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What a Safety Speaker Wants You to Know: It’s About the Names, Not the Numbers

Let’s be honest: safety regulations aren’t exactly the most exciting topic. Whether your audience wears hard hats or only marginally comes into contact with dangerous substances working in an office, they don’t want to have their work interrupted just to sit through a long presentation on statutes that got updated.

A workplace safety speaker can help put your organization on the right track to adopting an organization-wide safety culture that does more than just prevent physical injuries. Safety culture is also about interpersonal relationships. So when it comes to keeping stress down and safe operating procedures up in the workplace you have to focus more on relationships than rules! How do you accomplish that? A safety speaker can teach your employees how to communicate better. Relationships often come before rules in so many aspects of life, and workplace safety is definitely one of them.

It’s a matter of putting names before numbers. Numbers are convenient for categorization and easily measurable metrics. Soft skills are unfortunately difficult to measure. So you need to change your focus to the names. Why do some employees get more stressed out than others? What situations are causing conflict among team members and what can management do to address these issues?

When it comes to solving workplace safety problems, it’s easy to take a similar approach by thinking solely about regulations and how to stay compliant with them. It’s easy enough to print some pamphlets and hand them out to employees informing them of subsequent policy changes or calling a meeting to discuss them. But a frequently-overlooked fact is that the root of the trouble staying compliant with regulations is that the culture that fosters safety and strong communication is often lacking.

Take it from a leading workplace safety speaker who’s led companies through regulatory changes hundreds of times: it’s not a time to focus solely on safety regulations, but on how management can build an enduring safety culture. Knowing your employees’ names and concerns will be more helpful than the code sections that were just changed

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Tourism Speaker on Change

Tourism Speaker on Change

What a Tourism Speaker Can Tell You About Change

It’s just a fact of life that everything changes. Some of this change can be slow and happen over time to the point that you barely notice it, and other times it’s sudden and right in your face.

And no one knows change better than the tourism industry. Sure, you still see ads for the same types of cruises, resort vacations, and sight-seeing on TV, at the train station, and on the internet that you used to see two to three decades. But the digital age has completely changed the way that people travel and seek out new places to visit and in times of many people being unable to afford a vacation, luxury travel is booming no less. Vacation rentals used to solely be the realm of real estate agents but anyone virtually anywhere in the world can find an alternative to a hotel in just a few swipes. Millennials in particular have contributed to this trend, but also in shaking up traditional vacations by eschewing common tourist attractions in favor of going off the beaten path.

With these sweeping changes come disruptions to the hotel industry and tourism industry in general. There are also new avenues for business that didn’t exist before thanks to society becoming more inclusive, such as the major opportunities that can be found in catering to women travelers and LGBT tourism today. But it’s also up to tourism and hospitality managers to be prepared for these changes and determine how to capitalize on them.

Change can be painful to adapt to for management and employees and make it seemingly difficult to plan for the long term. Employees need to be trained to meet the modern tourist’s expectations and management must figure out how to get more visitors utilizing both digital platforms and their sales force. But by hiring an experienced tourism speaker who can help get your tourism association, hotel, or resort on track with the changes currently being faced in the industry, management can form a solid long-term strategy for keeping business booming during times of extreme change.

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Soft Skills Training for Millennials

Soft Skills Training for Millennials

Do Millennials really need soft skills training?

It’s been said countless times over: Millennials are sorely lacking in soft skills.

Millennials primary and postsecondary education has been drastically different in many ways from that of previous generations. More emphasis is placed on how Millennials develop hard skills that can be easily measured. It might be with a certificate, degree, or perhaps their own project such as a blog or code repository. Millennials eing the most educated generation in American history, Millennials are certainly no slouch when it comes developing these technical skills and having tractable proof of their talents and capabilities.

Unfortunately, it came at a cost in that schools and harsher demands for college and job placement de-emphasized the importance of soft skills training. Hiring managers and executives are seeing a worrisome soft skills gap, many which feel that the technology-centric world Millennials now inhabit is only making it even worse as many everyday actions can now be done with just a few swipes: you can get anything from a date to your laundry and taxes done in a snap. Is it causing a major erosion of social skills and the ability to interact in the workplace?

In many cases, yes. It’s why soft skills training is an important investment for your Millennial workforce. Soft skills isn’t just about learning how to become a better communicator in “meatspace”. It’s how to read people when they’re not behind a screen or using text-speak. When do you know if a workplace situation is truly hostile or something that can be easily solved through a conflict resolution method? Soft skills training can even help your employees become more efficient negotiators who can learn how to spot the right visual and verbal cues from miles away and reach a mutually beneficial agreement in no time.

Millennials are tough and smart problem-solvers being underutilized on account of their weaknesses in communicating these strong points. While of course they aren’t monolithic in that some will be better at communication and the ability to read people than others, soft skills training is definitely an opportunity they can’t afford to miss.

Contact Soft Skills Training Speaker Mike Hourigan at 1-888-PRO-KEYNOTE or fill out the contact form

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Safety Training Speaker Mike Hourigan

How a safety training speaker can bring the safety message to life

Having both a culture that prioritizes workplace safety and a literal safe workplace are very important. Safety skills training is an important investment in insuring that every work environment from factory floors and design studios has the lowest likelihood of grievous injuries and stressful or compromising professional relationships. But an unfortunate truth is that safety regulations and procedures aren’t exactly the most thrilling topic, and your employees aren’t going to be too happy that they’ll have to take time away from important projects to hear about these things.

A professional safety speaker can certainly be a game changer in making these otherwise boring topics into an engaging, and even fun, workplace activity. Making safety presentations funny and captivating is one of the speaker’s talents, but so is driving home the message that you’re striving to communicate to your employees. What is the safety message you’re trying to convey? Are you looking to explain a new safety regulation, or make a lasting statement about a new company policy that’s about to be set and enforced?

The safety training speaker can bring this message to the forefront regardless of the more rote and technical aspects that need to be dictated to the audience. It’s imperative that the message is cohesive and on point all while keeping everyone interested and taking home everything that needs to leave the room with them. One of the biggest problems with presentations in general, but particularly workplace safety seminars, is that there’s frequently a “sugar high” effect where the most important parts are remembered for the rest of the day but then they don’t stay with the attendees after the meeting’s over. A professional safety speaker knows how to deliver that message effectively so that the audience doesn’t just listen for a few hours, but remembers and internalizes the content.

Getting your team through tough times, like when lasting changes are coming from regulation and cultural changes, is a priority. But if you want to bring the safety culture message to life, the right safety training speaker will get the job done (hard hat and all.)

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Millennial Speaker – Generational Keynote Speaker

Teaching Your Sales Team How to Sell Without the Feeling of Being Sold To

When it comes to training and motivating your sales team, those darn Millennials are at it again. There’s sales methods that older than dirt which entail the finer nuances of observation and communication, many of which are still widely employed today, but the times are changing. In fact, times are not just changing but changing at a faster pace than ever before.

Because of this, training your sales team requires new techniques and strategies if you want to sell to Millennials.  After all, it’s Millennials who are shaping the way things are done now particularly for products and services in which they’re the chief audience. But it’s not just Millennials who are seeing and feeling the differences in salesmanship today: in a world’s becoming increasingly noisy with this “always-on” mentality, the feeling that you’re being sold to is detected a lot earlier than it once was. So much is out there trying to grab peoples’ attention and with the limited time and capacity comes viewing that distinct feeling of being sold to as something incredibly pernicious.

Think about it: there’s nothing worse than going about your business on social media and suddenly you see this promoted post. Or you’re watching a video and your experience keeps being interrupted by ads. Those ads blatantly exist to sell to you. It just feels even more obnoxious when you’re in the room with someone and you know that all they see is a walking dollar sign. That’s the last thing you want as a salesperson!

Good, effective salesmanship training will teach your sales staff how to communicate with prospects, make keen observations, and drive their points home without the prospect even being aware that they’re being sold to. In our highly scattered world full of noise today, learning how to rise above that static and be m

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How to Motivate Your Millennial Sales Team

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It’s no secret that Millennials, despite all of the flack they receive from older generations, have a great deal of untapped salesmanship potential that likely hasn’t been nurtured yet. Millennials have a lot of technical knowledge but not enough soft skills and in facing tough financial and job markets, they also weren’t really taught how to negotiate. The potential is there but it needs to be brought forth.

This generation buys everything from packs of gum to houses using their phones and have created entire empires with a couple swipes. Hustling is a way of life and they’ll look for ways to effectively reach out to more clients by doing less work. So, you need to invest in your Millennial sales team with salesman training that will make their innate hustling abilities into a force to be reckoned with.

In helping your Millennial sales force improve their communication and negotiation skills, they will learn a combination of tried-and-true sales techniques in addition to using the more technology-based methods that they are used to such as selling on LinkedIn. Negotiation can be a scary concept for younger generations, who might associate it with manipulation or intimidation rather than a healthy process that benefits both parties.

Managing Millennials is often a source of contention for managers not used to multi-generational workforces. However, when they comprise a significant portion of your sales team you need to take extra considerations into account. Every organization is different as is their product mix and how the sales team is compensated. But sales team members don’t just get paid differently than their co-workers, they also have a higher degree of autonomy and different motivation in comparison and may be less malleable and amenable to the sales manager’s objectives. Millennials in particular may have different values and expectations that can greatly help the organization realize their vision, but not quite align with the sales team manager.

By learning how to manage sales teams more effectively, especially ones that are largely populated by younger employees, you can turn quarterly sales goals into numbers that the team virtually always blows past. An effective keynote sales management speaker can help make this happen for your and your team.

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Change Management isn’t always about Change Management

It may sound redundant, but it’s true. A simple fact of life is that people change. While change management is a holistic and long-term strategy of preparing teams and other stakeholders for change and guiding them through the challenges arising from it, sometimes a change management strategy just isn’t solely about organization-wide change management itself.Change Management Speaker

It’s about people’s reaction to change. How people themselves also change over time.

Culture and technology certainly play a role in change and change management, as is evident in the large amount of multi-generational workforces seen today. Life experience is also what changes people: think about authors who start books and don’t finish them until 10 years later. It wasn’t so much that the act of writing a book alone was so onerous, but the fact that they changed so much in just one, two, or three years let alone 10. The people we meet and stories we hear, the media we consume, events that happen both globally and in our communities: all of them shape and change us. How can these all translate into change management and being prepared for whatever may come? Understanding how people change is key to a successful change management strategy and preparing the entire team for what may come.

Some people are highly adaptable and cope with change just fine. People who’ve been more set in their ways need additional help and motivation during times of momentous change. In addition to understanding how people change, how people also react to and cope with change is a major part of change management. It’s not always just about change management itself, but understanding the psychological aspects of change and why some people are always ready for it while others take so long to adjust.

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Common Mistakes when hiring a Keynote Speaker

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Common Mistakes in Hiring a Keynote Speaker

You need a great keynote speaker for your event and in all the hoopla leading up to it, you might be getting overwhelmed. As a result, you can end up making some mistakes when choosing a keynote speaker: this can cause your meeting to totally flat flat, or other aspects of your event can go wrong. Here are some common mistakes made when choosing a keynote speaker for meetings, events, and conferences and how you can avoid them.

You haven’t made the speaker an integral part of organizing the event.

For large conferences, the keynote speaker sets the tone of the event. When it comes to events like sales meetings, the keynote speaker plays a major role in keeping the audience engaged and using their skills, experience, and stories in teaching them something. The event planner must include the speaker in the planning process and not merely treat them as an additional service. How is the speaker going to help the people organizing the event meet their objectives?


Picking the absolute cheapest speaker you can find and focusing on keeping their fee low.

While staying within your budget is a concern, there’s a reason why that adage “You get what you pay for” exists. When you focus on trying to beat down the keynote speaker cost, you’re not going to warm that person up to working with you. Most of all, you should seek how to get the most value out of their fees: can they offer additional coaching or other services to your team?

Lacking a follow-up strategy.

Some events herald a permanent change. A one-time event simply won’t do, such as a quarterly sales team meeting. You need to work with the speaker, and this is a two-way street, to form a solid action plan for follow-up after the meeting. The speaker can recommend additional experts and resources or perhaps provide one-on-one coaching to get you past the challenge that change management brings.

In avoiding these costly mistakes, you’ll be able to meet or even surpass your objectives for the event and get the most value out of the speaker.

 

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