occur, the result is a poor experience for the speaker and the audience, as well as “egg on the face” of the event planner.

The following 5 steps will aid you in making sure the presenter and the audience, as well as your client receive the full benefit of utilizing a speaker at your meeting.

1 – No Speakers While the Audience is Eating:
People don’t like to be disturbed while they eat. How do you concentrate or even listen to what a speaker has to say while you’re passing the salt? Oftentimes, due to the room set-up, during meals some audience members have their back to the stage, which means the speaker has the pleasure of speaking to the backs of the heads of the audience. (It’s rude to the speaker and the audience.) Presenters like audiences to pay attention to what they have to say and that won’t happen, if the audience is engaged in eating.

2 – Position the Audience Close to the Speaker:
Placing a dance floor or tons of audio/visual equipment in front of the speaker so that the audience is 20-30 feet away from the stage provides an automatic disconnect from the speaker. A good presenter wants to see the faces of the audience to gauge their program and make any adjustments. Keep the audience close to the speaker.

3 – Clarify Walk-On and Walk-Off Music:
Recently at a large meeting, they introduced the chairman of the board by playing an unrecognizable song by the late James Brown. Instead of applauding the chairman when he arrived on stage, the room went quiet… no applause. The COB just stood there. It was a very uncomfortable moment and that’s never good, when you’re dealing with the COB. Pay attention to the details. Make sure that you go over the music that will be used to bring people on and off the stage.

4 – Don’t Clutter the Stage:
I recently did a presentation where the stage was so full of plants and flowers. I thought I was speaking in the nursery section of a Home Depot. When the director of sales came up to speak, he said to the audience, “Wow – look at all these flowers! Who died?” Of course, everyone turned toward the meeting planner and laughed. Let me ask you, is that a “good thing?” Keep it looking simple and smart. Having a nicely decorated stage is appropriate, but don’t go overboard.

5 -Read and Follow the Rider:
Most professional speakers have a rider, which is a document that explains what he/she will need in order to do his/her job effectively. Speakers create riders for a reason – they know what they need. We have all heard the stories about rock bands asking for something as superfluous as brown M&Ms in their riders. Such a request is usually placed deep in the rider to see if – when band shows up – the asked for items have been provided. That way – the band knows someone has actually read the rider and the stage will be set for the band to do what they were hired to do. If those items are not there – someone is not doing their job. The vast majority of speakers have simple riders and will not request brown M&Ms, but they will request water, proper lighting, a/v, etc. Read the rider. If there is a concern, call the speaker and ask for clarification.

With regard to the meeting planner for my morning event – fortunately, I was able to have her “see the light” and she had me go on after breakfast. It was the correct decision.

Remember, the client hired the speaker to either be entertaining, motivating, informative or a combination of the above. You do a disservice to the speaker, the audience, as well as your client if you don’t help the presenter do his/her job as easily and effectively as possible. While the above 5 tips may seem basic to most meeting planners, they are details that are quite often overlooked. A meeting planner gets paid to pay attention to the details and by doing so you make sure that the “eggs” stay on the plates of your audience … and don’t end up on your face.

Funny motivational speaker Bob Garner works with corporations worldwide to improve employee and sales productivity and performance. In addition to being an entertaining keynote speaker, Bob is an author and syndicated writer.

©2011 Bob Garner. All Rights Reserved. You may use this article, but you must use the byline and author resource.

Using a Funny Motivational Speaker At Meetings Boosts Networking and Social Interaction

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by bobgarner

According to the book, “Laughter: A Scientific Investigation,” by psychologist Robert Provine, laughter is all about creating social interaction – social bonding. Most meetings provide dry speaker after dry speaker and leave the networking and social interaction aspects of the event to the cocktail hour, dinner or an exhibit area. By following this format, you leave behind a crucial component to creating social interaction – laughter. That is one reason why having a funny motivational speaker at your meeting can help you boost networking and social interaction at your event – laughter increases bonding.

A reason that laughter creates a unique opportunity to bond is because our desire to laugh is primal. Evidence suggests that the mechanism to laugh is located in the brain stem, which controls other basic functions. When a group of people laugh together, you are tapping that primal behavior and providing an outlet for not only a release of that function, but also a way for a group of people to act as a cohesive unit, which is also a basic desire of humans.

Using a funny motivational speaker during a meeting aids event planners and meeting planners in not only providing a primal and powerful outlet for social interaction during a meeting, but also encouraging further networking and social interaction after the meeting at cocktail receptions, dinner, etc.  Audience members now have something in common and a topic, beyond the reason for attending the meeting, about which to speak.

Event Planners: Corporate Events Video Reveals Why You Should Go Beyond the Normal

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 by bobgarner

At most corporate events, there is an evening or two that offers guests a chance to dine, drink, and network.  Mostly, these are all the same and rarely stand out in the minds of the guests. (How many carved turkey sandwiches and shrimp have you eaten?)

However, this occassion is also a prime time to reinforce that your company “thinks outside of the box,” “likes to do unique things,” and “offers more than the competition.”

The video below shows how companies can take advantage of more mind share by offering an attraction that delivers sophistication, fun, and audience interaction. Additionally, it offers LLMS - long lasting mind share – because your guests will end up talking about what they experienced when THEY go back to THEIR office.

As you will see, the set-up is minimal; it works both indoors and outside and the reactions are amazing.

Whether it’s a hospitality suite or after-dinner gathering, a users conference or employee event, event planners and meeting planners should always be looking for ideas to make their events stand out in the minds of their guests. When you couple that with LLMS, you get a fantastic return for your event dollars.

Meeting Planners: Finding an Entertaining Motivational Speaker and the “Wow” Factor

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 by bobgarner

Meeting planners and event coordinators are constantly in search of speakers who will not only inspire their audience, but also be entertaining and provide a unique experience for their group. In short, they’re looking for an entertaining motivational speaker who provides the “WOW” factor.

Finding a speaker who is not only entertaining and motivational, but who can also provide the “WOW” factor can be a challenge. However, with just a little research on the Internet, you will find a number of speakers who provide all of the above and also customize their program to your specific group.

With regard to entertainment, be careful what you choose. A trainer/speaker may throw in a joke or two or maybe a funny power point slide. If that is sufficient, that is fine, but it will probably fall short of the “WOW” factor. Instead, consider the use of comedians, jugglers and magicians who provide well thought out entertaining material that reinforces their motivational message.

To find them, do a search for keywords like entertaining motivational speakers or funny motivational speakers. You could also search for specific keywords like magician motivational speaker or mentalist motivational speakers, etc.

View their website and pay attention to their videos. Notice if they have a complete speaking presentation on their video. It shouldn’t be the whole program, but you should be able to see the beginning, their use of information, their style of entertainment and the end. How did the audience react at the end of the program? Did the speaker receive a standing ovation or just luke warm applause?

Also, examine their testimonials to see if they have worked with the same company more than once. Anyone can work with a company, a meeting planner or event planner once, but for an entertaining motivational speaker to get rebooked by the same client holds quite a bit of weight.

Finally, talk to the speaker yourself. Even if you’re use to working with agents, speak to the speaker yourself. Talking to the speaker will give you a “feeling” as to whether or not you would like to work with this person. Ask the speaker for ideas and input. After all, if a speaker has a solid reputation and has been in the business for a while, he or she will probably have some valuable input.

With regard to agents, not all speakers work with booking or speaker’s agencies. Doing a little research via the Internet with the keywords mentioned above will provide you with a source of prospects that you could hire – minus the fee tacked on by the agent.

Naturally, those who attend your meeting or event also attend other meetings and the competition for the minds and memory of your group is fierce. Obviously, providing the “WOW” factor will help you win the battle for your group’s mindshare both during and after your event and a speaker who is both entertaining and motivational will help you achieve that goal. Finding the right entertaining motivational speaker can be a challenge. Yet, through a little research, you can find a speaker who not only fits your budget but also provides a unique and memorable experience for your group.

Bob Garner is one of those rare motivational speakers who is also entertaining. Recognized as an entertaining motivational speaker who actually has something to say, Bob travels the globe on behalf of his Fortune 1000 and association clients delivering a customized program that provides usable content reinforced with amazing demonstrations of mind reading, clean humor and audience participation. To see his videos and for more information go to http://www.bobgarner.com/ .