Jody Urquhart

Jody Urquhart

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Burnout Prevention, Health and Wellness Expert, Funny Motivational Keynote Speaker

Fed up with living a mediocre life, Jody decided she wanted a memorable one instead. Her unyielding ambition fuelled her into the world of stand-up comedy, a place where she learned to roll with the punch lines and turn life’s lemons into delicious lemonade.

Jody is a motivational speaker and participates in over 100 events per year.

Her mission is simple, to eagerly empower worn-out professionals with humour, hindsight and hallelujahs. She firmly believes it’s not what you do that matters- it’s how you feel about what you do. With more than twenty-three years of experience inspiring and entertaining audiences across the globe, Jody Urquhart delivers uplifting, engaging motivational speeches that help professionals cultivate a much-needed blissful can-do attitude towards fun and meaningful work.

Every keynote is a stepping stone towards building the work-life you have always wanted.

She is the author of All Work & No Say’s best-selling book, a tongue-in-cheek insight into the rat race and how to reveal joy. Jody’s newest book Bliss Out shows people hard working people how cure a hustle hangover.

In her spare time, Jody loves to meditate and still performs stand-up comedy, but not at the same time.

Jody does not use PowerPoint- just pure engagement, inspiration and clean, catered comedy.

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Crazy Busy: Comedic Relief to Find Immediate Balance in a Fast-Paced World 

Do your days often feel overwhelming? Does your life resemble a three-ring circus? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us get trapped in patterns of self-made busyness to avoid uncertainty.

We fill our day with menial tasks to avoid doing the important ones. When your busyness is tied to your worthiness, it’s hard not to take yourself seriously at work.

Join Jody in this comedic adventure to expose the busyness patterns that overwhelm you and others. Together we will beat back busyness once and for all when you discover that you are not the problem, you are the solution.


  • 3 Signs your Working Harder, Not Smarter
  • Uncover Personal Patterns that Diminish your Productivity
  • 4 Time and Energy Drainers When Working from Home
  • To Take Yourself Lightly and Sustain Balance
  • Know Why you do Things the Hard Way

Hustle Hangover

Do workloads hang over your head from one day to the next? Is hustling around chasing after problems your daily priority? Does your day leave you feeling worn out? If so, you may have a hustle hangover.

Hustling after problems may be driving your results instead of purpose and inspiration. Hard work may be crowding out joy but you need feelings of happiness and success to fuel progress. This uplifting keynote will inspire you to leave the stress and struggle behind in favour of passion and purpose. You can get more done with less stress.

It all comes down to this: Joy is not a goal, it’s a feeling. It’s not something you have to work for,it’s something you have. Learn to rely on this innate passion to build positive momentum early on in your day to propel you forward. This keynote speech will inspire you to unleash wild positive emotion on your day and the vitality will move you forward.

This hilarious and inspiring keynote is based on Jody’s new book, Hustle Hangover


  • 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


The Nerve to Serve, Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!

Humour helps. The ability to laugh at life helps us deal with daily disappointments and setbacks. Humour gives professionals the nerve to serve in our increasingly complex and challenging environment. Join us as we demonstrate how humour helps you stay in control, stay positive, and maintain balance and perspective.

Participants learn how to:

  • Laugh at the tough stuff. When stress persists, be compelled to take yourself lightly, so the stress isn’t as heavy or emotionally exhausting.
  • Say hello to humour and goodbye to burnout
  • Play along the way and enjoy work while boosting productivity and focus
  • Be compelled to use humour, laughter, and play to breathe new passion and resilience into work
  • Engage a playful resilience to protect against stress

This Would Be Funny... If It Wasn’t Happening To Me! How To Navigate the Future With Enthusiasm & Vigor

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?” This hilarious and provocative presentation 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, we will unfold ideas that navigating the future has replaced change management. The future is the present and evolution is not optional.

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

I Love My Job, It’s The People I Can’t Stand!

Join us in this hilariously interactive, practical and inspiring motivational speech that shows you how to develop healthy communication patterns with anyone. Learn to appreciate even the most difficult people!

  • 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

Follow Me I’m Right Behind You! How to Lead & Influence Others

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

The Joy Of The Job... Take this Job & Love it!

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? 

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.

After experiencing the Joy of the Job, participants will:

  • Know how to bring more JOY to their job
  • Strengthen their commitment to the job
  • Find their get up and go
  • Recognize and appreciate others


BLISS OUT! Feel Good & Move Forward in Uncertainty

It only takes a few visionary people to move the world forward. We can all start imagining hope and potential when we take our focus off current problems.

Life is imagined and recreated with new inspiration, not by rehashing problems. 

Don’t let the uncertainty of today crowd out your ability to imagine a better future tomorrow. You need feelings of hope, happiness and success to fuel progress. This uplifting keynote will inspire you to leave the stress and struggle behind in favour of passion and purpose. 

  • Inspiration is a feeling, it’s not a goal.
  • Goals require effort and good feelings give you the momentum.
  • Skills are trained, not imagined. Imagination is much bigger than effort. Shaping the future of business has to feel good right now. 
  • Join us to bliss out on feeling good and reimagine a bold, beautiful future.

Daring To Be Caring: Leading A Spirited Health Care Team

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 healthcare need tools to both energize staff members and to keep their own fires of hope burning. Through humor, 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.

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Speaker testimonials

Jody was a much needed breath of fresh air in the virtual grind we have been living in for the last 7 months! Jody provided a fun and funny
virtual hour with lots of great ideas and real time humour to make sure we take the time to laugh to prevent burnout. She adapted her live presentation into a virtual filled with laughter and pizzazz that held everyone’s attention!

ROCHE Opening Virtual Keynote

You were the hit of the convention and your evaluations were terrific. Very Funny Motivational Speaker!

San Diego NeoNatal Conference

I can’t thank you enough for what you brought to our conference!!! I had so many come to me at the end of the day and say, “Bring Jody back again!” I certainly will recommend you to others. Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times for everything!!!! Such a funny motivational speaker- You are incredible!

Utah Bankers Conference Chair

Jody was the opening motivational keynote; wow- she blew me away, the conference has paid off already.

Parks & Recreation National Conference

Jody is always my favorite congress keynote motivational speaker; she brings comedy to real-world issues.

Niagara Peninsula Energy

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