Are you having a lag in productivity? Does your workforce seem stressed out and in need of a mental boost? You may be considering hiring a motivational speaker to come put some of that zip and drive back into your employees.
Motivational speakers are people who are paid to come speak at your work. You may use them just on their own, or as the key note speaker for a conference or team-building workshop. They can be someone who has succeeded in business athletics or some other field, someone famous, or someone who is just really good at getting the best out of people.
If you find the right speaker, you will see a marked improvement not only in performance but also in general morale. Instead of sitting around the water cooler gossiping or complaining about work and family, they’ll be talking about they’ve learned, coming up with new ideas, and lighting a fire under each other to get more accomplished.
In order to get the most out of a motivational speech, you need to find a speaker that meets the needs of your company or workforce. While there are some problems that show up in almost every work environment, each workplace is unique. If your workers are having problems because they aren’t working together, a speaker talking about finding motivation isn’t going to help much. You have to tailor your solution to your problems.
In addition to increasing the productivity and morale of your workforce, if used properly, motivational speakers can also help promote your company and encourage new hires to want to come aboard. Often you can take speakers and use their speeches for recruiting videos, and even as training videos for new hires. They can also be used in materials for potential investors to show how you motivate your workers and emphasize your company philosophy. Of course, use of the speech is something you need to check on with your potential speakers before you hire them.
The biggest con of hiring a motivational speaker at work is probably the money. Depending on who you hire to come in, speakers’ fees can go from reasonable to astronomical. Not only will you have to pay their fees and sometimes expenses, you will also lose profit from lack of working during their speech. And no speaker is going to guarantee a rise in productivity or profits after they’ve made their speech.
Even if a speaker does motivate your workforce and raise productivity, it’s probably not going to last forever. The luster of a speech fades with time. If you want to keep the boost going, you’re going to have to make a plan to continually remind people of the speaker (and this is hit and miss on whether it will work).
If you put thought and effort behind it, choose an appropriate speaker, and back up their presentation with further learning and support, you’re probably going to notice a big difference in your workers, and in your company as a whole.
If you are thinking about hiring a speaker for your business or service organization, consider our in-house speaker, Patrysha from Community Futures Yellowhead East. She’d be happy to create and deliver a presentation for your workspace on topics including customer service, personal growth, increasing tips and other relevant topics.
When working with a team you will sometimes notice that there are gaps in the knowledge that you need to help run your business. You have a few choices on how to handle the gaps in knowledge and skills of your team members.
* Identify Future Needs – It’s important to know what types of projects are coming up in the future so that you can identify potential gaps in the first place. If you know what types of projects are upcoming, you can let your team know so that they can also be aware of the types of knowledge and skills are going to be needed if they want to work on the project.
* Offer Training – It can be risky to offer training to contractors, but if you really like working with certain people you can offer regular training to them so that they can learn the skills needed to work on future projects. It’s best not to force them to take the training if they are contractors, however, as it may break the contractor/employer barrier for the taxing authority in your state or country.
* Hire Someone New – If you have identified knowledge and skills that are needed now or will be in the future, get serious about making a better description of the skills needed in order to find a new contractor or employee.
* Make Them Aware of Training – You don’t always have to offer training, but if you know what type of skills you would like for your team to have, you can at least tell them about training that is offered by other people. You can even use an affiliate link on your project management system and earn a little extra money while your team learns.
* Send Them Regular Industry News – Create an email list just for your team where you’ll share industry news, training, and other things that can help them learn more about the industry that you’re all taking part in.
* Offer Regular Feedback – When anyone on your team submits a project, be sure to try to send feedback about what they have done well and what they should improve upon. This is a good way to encourage their own learning on their own time.
* Encourage Team Members to Work Together – Some team members are going to know more than others. If you make it possible for them to collaborate on projects together, one can learn from the other.
* Set Expectations – It’s important from day one to set expectations for your team members. If they realize that continuing education is important to you, and they like working with you, they’re going to be a lot more likely to seek out training for themselves.
Handling gaps in the knowledge and skills of your team is something that every business owner must deal with, whether you hire only contractors or employees. There are ways to deal with it that work well without offending anyone. Just be honest and up front at all times and your team will follow your lead.