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5 Ways a Motivational Speaker Can Help Your Company
By Joel Garfinkle
Being a change agent requires a broad understanding of business, organizational, and employee behavior. It also requires extraordinary versatility and a wide range of skill sets. At times of transition, an effective motivational speaker can be the change agent management needs— the leader who can ensure a productive outcome for your company.
Here are five ways an effective motivational speaker can help you influence and manage change in your organization:
- Create a plan for change.
The first step any smart motivational speaker will take is to dig below the surface to understand how the organization works. An action-taking change agent will talk to executives and employees, gauge company dynamics, and look for clues to get an idea of what’s holding back change from happening. Recognizing obstacles is the first step to overcoming them in the change process.
- Spread the vision and gain support.
Now that the obstacles have been identified, your change agent will need to gain the support of key leaders in the organization to effect change. With the plan in hand, the motivational speaker will explain it to your people in a way that can be grasped easily and give them clarity about what you’re trying to achieve. Professional motivational public speakers have the expert ability to persuade and inspire your people to believe in your vision and go ahead with the changes.
- Deal with resistance.
It is never easy for management to bring about change in an organization. Even if your employees are motivated, there will still be some resistance and competing messages at different levels in your company. This is why it is extremely important to communicate your vision frequently and powerfully. Bringing in motivational speakers to act as change agents is one way that management can keep employees excited about the vision and lower resistance to the transitions that are taking place in the company.
- Support people through the process.
Organizational change can only happen when each individual within the organization is ready to change their attitudes and behaviors. While some individuals are ready and willing to change, others may be apprehensive about taking risks and stepping outside their comfort zones. An experienced change agent will listen, understand, and work with company leaders to create tools and processes to encourage people to overcome their resistance and fears and feel better about making the transition.
- Build on change to achieve goals.
For change to stick, it has to become part of the culture of your organization. Expert motivational speakers can share knowledge through executive training, resolve conflict by discovering common goals, improve understanding and teamwork, and build better leaders to advocate change. Keeping people on track and holding them accountable helps ensure goals and targets are met and the overall company vision is realized.
By hiring an expert motivational speaker to act as a change agent, management gains the expertise of someone who has experience empowering both individuals and teams to lead change in an organization. The motivational speaker offers hands-on tools, practical tips, and powerful motivational leadership techniques that your staff can put into practice right away to solve problems in a timely manner and improve organizational performance.
Want to empower your people to achieve their full potential through a tough transition?
Hire a motivational speaker and take your company to higher levels of success today!
Copyright © 2012 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved. Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Subscribe to his Fulfillment at Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, "41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!"
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