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Jul
2013

Did You Do Something You Weren't Supposed To Do?

By Linda Larsen - Friday, July 19, 2013
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As a motivational speaker on customer service I make it a point to observe what actions work really well to create happy, fiercely loyal customers, clients and patients for life - and which do just the opposite. And today I had one of those experiences wherein I saw a spectacularly great customer service idea in action. It was at my car dealership's service department. 

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Jun
2013

What Motivational Speakers REALLY Do

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Feeling a little cranky at work lately? You are not alone. According to the new Gallup State of the American Workforce poll - 70% of American workers say they "hate" their job or are "disengaged." The cost to U.S. companies - up to $550 BILLION dollars per year in lost productivity.  

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Jun
2013

Please Let Me Give You More Money

By Linda Larsen - Sunday, June 16, 2013
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I am amotivational speaker by profession, but I used to be an actor for many years. As such, my favorite pastime whenever I'm not working is to go see live theater.  So last week I saw Noah Racey's Pulse at the Asolo State Theater. Four times. In one week. And if the show hadn't closed today, I would have seen it again. 

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Jun
2013

Thanks and Thanks and Ever Thanks

By Linda Larsen - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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William Shakespeare could have been a motivational speaker in his time, because wow - did he have a way with words. In Twelfth Night, Sebastian doesn't merely toss a casual "thanks" in Antonio's direction after he has been extended such kind concern and thoughtfulness. Instead he says, "I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks." 

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May
2013

Just Give Me Some Kind Of Sign

By Linda Larsen - Monday, May 27, 2013
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As a motivational speaker on customer service, I'm always looking for examples of great, and not-so-great customer service. And I didn't have to look far last week. 

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May
2013

Motivational Speaker Makes the Case for Compassion

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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It's true, many women in our town are jealous of her. And to the outside world she does look...well...perfect. She is a successful financial advisor in her own firm, gorgeous, with a beautiful home, a handsome husband and two smart accomplished daughters.  Because she works out regularly she is in AMAZING shape and wears clothes that most 55 year old women could never get away with. When she walks down the street, men driving by get whiplash checking her out. Oh yes. She is perfect. 

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May
2013

Magician Meteorologist Makes Mincemeat of Motivational Speaker Wife

By Linda Larsen - Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Why would a perfectly rational adult woman who calls herself a funny motivational speaker be okay with allowing her meteorologist husband to endeavor to saw her in half? The answer may very well surprise you. It could also spice up your relationship!  

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May
2013

Calling All Multi-taskers!

By Linda Larsen - Tuesday, May 07, 2013
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No, you DON'T need a motivational speaker to tell you that men and women approach tasks differently, but I do it in a way that's..um...different.  In fact, I can't even TELL you about it - I have to show you. So here you go.  

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Mar
2013

Are You With Me?

By Linda Larsen - Sunday, March 31, 2013
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As a motivational speaker on communication, I frequently talk about how we communicate nonverbally by gesturing with our head. And what does this gesture called nodding mean? If you are making a presentation to a prospect does their nodding mean they are ready to buy? Well, that may depend upon whether you are talking to a man or a woman. 

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Mar
2013

Motivational Speaker Experiences Nightmare on Stage

By Linda Larsen - Thursday, March 28, 2013
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I just read a GREAT blog post by the wickedly funny motivational speaker Brad Montgomery on the Worst Audience for a Motivational Speaker. He was so forthcoming with some of his experiences that it made me want to share one of mine. And it was, indeed, a nightmare. 

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