Jody Urquhart

Jody Urquhart

Calgary, Alberta
Burnout Prevention, Health and Wellness and Healthcare Expert
Jody Urquhart is the top female motivational speaker with more than twenty-three years of experience, inspiring and entertaining audiences across the globe. Jody Urquhart is a highly soughtafter funny motivational speaker who brings her infectious energy and enthusiasm and connects with her audience in an inspiring and entertaining way.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days
  • Conference
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Corporate Audience


Jody Urquhart holds national and international recognition as a motivational speaker for a variety of audiences. She specializes in humour and purpose to enhance wellness and perspective. She always delivers the right message to revitalize audiences. Her infectious energy and enthusiasm come through each presentation. Because of her positive outlook and understanding of different industries, Jody is one of Canada’s most called-upon conference speakers.

Urquhart is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun at work. As a result of her dynamic speaking ability, she performs as a motivational keynote speaker at over fifty organizations and associations yearly. She is an eminent motivational congress speaker. Jody’s trademark is to deliver very funny motivational speeches; humour being a key part of her audience connection. Jody is a former stand-up comedian and often incorporates comedy and humour throughout all of her highly interactive presentations. Because of her humorous approach, audiences find it easy to retain her solutions and can implement her information.

Highly soughtafter funny motivational speaker Jody Urquhart is the author of All Work & No Say a bestselling book that shattered assumptions that work can’t be rewarding and fun. Jody also syndicated the column, The Joy of Work. Her new book, Bliss Out was just released and focuses on re-inspiring purpose with passion to help motivate company employees to derive more meaning and satisfaction from their work. Jody is a guest speaker for the GE Healthcare Tip-TV Program, broadcast in over 2600 healthcare facilities. As a result, Jody Urquhart’s insights and expertise earned her the 2008 Bronze Award in the 29th Annual Telly Awards for Excellence in programming this presentation.

A top female motivational speaker and consultant, Jody Urquhart never uses PowerPoint, instead she delivers Savvy, Uplifting and Funny advice to help your audience develop a buoyant, positive and meaningful perspective in the midst of stress and change. She has been a motivational speaker for over 20 years, Jody is a keynote speaker at over 75 organizations and associations every year. She consults with Fortune 500 healthcare organizations on recruitment and retention issues.  leadership and change.

Her work as a convention keynote speaker includes health care associations, financial institutions, corporations, parks and recreation bodies, government agencies, trade organizations, professional societies and many other groups. Jody Urquhart holds diplomas in Professional Speaking from Mount Royal University and in Management and Marketing from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic. In addition, she also studied management for three years at the University of Calgary. Her success as a speaker is a direct result of her degrees and her extensive knowledge within different industries.

Jody Urquhart always customizes her presentations to each audience with the help of her meeting planner. Due to her extensive research before each presentation, she has a customization questionnaire that helps her to make the program more relevant to your audience. Above all, Jody Urquhart’s presentations energize audiences, get them laughing, get them thinking and inspire them to achieve more.



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Jody Urquhart Topic Presentations

this would be funny... if it wasn’t happening to me! - how to navigate the future with enthusiasm & vigor

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  • Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t things just go the way I want for a change?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?” In this hilarious and provocative presentation, Jody shows you how to buoyantly face stress and navigate the future. Embrace challenging situations and people with new ideas, innovation and conviction.

    Increase your comfort and confidence in the face of stress and change. Through stand-up comedy, audience interaction and analogy, Jody Urquhart will unfold inspiration to compel the audience to appreciate that the way you lead yourself is the way you lead others, and all change starts with you.

    • Derive strength from change.
    • Embrace work with a sense of urgency, conviction and vitality.
    • Get your team on board with the change.
    • Move forward and feel good despite the uncertainty.

i love my job, it’s the people i can’t stand!

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  • This hilariously interactive, practical and inspiring presentation shows you how to develop healthy communication patterns with anyone. Learn to appreciate even the most difficult people! If you learn the hows of handling the most difficult situations and the most challenging people,  you can become a master of your emotions and put yourself in the best situation to resolve any conflict.

    Knowing how to deal with difficult people at work will allow you to approach your job with more enjoyment and your coworkers with greater confidence. Without compromising your dignity or respect. You can build a more productive, enjoyable and efficient workplace for everyone.

    • Learn the 4 basic personality styles, what they need and what they mean.
    • Understand how to adjust your message to different people and personalities to appeal to their convictions.
    • Communicate effectively in high-pressure situations and better manage your emotions.
    • Build a more productive, enjoyable and efficient workplace for everyone.

the nerve to serve, say hello to humor & goodbye to burnout!

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  • In an increasingly complex and demanding professional environment, we are excited to bring you a unique perspective from Jody Urquhart, an acclaimed professional speaker. In her dynamic session, “The Nerve to Serve: Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!”, Jody will guide you on a journey to discover the powerful role of humour and laughter in stress management and workplace efficiency.

    Jody demonstrates how humour is not just an antidote to stress, but a critical factor for maintaining balance and perspective amidst challenges. Learn to laugh at life’s obstacles and daily disappointments, thereby reducing emotional exhaustion and promoting a more positive outlook. Humour, as Jody will illustrate, equips professionals with the nerve to serve in the face of today’s multifaceted challenges. This enlightening session will not only change your perspective on the role of humour in the professional setting but also equip you with practical skills to handle stress effectively. We invite you to join us for a unique learning experience filled with laughter and insightful strategies.

    In this session, participants will learn to:

    • Laugh at the tough stuff: Jody will show you how to transform stress from a heavyweight into a source of light-heartedness. Explore the ability to take yourself lightly when stress insists, preventing it from being as draining or emotionally debilitating.
    • Say hello to humour and goodbye to burnout: Uncover the incredible power of humour as a tool for avoiding professional burnout, enhancing morale, and fostering a friendlier, less stressful, and more productive work environment.
    • Play along the way: Learn to incorporate a spirit of playfulness into your work routine, leading to improved productivity, focus, and job satisfaction.
    • Use humour, laughter, and play to rejuvenate your work life: Jody will guide you on how to breathe new passion and resilience into your work life using these essential elements.
    • Cultivate playful resilience to combat stress: Discover the concept of playful resilience, a coping mechanism that uses humour and laughter to shield against the adverse effects of stress

the hustle hangover: make passion a priority & leave struggle behind

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  • In this transformative session, Jody will guide you on how to shift your focus from ceaseless hustling to embracing your passion and true purpose. She’ll explain how an excessive focus on problems can leave you stuck in a ‘Hustle Hangover’, where your joy and inspiration are suffocated by hard work. Instead, she advocates for the need to fuel progress with feelings of happiness and success.

    Based on her groundbreaking new book, “Bliss Out”,Jody Urquhart guides you to reclaim your passion, reprioritize your efforts, and leave the struggle behind. Be ready to explore a new path filled with less stress and more success, satisfaction, and laughter. In this extraordinary session, Jody Urquhart, a renowned speaker and author, will help you navigate your challenges by tapping into your values and what motivates you for yourself and others. This talk helps you discover strategies to transform your work approach from problem-driven to passion, purpose and inspiration. Jody tools and actionable strategies help you move forward with vitality, injecting positivity into your day, and leverage renewed energy to drive your career, team and organization forward by unleashing the power of positivity. Unleash wild positive emotions.

    Participants will learn how to:

    • Rediscover Passion and Joy as a Catalyst for Results & Innovation
    • Find Opportunity and Potential in Uncertainty
    • Build Positive Momentum
    • Use Joy to Disrupt Stress
    • Focus Forward on Solutions instead of making Problems a Priority
    • Do More with Less and Love it
    • Align hard work with joy


bliss out! feel good & move forward in uncertainty

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  • In the face of constant hustle and unending ambitions, are you finding yourself often trapped in frustration or feeling stuck? Does the gnawing stress continually urge you to work harder, leaving you feeling unsatisfied, no matter the scale of your accomplishments?  Drawing insights from her groundbreaking new book, “Bliss Out”, Jody’s talk will be as hilarious as it is enlightening.

    In this session, Jody will guide you on how to move your focus from ceaseless hustling to acknowledging and enjoying your present bliss. She will show you the potential of shifting your problem-focused mindset to an imagination-led one that builds on hope, happiness, and success.

    During the keynote, participants will learn how to:

    • Rediscover Passion and Joy as a Catalyst for Results & Innovation: Gain new insights into how you can make passion and joy your primary drivers for innovative outcomes.
    • Find Opportunity and Potential in Uncertainty: Learn how to embrace uncertainty and harness it to uncover opportunities and realize potential.
    • Build Positive Momentum: Discover effective strategies for creating and maintaining a positive momentum in your professional life.
    • Use Joy to Disrupt Stress: Unravel techniques to leverage joy as a powerful tool to combat stress and foster a healthier work environment.
    • Focus Forward on Solutions instead of Making Problems a Priority: Gain a fresh perspective on shifting your focus from problems to solutions, fostering a more productive and positive work attitude.
    • Do More with Less and Love it: Learn the art of efficiency and joy in doing more with fewer resources and thoroughly enjoying the process.
    • Join us for this transformative session as Jody Urquhart helps you to bliss out, feel good, and boldly reimagine your future. Be ready to step into a path filled with passion, purpose, and a lot less stress.

follow me i’m right behind you! - how to lead & influence others

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  • The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. With today’s rapidly evolving workplace, strong leaders must influence and engage others. Through humour, insight and inspiration Follow Me I’m Right Behind You provides a lively, interactive look at how to inspire a spirited and resilient workforce that stays inspired focused and productive.

    In this gut splitting hilarious motivational speech learn:

    • How great leaders inspire and influence others
    • To create a culture of respect and appreciation with 4 keys to a great recognition culture
    • To increase Purpose and Vision
    • To create a sense of involvement and belonging

leveraging differences to foster equitable & thriving workplace cultures

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  • In our diverse modern world, where new team members are constantly joining the workforce and existing ones are transitioning into new roles, recognizing and valuing our differences is more important than ever. It’s all too easy to perceive these differences – whether they are age, gender, cultural, or personality differences – as obstacles that detract from an organization’s real treasure: its people. Renowned professional speaker and author Jody Urquhart confronts this perspective head-on in her transformative keynote, providing strategies that celebrate diversity and unity as powerful drivers for creating a thriving culture.

    Jody is a firm believer in the unique value every individual brings to an organization, viewing each person’s uniqueness as a strategic asset and a reservoir of untapped potential. This philosophy underpins her keynote as she guides participants to appreciate their distinctive qualities not as disparities but as valuable skill sets that enrich the organizational mosaic. Jody explores the concept of ‘people-first cultures’, illustrating how this approach nurtures an environment where everyone feels valued, supported, and empowered to contribute their best in the roles they occupy. This leads to heightened productivity and increased satisfaction among team members.

    Regardless of whether you are an aspiring leader or an established one seeking to diversify your team’s talent, Jody offers actionable strategies to harness the unique abilities of each team member. She illustrates how unity, fostered in an environment that appreciates and celebrates the diverse human tapestry, can lead to thriving individuals and organizations. By emphasizing unity and togetherness, and by creating an equitable and accessible environment, we can all contribute to a vibrant, productive culture where people are acknowledged for who they are and the invaluable skills they bring to their teams.

the joy of the job - keys to finding more fulfillment in your work – for healthcare professionals

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  • OK, you’re really busy. While you are dutifully doing your job, do you ever get a sense that you are disconnected from the purpose of your work? Do you sometimes find that your work lacks fun and enjoyment? Do you feel under-motivated and under-focused? Do you feel unappreciated? Is job stress and burnout getting you down?

    By adopting a humorous and fun approach to the challenges of keeping the daily grind engaging, motivational speech, the Joy of the Job inspires professionals to be focused and productive by nourishing the meaning, fun, and joy of their work. No more humdrum work days that put you to sleep; no more anxious waiting for the week to unwind!

    The Joy of the Job will turn around your attitude to the workplace and show you how it can be dynamic, fun, and attractive as well as being lucrative and productive. The Joy of the Job promises to be humorous, relevant and inspiring. It will bring synergy to any workplace and provide a lighthearted, yet effective balance for any program.

daring to be caring - lighten up and laugh for health care professionals

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  • Health care professionals consistently ignite the fires of hope in others. Daily, they muster the nerve to serve in a complex and challenging environment. Leaders in health care need tools to both energize staff members and to keep their own fires of hope burning. Through humour, insight and inspiration, Daring to be Caring shows healthcare leaders how to inspire a spirited and resilient workforce that stays focused on providing the most compassionate care possible. Working in health care can be complex, challenging, and chaotic – especially in this age of increased regulations. Join us for this motivational speech where we discover how laughing at our stress and the absurdity and intensity of our work can be the only serious way to survive it.


Jody has a very warm and natural sense of humour – she’s very funny!

Maria Shryer


Jody, you tell such rich and provocative stories, I find myself saying, I can relate!

Toby Merlin

Association Executive

Incorporating Brain-based training for enhanced learning and peak performance. The exercises and audience participation made the information really easy to use.

John Ricklin


Well done. My colleagues were commenting on how we are privileged to have had you speak at our AGM. I agree! Excellent topic for nurses, well presented and very entertaining!

C. Hamming


You couldn’t have said it better! I kept saying, “Wow, me too!” I feel inspired and hopeful. Thank you.

M. Reigler


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