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The Rise of Swearing in Keynote Presentations

Motivational Speakers, Swearing and the Science of Honesty

I’m old school on this – I don’t swear during my presentations.  I even removed “crap” as I thought it distracted the audience from the key point I was trying to make (Thanks to feedback from attending Keynote Kamp, which I highly recommend for professional speakers).  However, and I don’t know if it is a guilty pleasure or not, I do like it when some speakers swear.  And, I think I just figured out why.

A January 2017 study from the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science titled, “Frankly, We Do Give a Damn – The Relationship Between Profanity and Honesty,”  says that swearing can be a strong signal that the swearer is being honest.  Specifically, the study states:

“We found a consistent positive relationship between profanity and honesty; profanity was associated with less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the society level.”

Like most of the world right now, I’m sick of politicians and advertisers clearly trying to pull the wool over my eyes. I want less deception and more no-holds-barred truth.  Hold the B.S. (Bull Stuff) and be real and honest.

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Here is my theory – some popular keynote speakers, especially in the marketing space, got a strong positive response to swearing because audiences, now more than ever, want honesty and authenticity.  I can tell you from experience, when professional speakers feel a positive response from an audience, they will replicate it from that point on.  Other speakers watching in the audience will feel it too.  We speakers are not immune to a little hero worship, so many will replicate it as well.  Thus the spread of profanity in professional presentations.

Even if you love an occasional F-bomb in a presentation, I think there is a potentially huge cost for the speaker and those who hired her or him. The speaker may come across as more honest, but will often lose connection with more audience members than they connect with.  The caveat is that for some speakers and audiences swearing is congruent and it works all the way around.

So, what do you think?  Do you like or dislike it?  This could be a fun discussion, comment below – I really want to hear what you have to say – four letter words and all.

P.S. If you are a speaker and do swear, warn the meeting planners beforehand.  They can prepare their committees and audience members and help you be more successful.

 

 

Achieving Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Thomas Edison Quote on FailureAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is a phrase we learn as small children. Unfortunately, we really don’t learn what it means until later in life, and some of us never learn it at all.

There is a lot of advice out there on how to be successful and world changing, but the core piece of advice to keep in the forefront is to pursue what you love, every day, no matter what. That’s a life worth living.

Don’t pay attention to the naysayers, your limitations or your doubts. Keep going in spite of them. Every single person in this world has an ideal path that will make their life fulfilled, and those who can ignore the road blocks have discovered liberty.

To find your passion and be successful with it, you must go with what makes you truly happy and then pursue that happiness every day like you haven’t yet gotten it. Make every day a chase and never stop the journey. That’s the pursuit of happiness.

Many people do this without considering another way. They know what they want from a young age and don’t stop.

Think about the truly successful people in the world. Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Walt Disney. All these people have two things in common- passion and determination. Each of them found something they loved to do and were passionate about pursuing it. 

All of these people faced challenges that seemed impossible to overcome, but they didn’t care. They kept going, every day, and now they are famous for their success.

These people are lucky. They know what they want and they did it with passion. Many of us may still be confused as to that one thing we think we should do. But there lies the problem. Thinking. Instead of thinking about what you should do, weighing the risks and moving once you’ve decided to, you should just do. Don’t consider how you may fail or that you might not make any money. Certainly don’t think about what others will think. Just do what you know you want and pursue it every day.

Live the life you want and be successful. Make our forefathers proud and take your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance for Increased Workplace Productivity

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

Work-Life balance is one of the most discussed subjects of 2014. Some say it is impossible, and some say it’s vital to the success of a business. Regardless, the first step to achieving it, is to understand what it is and how it helps.

What Is It Work-life balance is basically the positive relationship between work and other equally important activities in life which include family leisure, etc. The relationship can’t be clearly defined and varies from person to person according to their life demands. It’s important to notice the word, “relationship,” meaning that this is not a contest or a scale we must balance.

It’s an interaction of ideas that satisfie the needs in your individual life. Work and Life are not separate spheres. They are integrated moments in life that happen throughout the day.  Also, the concept of work-life balance is not just associated with women or busy executives. It’s a process applicable to everyone to increase the level of employee workplace productivity and motivation.

Benefits to Employees and Employers When you increase a person’s satisfaction level, they will benefit mentally and physically, which will, in turn, cause the culture of your business of to improve. Some examples include:

  • The individual is better responsive and can easily work in their paid work as well applying themselves fully to other aspects of their life like family commitments.
  • The self-esteem increases as well a health and other related aspects of one’s character like loyalty
  • The employee gets full control of their working life and can adapt better to any changes
  • The balance makes everyone at home happy and everyone at work happy
  • Employee-Employer relations will most likely improve
  • Turnover rates decrease while productivity increases
  • Employees are more likely to take a job that offers less money if there work-life balance is increased
  • Less sick days

Work-life balance can increase the productivity in the workplace and improve the work environment in general. To bring this change to your business, contact Andy Core for more information. To learn more on Andy’s programs 

 

Preventing Burnout In the Workplace

flexibleAt the beginning of the New Year, many CEO’s and managers will be considering what adjustments to make to the benefits package they provide their employees. This year especially, many may consider offering more intrinsic benefits. Over the past few years, it hasn’t been enough to offer salary and health care. Employees want to feel valued in a deeper way.

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 63 percent of women define career success as having a job that allows them to balance their personal and professional lives. Men are less likely to value this, but still find it important.

This means offering employees flex-time to work from home, respecting vacation time and making sure new responsibilities are feasible before they are assigned.
According to a 2012 poll from the Society of Human Resource Managers, only 10 percent of companies offered formal flex-time.

However, this number is likely to increase. Technology is the main factor which will allow for such job perks. In many office settings, communicating with the fellow employees and/or clients is just as easy through outlets such as email, Skype, GoToMeeting and the phone. As long as the employee is organized, this option should work seamlessly.

Offering work-life balance benefits not only makes an employee feel more successful, but it can also attract top hires and keep them there at less cost to the business. Evidence shows that many people today are more likely to take a job, even if it pays less money, if they are offered flexibility. In addition, studies also show that overall moral will improve, absenteeism will decrease and motivation will be sustained if these benefits are offered.

David Posen, Oakville, Ont. stress doctor and author of Is Work Killing You?, explained the necessity of work-like balance benefits in this article by Harvey Schachter. “Work-life balance is not a luxury. It’s a necessity – for good health, energy and productivity. And there are serious consequences if our lives fall out of balance for too long. Balance is an antidote, a counterbalance, to chronic stress. Balance prevents burnout.”

To create a sustainable business, managers and owners need to maintain a culture that prevents burnout and promotes productivity. Proper work-life balance may be the best method.

 

Set Yourself Goals to Achieve

Set high standards for your goals

Set high standards for your goals

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

Success is different for every person. We each have different expectations for how our life should end up, and we each have different skills that will help us get there.

However, regardless of our differences, we should all follow similar steps in life to bring us success.

1.)    Realize your passions.

For some, this might be the hardest part. Passion can be an elusive emotion when pitted against stress, insecurity or life restraints. Therefore, it’s extremely important to take the time to pay attention. If your life consists solely of what is required of you, then you most likely aren’t taking the proper amount of time and effort to learn who you are and what you want.

Knowing yourself is the first step, and like all relationships, it takes time and intention. For myself, journaling, meditation or conversations with friends helps me to decide what I’m passionate about. For you, it could be totally different. Try taking a drive by yourself, hiking or gardening. Quiet periods may give you the insight you need to find your passion.

2.)    Decide how you want to live those passions out.

This is also tough due to the sheer number of choices you have. For instance, if you’ve decided that you care about the environment, there are any number of career options to pursue. You could be a lobbyist, a nonprofit fundraiser or educator.

Here’s a secret though, you won’t know what you really like until you try it. After some research, decide how you’d like to live out your passion. Depending on what you’ve chosen, you may want to pursue an education. This could be as simple as reading a book or as complicated as getting a master’s degree.

3.)    Set small goals.

It’s not enough to say, I want to be a marine biologist! You must figure out the route that you should take to get there. You might get lucky and start on the ground floor of a company and work your way up the ladder, or you may have to go to school. This could take more research, but once you have some vision for your passion, you can do the fun part- Get started! Set goals and put yourself out there every day.

There is nothing wrong with setting the bar high for your goals as long as you are prepared to work hard and have the patience to reach them. If you break your main goal into smaller goals you will have the encouragement of experiencing success with every small goal you reach on the way to your main goal. As a motivational keynote speaker, this is my favorite part- helping you to form guidelines for reaching your goals effectively.

4.)    Believe it will happen.

This is probably the most important step, and it’s remarkably the one thing you have control over. If you’re passionate about something, you can no longer doubt your ability to get there. You MUST believe that it will happen. Write your goal down, verbalize it with someone who’s close to you, and look forward to the realization of your version of success.

Belief fuels your motivation and gives you the energy to keep going on the goals you’ve set. If you truly have faith in yourself, then you’ll automatically pursue what you need to pursue and your energy will connect to others who can help you get there.

These steps won’t create an instantaneous change, but they will set you on the path to live a passionate, dynamic life. You never know where you’ll end up but with the right intention, you’ll be pleased with the results.

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