Change as Opportunity: 5 Quotes to Help You Motivate Your People

bigblog_march_4_2015Managing Change is one of the most requested topics for guest speakers. The emergence of new technologies is continuously shifting the way we navigate our personal and professional lives, and these shifts are happening faster than ever before. Change can be overwhelming but by altering our mindsets we can learn from it, manage it, and use it to become better, more effective leaders. Here are 5 quotes to get you excited about the future and the possibilities that Change can bring:

“Researcher Richard Wiseman, in his article “The Luck Factor,” says that if you are an apple picker and you keep coming back to the same trees every day, eventually you’re going to run out of fruit.”
Shawn Achor, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change

“When you are focused on growth you look forward to change and all that the change entails because you know that there is ‘richness’ on the other side of the change. You are willing to do what is necessary in the moment to get to the goal.” –Cheryl Cran

“Adversity and challenges are life’s way of creating strength. Adversity creates challenge, and challenge creates change, and change is absolutely necessary for growth. If there is no change and challenge, there can be no growth and development.” –Willie Jolley from A Setback Is a Set up for a Comeback

“Fly through life at the edge; the middle is crowded and grey. Whether you are leading a company or a team, or building and expanding your own business, success today means thinking and leading others in new and unexplored ways, out at the edges.” – Janet Lapp

“Every improvement is a result of change; not every change is an improvement. The past still has value; it just can’t have a veto. Leaders at all levels must be decisive, action-oriented, open and flexible as they take the best from the past and the future to help form the ‘new good old days’ in their organizations.” – Terry Paulson

6 Questions To Ask Before You Book A Speaker


What do you want the audience thinking at the end of the presentation?

  • “I’m Inspired what’s next?”
  • “I can’t wait to get back to my job and use those ideas”
  • “That was fascinating I should talk to my colleagues about what I just heard”

How much detailed content do you want the Speaker to deliver on their topic?
This is a factor if the Speaker is on late in the day or the sessions before or after the Speaker also have a lot of content.

Do you want the session to have Q&A?
This works well with smaller high level audiences that know each other and can ask specific questions. It can be more challenging with larger groups who have no direct connection to each other as the questions can be off topic.

Do you want to deliver ideas about professional or personal development?
Professional development presentations focus on ideas/skills that help people do their jobs. Personal development focuses more on ideas that help people lead fuller lives.

Do you want the ideas/message delivered in a story format or in a more practical approach?
Stories work better later in the day. Detailed practical approaches need to be on early,

Do you want the topic discussed in a big picture overview or in a more customized detailed format connected to the audience’s world?
Big picture works great if someone from your Company gets up after the presenter and connects the dots back to your audience’s world. Detailed customized presentations can be very empowering as long as the speaker has the opportunity to speak to several contacts inside your organization in advance.