February 23, 2007
How do you motivate yourself? Self motivation is an important question, because we can not depend on others to motivate us. Sure you might listen to a motivational speaker, read a motivational book or even watch a motivational video. But what do you do in the mean time to motivate yourself?
How do you motivate yourself every day? Tough question. Tough answers. Believe in yourself – even when no one else does. Stop blaming and start taking responsibility for your success. Celebrate your triumphs. Learn from your mistakes but don’t dwell on them.
Motivate yourself by remembering your strengths, accomplishments and dreams. Motivate yourself by feeding off motivational leaders, speakers and innovators. Motivate yourself by hanging around motivational people.
Motivate yourself by motivating others.
Motivate yourself by moving forward in spite of the pain and doubts. Self motivation is tough – but it is worth it. Remember that although others can help – only you can motivate you.
February 19, 2007
Motivational Speaker Dilemma
George Torok is a professional speaker who is often described as a motivational speaker. For many years he rejected the motivational speaker label by saying, “I have content.” George Torok did not want to be labeled as a motivational speaker because of the perceived stigma that a motivational speaker was only providing fluff.
Right or wrong many organizations would claim, “We want content”, and then they would pay big bucks for a motivational speaker. They might hire a motivational speaker who was a past president, climbed Mount Everest, lost a limb, won an Olympic medal, made billions, walked on the moon, or walked on fire. All inspiring stories. All entertaining and instructional. All motivational.
George Torok has done none of those things. However, audiences still describe him as a motivational speaker. Why? Because the stories he tells relate to the audience, gives them hope, entertains them and inspires them. George Torok is a professional business speaker who speaks about everyday people with everyday challenges and yes he has accepted the fact that he is a motivational speaker.
When you want a motivational speaker with practical business content, call George Torok at 905-335-1997. Professional Motivational Speaker
February 16, 2007
Motivate your staff
How do you motivate your staff?
There are two key ways and they are opposites. You can motivate with fear. Scare the crap out of them. Threaten them. Remind them how incompetent they are. Point out how easy it is to fire them. Keep them pissing their pants. That will motivate them.
But that is only motivation for the short term. And it will motivate them to leave. So while they might seem to be motivated to please you today – they will be planning to leave tomorrow. And if they can – they will screw you in the process. Yes, fear will motivate them – but not in the way that you really want.
The other way to motivate your staff is to offer them hope.
Show them your vision. Explain how they can contribute to that. Clarify the opportunities for them in the vision. Encourage them to buy into that vision. Praise their progress. Help them grow. Continue to offer them hope and they will be motivated to work with you.
I guess you could call it the carrot or the stick motivation. They both work – for different reasons and with different results.
Scare the crap out of them – or offer them hope. How do you want to motivate your staff?
February 8, 2007
Motivating people is easy – but be careful how you motivate them. Do you recall the movie where the hero declared, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
I don’t remember the name of the movie. But what is important to note is that anger is a strong motivator. Revolutions are often fought because of anger.
Anger is a powerful motivator. Yes people can be motivated by anger to change things. Be careful of motivating your customers to rebel. Be especially careful of motivating your staff to rebel. Motivation is not the key – direction is.
It is easy to motivate people – just make them angry. Is that the motivation you want?
Avoid motivational madness.
February 6, 2007
The two predominant motivations that we have are the desire for gain and the release from pain.
To motivate someone you must touch one or the other of those two – or both.
A motivational speaker must understand the pain of listeners and offer ways to relieve that pain.
A motivational speaker must understand the desire of the listeners and offer ways to achieve that gain.
To be motivational you must offer relief from pain or help with the gain.
February 1, 2007
Reluctant Motivational Speaker
George Torok was often asked the question, “Are you a motivational speaker?”
When he heard that question he would indignantly reply, “No, I have content.”
As an expert in marketing and specialist in presentation and creative thinking skills he was proud of the content-packed presentations that he delivered. Listeners got a lot of practical information. He wanted to be recognized for his practical business sense. He wanted to be respected more as a business speaker – not a motivational speaker.
After all he figured – anyone could be a motivational speaker – they just give fluff. And George Torok was not a fluff kind of speaker.
I turns out that the way that George Torok presented his practical business lessons were motivational. The story-telling, illustrative manner and down-to-earth approach were indeed motivational.
And as much as listeners commented on the practical insights they got they also thanked him for the motivational presentation.
So, “Is George Torok a motivational speaker?” Yes indeed. He is motivational, educational, practical and realistic.
Ok, “I’m a motivational speaker.”