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Motivational Speaker

Light Board Video: Quiz – Going It Alone

Motivation in the workplace plays a critical role in thriving more and struggling less in a high demanding life.

In a high stress work environment, there are three types of hard working adults who operate in a high demanding job. The first group is the Thrivers, those who are productive in their work and sustain a great personal and professional life balance. On the other extreme are the Strugglers who do not operate in a high demanding job and most likely leave on their own to pursue opportunities elsewhere. In the middle are the Strivers who sometimes thrive and sometimes struggle.

My book Change Your Day Not Your Life has a quiz to help you identify where you stand in these three categories and what you can do to struggle less and thrive more. To take the quiz now, visit http://andycore.com/quiz/ to see if you are a Thriver, Striver, or Struggler.

In my quiz, one of the questions is, ‘How often do you feel like you are going it alone?’ Now when looking at research on motivation, a lot of motivational theories talk about the correlation between the lack of motivation and time spent feeling like you are going it alone. One theory that stands out is the Self Determination Theory of Motivation.

It states that the more time you spend feeling like you are ‘going it alone,’ the more you are going to struggle. With the more time you spend feeling like you are not alone or connected to something, the more positive energy and meaning you have.

Of the people who took my quiz: 66% of them said that they felt like they were going it alone most of the time, while 34% said that they almost never feel that way. That’s a lot of people who are struggling who shouldn’t be. So my question for you is this—How often do you feel like you are going it alone, and what can you do to change that?

For more tips on how to increase motivation, read my book Change Your Day Not Your Life.

 

Light Board Video: Quiz – Overwhelmed At Work

Being overwhelmed at work can cause anyone to have stress, but what you do with that stress is what can make you thrive or struggle.

In a high stress work environment, there are three types of hard working adults who operate in a high demanding job. The first group is the Thrivers, those who are productive in their work and sustain a great personal and professional life balance. On the other extreme are the Strugglers who do not operate in a high demanding job and most likely leave on their own to pursue opportunities elsewhere. In the middle are the Strivers who sometimes thrive and sometimes struggle.

My book Change Your Day Not Your Life has a quiz to help you identify where you stand in these three categories and what you can do to struggle less and thrive more. To take the quiz now, visit http://andycore.com/quiz/ to see if you are a Thriver, Striver, or Struggler.

In my quiz, one of the questions is, “When you are overwhelmed at work, which do you do more often?” Of those that answered this question: 6% said they would “set a new goal,” 71% said they would “focus on getting more organized,” and 23% said they would “vent to someone.” The research is very clear, the thriver behavior in this scenario is to set a new a goal when you feel overwhelmed.

If you’re looking for the secret to finding motivation, I believe the secret is written within the word itself. MOTIVATION = MOTION. Positive motion creates positive emotion.

Core Concept: Motivation is just momentum in disguise.

So, even if you set one small goal when feeling overwhelmed, you are eliciting a thriver behavior.

Now, being organized is very critical, but if your reaction to being overwhelmed is to get re-organized then you are exemplifying a struggler characteristic. The same with venting; we all need someone to vent to, but research has shown that when you vent at work you actually reduce your vitality and increase fatigue, resulting in the least productive reaction to being overwhelmed.

For more tips on how to reduce stress levels, read my book Change Your Day Not Your Life.

 

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.

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

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.

Exercise is a To learn more on Andy’s programs. 

 

When You’re Stressed. Learn.

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

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.

To learn more on Andy’s programs. 

 
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