I Love Lunch Ladies | Education Speaker Brad Montgomery

I was recently in Illinois speaking at a teacher in service.  I LOVE speaking for educators!   And happily, this group was pleased to see me too.   How do YOU know if your motivational speaker is any good? There are several ways to guarantee success but one way is to hear from former clients. Check out this video:

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Brad Montgomery
Speaker for Educators, Motivational Speaker, Fan of School District In Services

For those of you who prefer to read, here is the transcript:

Brad:    Hey it’s Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com.  I just worked in McHenry, Illinois as an Education

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Speaker; total blast.  They had me do three different sessions; it was sort of like a teacher in service, but they had everybody there, classified and non-classified staff.  It was a blast and the cool thing it went well, so let’s listen to see what my client Fred had to say about it.

Fred:    Hey I’m Fred Laudadio, and I am the Director of Learning and Technology for McHenry school district 15.  We used Brad Montgomery for our opening day, and our school district is eight schools; 5,000 students and about 500 staff members.  So, Brad did an excellent job.  He made people laugh until they cried and people just truly enjoyed his humor and his magic.  In making the decision to choose Brad, it really came down to who would be the best fit for our school district and truly somebody with a  vision, but also that uses humor that is important to a lot of people.  And we took a risk, because in previous years, the speakers we were able to go watch personally before we chose them and with Brad he was actually across the country, I believe in Mexico with his family at the time, and so we did a lot of work over the phone and we also called a couple of other school districts that he presented at.  And to no regret, Brad was phenomenal and I would recommend to anyone for educational presentation or any business presentation.  So thank you very much.

Brad:    No, thank you.  You said something that you’re already getting feedback, electronic feedback, personal feedback, can you speak to that?

Fred:    Yes, it’s only been about a half an hour since Brad spoke and we’ve gotten e-mails from teachers, we’ve had administrators already approach us, we’ve had even our Superintendent say to previous years’ speakers, we honestly don’t know how you can match one speaker from one year to the next, and you know, Brad has met the challenge to the tenth degree.  So everyone was very pleased and feedback is coming in via e-mail and even face-to-face from a lot of people.  So, whoo hoo.

Brad:      And one more thing, you took advantage and I thought were smart, to have me do multiple sessions.  Tell them what we did and how did it work.

Fred:    Sure.  This is our big opening day and so what we do is we meet with all of the certified staff, teachers, secretaries, any classification meets and so that is a huge presentation.  And so that is what we did first today and that was about an hour and fifteen minutes long and Brad completely nailed it which was fantastic.  Then, we met and we did something different this year and that was because Brad was flexible and agreed to that, was we took our administrative staff and we brought them into the learning center, and we have about 35 to 40 of them on our team, and Brad gave them a message personalized just for them and tailored to what we as leaders need to do as an inspiration for the people that work underneath us and that’s at all levels, from both a central office level and a school level.  And lastly we met with the food service team for the school district.  A team that not necessarily has ever gotten somebody to come and speak to them and motivate them; a particular team that has a lot of turnover and a group that needs motivation.  And so Brad came in and was able to speak with them and gave them a message that they were able to walk away with and even just five minutes ago we’ve had three or four food service people come up and thank him for the message that he gave them.  So three completely different crowds and three very inspired groups of people.

Brad:      Thanks.

Fred:      You’re welcome.

Brad:      **** as that, but one of the things that I wanted you to notice from Fred is that if you’re booking an education speaker, you might want to think about using me, taking advantage of me in a good way, the same way Fred did.  So, he had me do a key note speech for all of his educators, for classified and non-classified staff.  And then we followed that with that deal for the leaders, and that was a really cool moment where we took the administrators, put them in a small group, and then we shaped the message and kind of reminded them specifically as leaders how does this message apply to you.  How can you use levity and lightheartedness and happiness and joy to make sure that your job as an administrator is, you know, that you’re running at full speed.

And finally, how cool was it that he separated the nutrition folks, you know, they were lunch ladies.  They were surprised, totally surprised to have a speaker come in for them, and it was also fun, because they were really quiet, but in the end it was clear that that was a great investment of time and fun.

So, if you’re looking for a speaker to come speak to your school district, or your schools, if you’re looking for an educator speaker that’s funny and can still make it relevant, I’d love to be your to be your guy.  Come visit at BradMontgomery.com.  Thanks.

Military Speaker Kills (That’s a joke people!)

I love being a motivational speaker. But honestly, there are some jobs that are more fun than others. And for me, that often means military audiences. (Hey corporate and association pals… I love you too! But you got to admit it: the military is special.)  If you’re looking for a military speaker you want to make sure they are good; check out this video from an Air Force event I did….

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Brad Montgomery
Military Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Fan of the Air Force



For those of you who prefer to read, here is the transcript:

Speaker: And in all of the years that we have done this, this was the absolute top event and over the top, hit the message right on.

Brad: The point is that tiny, tiny changes when added together can make a huge difference.

Speaker: I wasn’t quite sure going in. We had a couple of questions; was it the right speaker? Was it the right message? I have no doubts today. If you’re out there, you know, Sergeant Snuffy, Airman, Colonel, Mister looking at an event, Brad was the guy. He was a great guy for our event. Everybody left from the top to the bottom knowing it was one message. For our group, two at the same time, you know in the military we’re an industry. Time is important. Saving money is important and what we do every day, and we can either enjoy it, or we can make our lives miserable and regret all the cuts that’s coming down the line, and he just picked everybody up and gave us a new focus where we can look at life a little bit differently and go out and do our jobs, so hey, book Brad Montgomery

Brad’s Newest Preview | Check out Brad on Stage!

We’re pretty proud of this latest video. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker how in the heck do you know if they are any good? It’s not brain surgery… and it probably starts with the video.

1) Check out their video. Watch it closely. Is there enough there for you to REALLY get the feel of that speaker?
2) Check out the references. See videos of them. Contact them. Any speaker can find a handful of happy clients; you want to make sure your speaker has a LONG list of raving fans.
3) Talk to your speaker; make sure you feel like you can work with them and that the “get” what you are trying to accomplish.

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Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Owner of a Brand New Preview Video

Makeup Fail! Dress Up for Joy?

I’ve got myself all dressed up purdy for Halloween. But I’ve also got a pretty cool point about using levity and humor for a tool. Check out the video:

What’s my point?   What are you gonna DO today to createvideo levity, lightheartedness and joy?  For yourself? For your family?  For your organization?  Your team?   All of the attitude adjustments in the world are great, but without action you have nothing.

So get out there…and act happy.   Your people need you.  And it will help you to get what you want.

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Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Halloween Fan

For those of you who prefer to read, here is a transcript of the video:

Hey, it’s Brad Montgomery from BradMontgomery.com. Happy Halloween! All right, so I love Halloween for a lot of reasons, but one of them is I get to dress up like a complete idiot and it’s okay. Check out the cool shoes!

All right, so what is my point and what does this have to do with you? The reason I like Halloween, besides the Snickers, is you get to dress up you get to have fun. You’re not only allowed to have fun, you’re encouraged to be a little bit goofy, and when I am speaking to my audiences, one of the messages that we give them, whether we’re talking to managers or to leaders or to entire organizations, we’re saying, ìIf you want to have a better workplace culture, if you want to bring levity and lightheartedness and humor to work, part of it yeah, is mindset, part of it is sort of a mental game, but in the end, it comes down to action. What are you going to do? What are you going to do to create joy and levity and fun in your life?î

So Halloween is perfect. You can act crazy and get away with it. Now, if you don’t feel like acting like a complete dork on Halloween, I don’t really care, but the point remains, and Halloween, I think, emphasizes that we’re allowed to do something, we’re encouraged to do something and if you really want to succeed to make your work culture fun, your family fun, any organization you’re part of fun, it’s going to require action on your part.

All right, Happy Halloween. Trick or treat. My name is Brad Montgomery. There’s more on BradMontgomery.com. Woo-hoo!

How To Make a Michelada | Michelada Recipe

Many of you know that I lived for a year in Mexico.  There are a million things I love about this country, but the most thirst quenching thing on that list is a delicious beer drink called a Michelada.  My pal Oscar taught me the real deal recipe, and now we’re teaching you.

There are many michelada recipes on the web teaching people how to makemichelada recipe micheladas. And I’m here to tell you that all of these recipes are WRONG. So I’m going to teach you the right way to make a genuine Mexican Michelada.  (Mi amigo Oscar, un Mexicano verdad, me lo enseno.)

For those of you who don’t like videos, or simply found it confusing, read the michelada recipe here:

How to Make Michelada:

Michelada Ingredients:

Lots of Limes

how to make a michelada

Don't Skip Tajin!

Salsa Inglesa
Jugo Maggi
Pacifico or Corona (Doesn’t matter which one)
Tajin (A mixture of salt, lime flavoring and chile powder)
Clamato (optional)
Hot Sauce.   (Also optional.)   Use Valentino brand…not the American Tobasco.  They taste different.   I like a couple of drops.  My pal Oscar doesn’t like any.)
Beer.   Oscar thinks you should use Pacifico or Corona.  But we’ve made them with a darker Negro Modelo and they are pretty tasty with that too.

Note: Where in the heck do you buy Tajin, Salsa Inglesa and Jugo Maggi? Well, as I write this I’m living in Mexico and they are as easy to find as catsup.  But my guess is that no matter where you live, you’re not that far away from a Mexican grocery store or tienda.   Go track one down and buy this stuff.  You’ll be glad you did.  Seriusly, I cannot imagine a michelada without the tajin.  The lime juice and the Jugo Maggi and the Salsa Inglesa are pretty important.   But the Tajin — or some substitute brand — is crucial.

Tajin is simply the most common brand of the dried chili, dehydrated lime and salt mixture.  There are many other brands;  I’ve tried 3 or 4..they are all good.

Michelada Recipe.

First, cut a lime and rub it around the rim of your glass.  Then pour a bunch of Tajin (the chili / salt / dehydrated lime mixture) on a small plate.  Invert your glass and rub the wet rim in the tajin, making it stick.  (This is like salting a margarita glass, only substituting Tajin.)

Add the juice of 2 or three small limes, or perhaps 1 larger lime.  Add more juice than you think.  Now add some more.

Add a couple of shakes of Jugo Maggi.  And a couple of Shakes of Salsa Inglesia.

Salsa Inglesa

Salsa Inglesa

This is a “to taste” sort of thing.  I like to add extra Maggi.  But it’s up to you.

If you like, add some Clamato.  Just about 1/3 of a cup.  But again it’s a to taste thing.  If you like more, go for it.  Less?  Fine!  Not at all…. sure, no problem.

(I’ve seen the difference of “chelada” and “michelada” described as with or without the Clamato.  My my pal Oscar, who was born in and lived in Mexico City for 20+ years thinks they are both micheladas.  So who am I to doubt him?)

Add ice.  A bunch of ice.

Fill your glass up with beer.

Add a couple of pinches of Tajin.

Stir it up.  Drink it up.

Repeat as needed.

Finally:  Don’t be an idiot.  Don’t drink and drive.  Don’t over do it. And don’t….please don’t…. fail to get the right ingredients.  You need the Jugo Maggi, the Salsa Inglesa, and especially the Tajin!  It’s worth the trip.  It will make your michelada genuine.  And most important, it’ll make it tasty!

Cheers!  Salud!

See the how to make a michelada recipe video on YouTube
Read a post about how to make a michelada on my other blog.

Leave comments with questions or results.

Brad Montgomery
Motivational Speaker, Friend of Oscar Montes de Oca, Lover of Micheladas