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TOP 5 Mistakes When Hiring a Motivational Speaker

As a motivational speaker, I work to improve the individual and group outlook within many realms, including wellness, work-life balance, stress management and workplace productivity. Many people out there claim to be an expert motivational speaker, but they simply don’t deliver. Here are some things to look out for when hiring a speaker for your event, as well as what not to expect from me.

1.           Hiring someone who is an expert on paper, but not on stage.

Speaking and writing are not the same skills.  Some of my heroes in health science, wellness and fitness are amazing thinkers, thought leaders and writers, but are snore inducing speakers.

Core Concept: No one was ever bored into living healthier.

2.            Providing a “Canned” Speech or Program.

I sat in on a presentation where the speaker encouraged the group to take 10,000 steps a day.  Great suggestion, but the audience works in a warehouse and were already measured to average 21,000 steps a day.  The attendees were worried they were getting their hours cut! As author and motivational speaker John C. Maxwell said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Core Concept: The top 3 rules for successful professional speaking are: 1. Know your audience. 2. Know your audience.  3. Know your audience.

3.            Choosing a speaker who is information focused versus direction focused.

Informing, or worse, lecturing people on what they already know they should be doing will turn people off faster than tofu turkey on Thanksgiving.  Awareness campaigns only work when the people are unaware.  What inspires and engages people is solid, doable steps for how change can happen in their specific work and lives.

Core Concept: Direction beats information seven days a week.

4.            Leading with slides and statistics instead of stories.

Don’t get me wrong, I love research and reference a LOT in my presentations.  I ascribe to the belief that, “In God we trust, but everyone else must bring data.” But, you need to lead with stories and relatable examples that give people hope before they will open their mind to doing the “how tos,”much less being interested in the supporting data.

Core Concept: Great presentations provide quality supporting data, but only after they have caught the attention and hope of the audience.

5.            Hiring someone who is “Annoyingly Motivated.”

“If they can do it, maybe I can too,” are the nine most inspiring words you could ever get an audience to think. They should be the goal of every good motivational speaker.  But, there is some skill involved in inspiring people to think this.

99% of the time, telling someone who hasn’t exercised in quite some time that, “I’ve ran ten marathons this year and so can you!” will actually inspire them to want pizza and beer for lunch.  People who live a healthy way of life often feel so good that they often want to tell everyone they know to that they too can do it.  I get it, and I encourage this with all my audiences, but…

Core Concept: Moderation in all things, especially when it comes to encouraging the currently unmotivated.


To Benefit from Exercise, Don’t Wait. Just Do.

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Some_Motivation_Requiredu2sDetailWe all know that exercise is important. From Legally Blondes, “Endorphins make people happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” to a motivational speaker telling you to exercise consistently, you know what you’re supposed to be doing.

But sometimes, when we’re distracted, short on time, tired or grumpy, we don’t want to exercise. We want to sit on our butts and watch tv, eat pizza and have a beer. We’ve all had long, stressful days at work and came home with only the desire to be lazy. My advice- just do it anyways.

My favorite trick is to bring workout clothes with me so that when I get off work I instantly put them on, and I’ll be reminded and motivated to get out there before I go on with the rest of the evening.

Yes, you may feel tired and red faced when you get done. You also might be bored with you’re current workout, but you’ll always feel better afterwards. And not only do you get short-term satisfaction, you’ll also be treated to many long term ones too.

Other benefits include more energy, motivation, work-life satisfaction, less stress and better sex. Plus, eventually you’ll be looking as good as you feel. Plus, those feelings of laziness and discouragement are there because you don’t exercise regularly. Once you make working out a habit, those feelings will basically disappear. Remember, the benefits of exercise don’t require a fitness coach or doing Crossfit. All you need is a consistent practice to give you long term results.

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When You’re Stressed. Learn.

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learningEverybody needs help occasionally. At some point, we all get stressed out at work and feel like we can’t get everything done that we have to do.

But rather than venting about your situation or trying to trudge through the period of challenge on your own, it’s better to take on a learner’s perspective. Ask question’s and expand your perspective in order to get past your motivational block and gain more information to help you succeed.

Helping other’s is also a good method to become more motivated and get out of your head. Like breaking up soil after a cold winter, sometimes your mindset needs to be cultivated in order to grow.

The best way to do this is to help others and ask questions. Learning motivates you and makes you better as you help others. Remember this the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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Eating Meals With Your Family Helps with Productivity in the Workplace

Eating together makes family bonds stronger

Eating together as a family creates a bond of togetherness that carries over into other aspects of our lives. It creates a strong base for more productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Importance of Family

Achieving an optimum work-life balance is very important for both employees and employers, and it is essential to productivity in the workplace. Being able to manage your time in such a way that you have time for your family and time to work is crucial to your productivity in the workplace and to the family. Most individuals are able to please their workmates and their boss, but their families miss them most of the time and wish they could spend just an hour with them. Family is important, fun and very fulfilling in anyone’s life. However, the question is how do you create that time to spend with your family, considering you have all tight schedules that are always filled?

Eat Together

Eating together as a family creates a unique platform that allows the family as a whole to open up about themselves and lets you learn about each other. Eating together lets you catch up on the days’ events or just talk in general. Insignificant as it may seem, talking builds your bond as a family, talk by talk.

As a busy person in life, you should never forget that all the work you do and all the productivity in the workplace that you carry out, is so that your family can have a better life. A work-life balance allows you to create and meet the emotional social needs of your family and this is the secret to being happy in life.

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Motivational Speaker Andy Core Pushes You to Plan for Success

Planning for Success

Take the tips from a motivational speaker and execute a good plan in order to reach your goals.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing and Peak Human Performance.

Motivational speaker Andy Core guides everyone to reaching their goals no matter how many times they have failed.

Having a plan is necessary in order for you to be able to reach your goals. They will be left as mere dreams if nothing is done in order to make them possible. So in order for you to attain something, you must make sure that you have prepared plans for how to achieve your goals. These plans, of course, must be executed, rather than be left once again as just plans.

Successful individuals do not just prepare a single plan to be carried out, as they believe that it may not come to success, especially if the competition is tough, failure may occur. Produce a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C, and if all these didn’t work, then keep reaching if you have to keep trying until you get to Plan Z. You might say, “Okay I have failed so many times, perhaps I should set a new goal that I know I will be able to succeed?” Failed plans are unfortunate, but if we continue to feeling bad because we fail to attain something, we will be labeled as losers. Andy Core, a motivational speaker, understands where you are coming from, but “I must win,” is a mantra you must never forget. Invite positive vibes and you will be able to attain your goals.

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