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Great Fun Speaking at Association of Registered Nurses – PEI

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Inspirational Funny Motivational Speaker for Nurses Week

When Audrey Fraser of the Association of Registered Nurses, Prince Edward Island contacted me to say she was seeking an “Inspirational Funny Motivational Speaker” for her nurses conference, I have to say I was intrigued because it is one part of Canada I had never visited.

The quaint town of Charlottetown is a wonderful bike ride, although I was sometimes asking “What do I want my Attitude to be?” when cycling up hill against really strong winds!! I love telling this Attitude story whether it is presenting as a funny motivational speaker to nurses or as a motivational leadership to the c-suite, the message about choosing your attitude is powerful.

Conor Cunneen-IrishmanSpeaks – Your Inspirational Funny Motivational Speaker for Nurses Week and Nurse Leadership 

I had an absolute blast speaking to the Association and was delighted to receive this wonderful testimonial from Audrey.

“Conor Cunneen was fantastic when he spoke to our 235 nurses. He nailed it on all levels: Learning, laughter, leadership, and always reminding us to keep the patient at the centre of our care.

We were absolutely delighted with this Irishman and his pragmatic approach to life and business. Thank you so much Conor. Thanks to you, 235 nurses are now planning their goals, thinking about what their brand will look like, what their attitudes should be and so much more.

You’re the best!!!!!”

The Irishman! Inspirational Funny Motivational Speaker for Nurses Week and Nurse Leadership

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks with a brogue to prove it!

I love my work and I love speaking to nurse groups. If you like what you see here, give me a shout. You’ll find the brogue is real!!

PHONE CONOR at 630 718 1643

Funny Inspirational Speaker for Nursing Leadership and Nurses week on The Gift of GAB

 Conor, I want to thank you very much for providing your excellent presentation at our event on Sunday.    You were a hit with the audience!!    I knew you would be.    Based on the comments and evaluations, our guests felt the program was OUTSTANDING!!!   We had about 175 turned in at the event. At first glance at the evaluation scores, about 95% rated the program a “5 – excellent’.

 

The cycling Inspirational Funny Motivational Speaker for Nurses Week and Nurse Leadership

Getting ready to cycle Prince Edward Island

PHONE CONOR at 630 718 1643

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Many a fine Irish Actor
Brought to the screen an important factor
Pierce Brosnan brought cool
We have charm from O’Toole
Never a word, from any detractor

For the Love of Being Irish – A beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written A-Z history of Ireland.

CLICK for your autographed copy

 

Mark Twain on Congress and Vultures

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Mark Twain on Congress and Vultures

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain, a Biography: Albert Bigelow Paine

Mark Twain on Congress and Vultures

I am often asked by readers of Suppose You Were an Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Polticians, what would the great humorist (and acerbic commentator) say of the current set of  geniuses we have in Congress.

Would he repeat what he wrote in The Gilded Age about the “vultures that now infest the filthy den called Congress?”

As a man who had a decidedly jaundiced view of politicians, he likely would not be surprised at the shenanigans that we see today. One thing is certain. His comments are as appropriate now as they were when he made them many years ago.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. 

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Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker

Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker

Tip #4 to a Great Workplace For Administrative Assistants (and everyone else!)

Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker Conor Cunneen writes: We are all creatures of our environment – The environment you create and the environment others create. When I reflect on the people I enjoyed working with, when I reflect on the people, bosses, colleagues, subordinates that I would go the extra yard for, one characteristic sticks out. These people were positive in word and thought.

There is one simple way to improve the positivity in your environment. Take a deliberate, intentional decision to use positive words in your conversation with colleagues. I’m not asking you to go crazy, but how often do you use words like

Amazing, Awesome

Bright, Bubbly,

Considerate, Cheerful

Dynamic, Delightful

Energizing, Effective

Focused,  Friendly, Fearless

 

You know that if someone says you are:

Amazing, Awesome

Bright, Bubbly,

Considerate, Cheerful

Dynamic, Delightful

Energizing, Effective

Focused,  Friendly, Fearless, that you will respond positively. You will appreciate that person who says positive things about you. Guess what? If you say positive things to that person, they are likely to respond positively and they will appreciate you.

So why not use positive words more often? Set yourself a daily Micro-Goal to say something positive to a co-worker or colleague today and everyday. Setting and achieving this MicroGoal will impact your colleagues and you in – guess what? – a positive manner.

 

Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals: Tip #2 to a Great Workplace

HEAR the words “THANK YOU.”

As a motivational speaker for Administrative Professionals who once relied on many a harried (and I admit sometimes underappreciated) Administrative Assistant to keep me someway on the right track, and now as a speaker for Administrative Professionals Day / Week, I often think about what makes the difference in a workplace environment. 

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Funny Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals Conor Cunneen on Choosing your Attitude even when stopped by the cops!

Laugh and Learn

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Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals: Here’s Tip #2 to a Great Workplace: HEAR the words “Thank You.”

I believe that there are some simple but highly effective tips, tricks and techniques to enhance the work environment. I actually position them as Micro-Goals. One basic Micro-Goal that anyone can adopt is:

Hear the words “Thank You.” 

Now, you’re probably wondering “What is the Irish guy thinking about?” Two of the most motivational words in the English language are “Thank You.” Quite likely, you were told those words a few times yesterday, but you did not ay attention – they went in one ear and out the other.

However, if you set yourself a daily Micro-Goal to actually HEAR the words “Thank You,” a few things will happen.

  1. You will do something definite to HEAR “Thank You.”

  2. Someone will appreciate what you have done.

  3. Your simple action will enhance that persons view of you, likely leading to a better work environment

  4. Because you have achieved a simple Micro-Goal, you personally will feel a sense of achievement – no matter how minor – and feel better about yourself.

Chicago Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker says:

Complement Your Colleagues

See blog Micro-Goal #1 to a great workplace: Complement your Colleagues from Conor Cunneen – Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals

Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker Chicago Milwaukee Indianapolis

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago-based Keynote Speaker providing Substance with Humor to:

IMPROVE

People Performance & Productivity – with a smile!

PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 to discuss how he can help Improve People, Performance and Productivity – with a smile!

Testimonials for Conor Cunneen

Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker

 

Conor, the evaluations for your program on the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) were fabulous.

Here are just some of the comments.
• Wonderful. Would recommend to anyone.
• The whole world should go through it to learn how to be a better person.
• Loved the potted plant story – brought tears to my eyes.
• He was great
• In depth look into myself instead of looking at others
• Positive, funny and impactful. I can relate to the stories

More Testimonials for Conor as a

Administrative Assistants Inspirational Motivational Speaker

 

* Humorous approach to often times difficult situations
• Great Presentation. Loved all of it.
• Lively presenter. Add humor to sensitive topics
• The content of the presentation and Conor’s stories – They were great.
• He was full of energy and had wonderful stories
• Thought-provoking. Fun with great information
• Great Stories to relate to everyday life

 

Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals Week

Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals: Tip #2 to a Great Workplace

HEAR the words “THANK YOU.”

 

 

As a motivational speaker for Administrative Professionals who once relied on many a harried (and I admit sometimes underappreciated) Administrative Assistant to keep me someway on the right track, I often think about what makes the difference in a workplace environment. I know the words “Thank You” are two of the most motivational in the English language. They are also words that employees at all levels need to hear more often and most definitely as a speaker for administrative professionals week, I strongly encourage the use of these words not just during administrative assistants / professionals week but every day of the work week AND every day of the weekend!

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Funny Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals Conor Cunneen on Choosing your Attitude even when stopped by the cops!

Laugh and Learn

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Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals: Here’s Tip #2 to a Great Workplace: HEAR the words “Thank You.”

I believe that there are some simple but highly effective tips, tricks and techniques to enhance the work environment. I actually position them as Micro-Goals. One basic Micro-Goal that anyone can adopt is:

Hear the words “Thank You.” 

Now, you’re probably wondering “What is the Irish guy thinking about?” Two of the most motivational words in the English language are “Thank You.” Quite likely, you were told those words a few times yesterday, but you did not ay attention – they went in one ear and out the other.

However, if you set yourself a daily Micro-Goal to actually HEAR the words “Thank You,” a few things will happen.

  1. You will do something definite to HEAR “Thank You.”

  2. Someone will appreciate what you have done.

  3. Your simple action will enhance that persons view of you, likely leading to a better work environment

  4. Because you have achieved a simple Micro-Goal, you personally will feel a sense of achievement – no matter how minor – and feel better about yourself.

 

Chicago Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker says:

Complement Your Colleagues

See blog Micro-Goal #1 to a great workplace: Complement your Colleagues from Conor Cunneen – Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals

Chicago Motivational Speaker for Administrative Professionals

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago-based Keynote Speaker providing Substance with Humor to:

IMPROVE

People Performance & Productivity – with a smile!

PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 to discuss how he can help Improve People, Performance and Productivity – with a smile!

Testimonials for Conor Cunneen

Motivational Humorous Speaker Administrative Professionals 

Conor, the evaluations for your program on the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) were fabulous.

Here are just some of the comments.
• Wonderful. Would recommend to anyone.
• The whole world should go through it to learn how to be a better person.
• Loved the potted plant story – brought tears to my eyes.
• He was great
• In depth look into myself instead of looking at others
• Positive, funny and impactful. I can relate to the stories

 

More Testimonials for Conor as a Funny Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker

* Humorous approach to often times difficult situations
• Great Presentation. Loved all of it.
• Lively presenter. Add humor to sensitive topics
• The content of the presentation and Conor’s stories – They were great.
• He was full of energy and had wonderful stories
• Thought-provoking. Fun with great information
• Great Stories to relate to everyday life

 

Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker: Complement Your Colleagues

As a speaker who once relied on Administrative Professionals to keep me someway on the right track, and now as a speaker for Administrative Professionals Day / Week, I often think about what makes the difference in a workplace environment.

As you will see from this short video clip, I truly believe that complements are one of the best ways to create a powerful and lasting bond with your fellow administrative assistants, work colleagues, subordinates or superiors.

Everyone appreciates complements.

Everyone also appreciates the person who gives the complement.

So, here’s the question folks. Do you complement your colleagues?

Chicago Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker says:

Complement Your Colleagues

CLICK to SEE Micro-Goal # 2: Hear the words “Thank You”
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Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

 

Chicago Motivational Funny Speaker for Administrative Professionals on:

Paying it Forward

PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 to discuss how he can help you Improve People, Performance and Productivity – with a smile!

 

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago-based Keynote Speaker providing Substance with Humor to:

IMPROVE

People Performance & Productivity – with a smile!

Testimonials for Conor Cunneen

Motivational Humorous Speaker Administrative Professionals 

Conor, the evaluations for your program on the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) were fabulous.

Here are just some of the comments.
• Wonderful. Would recommend to anyone.
• The whole world should go through it to learn how to be a better person.
• Loved the potted plant story – brought tears to my eyes.
• He was great
• In depth look into myself instead of looking at others
• Positive, funny and impactful. I can relate to the stories

 

More testimonials for your Humorous Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker

More Testimonials for Conor as a Funny Administrative Professionals Motivational Speaker

* Humorous approach to often times difficult situations
• Great Presentation. Loved all of it.
• Lively presenter. Add humor to sensitive topics
• The content of the presentation and Conor’s stories – They were great.
• He was full of energy and had wonderful stories
• Thought-provoking. Fun with great information
• Great Stories to relate to everyday life

 

 

The Very Impressive Lexi Thompson and Choosing Your Attitude

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Lexi Thompson and What do I want my Attitude to be?

In his wonderful book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote that everything can be taken from a person, except the ability to choose your attitude in even the worst circumstances.

Whether we like it or not, we all hit pot holes and speed bumps and  one person who really hit that pot hole yesterday was Lexi Thompson, and I am sure Viktor Frankl would be proud of her.

The very impressive Lexi Thompson

The young golfer was penalized FOUR strokes for an infraction that occurred the previous day after some “guy eating Cheetos at home” (per @SmylieKaufman10 ) felt obliged to report a perceived infringement.

A cruise to victory was derailed, but Lexi’s response was quite simply wonderful. Although obviously upset, she recovered sufficiently to force a play-off. She lost the playoff but won the admiration of so many with her Attitude including signing autographs for fans at the end of the day. You have to say “Well done, young lady.”

The Question To Ask When Things Go Wrong

When we hit those speed bumps and potholes, the question that will help you, the question that helps me regularly is “What do I want my Attitude to be?”

The question is powerful, because when you ask that question, you are unlikely to say, “I want to be angry, I want to be annoyed, I want to be upset. “

No, when you ask “What do I want my attitude to be?” you are much more likely to respond, “I don’t want to be angry, I don’t want to be upset, I don’t want to be annoyed” and having answered the question that way, you will make some effort not to be angry, not to be annoyed, not to be upset.

“What do I want my attitude to be?”  does work. Even when stopped by Illinois’ finest as the above clip illustrates.

Keep on keepin’ on, good people!

Things Bosses do to Drive Administrative Assistants Mad

Salary.com surveyed a number of Executive/Administrative Assistants and asked what annoyed them about their bosses. Some of the comments will make you smile, some might incite PTSD.

  1. Lack of Consistency in how they want work done.
  2. Part-time babysitter! Yup, the boss brings the kids into work
  3. Don’t take it out on me! The boss needs to vent at someone and, hey, who could be easier than  the ever present admin.
  4. I need it now! This despite the fact that the boss has had the past week to get the task completed!
  5. Double-check everything! Is there anything worse than a micro-manager?
  6. Lack of appreciation. This is not just a comment related to Admins. In general, we do not complement our colleagues, workmates and family enough. See Micro-Goal #1 to a Great Workplace. 

Administrative Professionals Week Speaker – Fun Video on Choosing Your Attitude

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago-based Keynote Speaker providing Substance with Humor to:

IMPROVE

People Performance & Productivity – with a smile!

Testimonials for Conor Cunneen

Motivational Humorous Speaker Administrative Professionals 

“Conor, the evaluations for your program on the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) were fabulous.

Here are just some of the comments.
• Wonderful. Would recommend to anyone.
• The whole world should go through it to learn how to be a better person.
• Loved the potted plant story – brought tears to my eyes.
• He was great
• In depth look into myself instead of looking at others
• Positive, funny and impactful. I can relate to the stories

 

Phone Conor at 630 718 1643 for a chat 

What Administrative Professionals (and others) Can Learn from Leprechauns!

 

More Testimonials for Conor as an Inspirational Funny Speaker for Administrative Professionals

* Humorous approach to often times difficult situations
• Great Presentation. Loved all of it.
• Lively presenter. Add humor to sensitive topics
• The content of the presentation and Conor’s stories – They were great.
• He was full of energy and had wonderful stories
• Thought-provoking. Fun with great information
• Great Stories to relate to everyday life

Administrative Professionals Week History.

“National Secretaries Week” was first held June 1–7 in 1952.

Key players in developing the concept of “Secretary” appreciation were Mary Barrett, President of National Secretaries Association, President of Dictaphone Corporation, C. King Woodbridge, and public relations account executives at Young & Rubicam, Harry F. Klemfuss and Daren Ball.

The week went through a number of iterations and since 2000 has been known as Administrative Professionals Week.


Speaker Administrative Professionals Week – Chicago-based Irishman Conor Cunneen


Chicago based inspirational humorous speaker

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago based keynote speaker and award winning humorist who gets a real buzz when booked as a speaker for administrative professionals week. Audiences love Conor’s impish presentation style, the wonderful, evocative and humorous stories he tells and above all as a motivational, humorous speaker, Conor gets a real buzz seeing a room full of stress-out, overworked administrative assistants laughing, learning and feeling appreciated.

Phone Conor at 630 718 1643 for a chat 

 

 

Who Was St. Patrick? Why is Shamrock Important to Irish?

Who was St. Patrick?
He’s our patron saint
Which is really quite quaint
He brought Ireland the faith
He made us holy and great
But Irish? St Patrick? He ain’t!

St. Patrick’s first visit to Ireland did not exactly evoke images of “Ireland of the Welcomes.” Captured by marauding Irish warriors, the Welsh or Scottish born 16 year old spent about 6 years in Ireland as a slave. After his escape, precipitated by a voice from God telling him to leave, he became a priest.

Patrick then returned to Ireland bringing the Catholic faith. Legend has it he drove the snakes out of Ireland. Well, the ones that crawl anyway.

St. Patrick and the Shamrock

Another legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity and how three could be one. To the native born Irish, the shamrock is a three leafed item. Technically it is a clover, but in our  thinking a four leaf clover is NOT a shamrock and it drives us nuts when the two are mixed up.

Today the shamrock is probably the fastest way for the stranger to appreciate an Irish association. You will find the shamrock adorning Aer Lingus planes, Glasgow Celtic jerseys and the windows of Irish pubs from Maine to Madrid.

Purchase your personally signed copy of For the Love of Being Irish today. ORDER NOW at Conor’s Bookstore

 

Micro-Goal # 3 to a GREAT Workplace: USE POSITIVE WORDS

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Definitions:

B-HAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal. 

S-HAG = Small HIGHLY Achievable Goal (a Micro-Goal)

 

Creating a Great Workplace

As referenced in previous posts, the Big Hairy Audacious Goal (B-HAG) is to create a Great Workplace, one that is welcoming, supportive, challenging and one that has colleagues saying “I like working there.”

Achieving a B-HAG normally requires Micro-Goals. These are Small Highly Achievable Goals (S-HAGs) which if completed on a regular basis WILL help you create that better workplace.

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“A small task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” Anthony Trollope

 

How often do you use Positive Words?

I have previously written about the power of a complement (Micro-Goal #1). In a similar vein, I encourage clients and my audience to use positive words in conversation with colleagues and clients, your spouse or kids.

Words count, So are you?

Amazingly Awesome,

Brilliant and Bubbly,

Cute and Cuddly,

Dazzling, Delightful, Delicious, Debonair,

Ecstatic, Exquisite and Energizing,

Friendly, Fresh, Fragrant, Flourishing

Gloriously Giggling, Gorgeously Graceful, Gentle, Glowing and Generous

(more below!)

Frederick Douglass: “Whatever constantly occupies your thoughts will magnify in your mind.”

 

You don’t need research by Positive Psychology gurus like Barbara Fredrickson to know that it is much more fun being around positive people than some Moaning Minnies. The same applies to your work colleagues. How do they see you? Do you change the vibe in a room, positively or negatively?

Everyone has down days. Everyone complains from time to time. That’s life. The challenge is to understand the balance between positive and negative phrases in your vocabulary.

You know positive words lift people.

You know positive words make you feel better.

You know work colleagues will respond better to someone who uses positive words and is complementary.

Ask yourself: “How often do I use positive words?”

Ask yourself “Have I used any of the following words (or similar) in conversation today?”

Excellent

Great

Fabulous

Positive

Superb

Enchanting

Buoyant (love that word)

Classy

Flourishing

Inspired

Magnificent

The MICRO-GOAL for you today is USE POSITIVE WORDS.

I promise you, the results will be BRILLIANT! 

and more positive words below!

Micro-Goal (S-HAG) #1: Complement Your Work Colleagues

Motivational Employee Engagement Speaker Chicago

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 to discuss how he can help you Improve People, Performance and Productivity – with a smile!

See Micro-Goal #2 to a Great Workplace: HEAR the words “THANK YOU”

 

Substance with Humor to:

Improve People Performance & Productivity – with a smile!

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks is an Irish keynote speaker, author and business humorist who claims to be happily exiled in Chicago, where he says the natives are friendly and he has been force fed more corned beef than he ever had in Ireland

“Fabulous, Compelling, Entertaining and Memorable.”

SITE Annual Conference, Malaga Spain

“In my close to thirty years of association work,

I have NEVER seen a speaker as well received as you.”

Incentive Marketing Association

WATCH: Conor on his YouTube channel – IrishmanSpeaks

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Heartwarming, Heavenly, Healthy and Happy

Inspiring, Invigorating and Irresistible

Jovial, Joyful, Joyous and Jolly

Keen, Kindhearted, Kindly

Loving, Lovely, Lucky – Luminous

Motivating, Memorable, Matchless

Nice, New, Nourishing

Opulent, Outrageous, Outstanding and Original

Peaceful, Perfect, Pleasing and Placid. Precious, Productive, Pleasant , Polite, Positive and Passionate

Quality

Radiant, Ravishing, Rapturous, Remarkable

Seductive, Satisfying, Sexy, Slick, Smooth and Soft

Tingly

Unrivalled, Unsurpassed. Unbeatable?

Vivacious, Vital, Vibrant, Vigorous

Warm, Wise, Wonderful – WOW

Xcellent, Xtraordinary, Xemplar

Are you Zealously Zipping with Zesty Zing and Zeal