Sample Motivation Speeches

Our sample motivational speeches give an indication of the variety of areas such speeches cover. Obviously each speaker has different needs and will be speaking in such diverse places as offices, rhetoric classes and community halls.
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Cut the clutter - get organised

Summary

This speech is suitable for motivating an audience to get their lives in order and get rid of the clutter that prevents this. It is suitable for any speaker to give either to students or to a general audience. It could also be used by a member of a group such as Toastmasters.

Sample

For many of us the clutter in our lives is like white noise. It surrounds us, invading our personal space. There is no escape. Every room in the house is the same and we have let it overwhelm us. We need to be better organised.

We think enviably of those few very efficient people we know. Somehow they manage to fit in everything. How they do and still seem happy and sane is a mystery to us. We are rushed off our feet and late for appointments. We forget to pay bills and take back library books. We are constantly late with assignments and have to forgo pleasurable activities to keep up.

Life, it seems, to a great many people, is a constant state of chaos. The bizarre thing is this state of being is not in the least bit enjoyable or relaxing. Yet becoming that other organised person seems an insurmountable task. We do not know where to begin

We even laugh at the premise that there is a connection between organisation and happiness. Cynically, we write off those who are well organised as lacking something better do with their lives. They are clearly trying to compensate for the lack of something else. Yet when we visit their house or perhaps see their office desk there is something that nags at us.

Privately, we wish things could be that simple and clear. The truth is, our own rattled, exhausted and distracted state is the proof. It is a direct result of the disorganisation and chaos in our life. There is a direct link between organisation and productivity. There is a connection too between the clutter of our lives and all the goals we want to achieve.

Freeing ourselves from clutter will have an immediate effect on our lives. We will feel calmer and more relaxed. We will know where everything is. We will find ourselves being more productive. We will be more effective in the things that we do. We will feel more creative and spontaneous. There will be an increase in our vitality and at the same time we will feel calmer and more ordered.

There is no doubt of the very real direct link that exists between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves. If one is out of balance, the rest suffer. Most of the things we can readily change are the physical ones in front of us. That means the clutter that we have allowed to build up around us. It overflows in our desks, places of work and in our wardrobes, kitchens and living spaces. It stuffs up our closets but our bedrooms and places of relaxation. It overflows out into the yard, clogs up our passageways and follows a trail down the basement and garage. We need to free ourselves. This stuff has to go.

Many of us can see the benefit here. We can appreciate the logic and the reasoning. Yet we still persist in thinking that there is some fundamental chemistry that separates us from the 'super beings' who manage to live, exist and even flourish in clean, tidy and ordered spaces.

The truth is there is no difference and you can be that person. We simply need to let go of all that 'stuff'. We know the logic we understand the science, but still we put off starting. There is an aspect of us that says, 'This might come in handy some day'. We really need to get a grip.

Deep down, this has no basis in reality. It is nothing more than a deep seated insecurity This is just a feeble excuse not to get started. We need to understand that insecurity for what it is. These people are closely related to the 'sentimentalists'. They hang onto every artefact from labels, newspapers, letters, to every picture their child has drawn. Not that these are stacked away somewhere special, they are often found stuffed in every available space.

Ask yourself what is important. Is it the past or the future? These artefacts need sorting out ruthlessly. Often such collections can be radically reduced, by simply saving the best or by 'scrap booking'. There are those who procrastinate, often thinking themselves as perfectionists not wanting to begin until tomorrow, or until they posses some as yet unidentified method of organisation. "I'll deal with that tomorrow," applies to dishes in the sink, housework in general, the clutter in the yard. The bad news for these types is that tomorrow has never got any more time than today. In fact it has less, as you will have lost today.

The best remedy is to begin now. 'Never put off until tomorrow the things you could do today', is a wise saying. 'Do it now,' boils it down a little further. The best remedy is action and we need to begin. Sure, you'd rather be doing something else but if you walk away now you will lose the day. It is a day that will never return and it will be lost to you forever.

Reschedule what you have planned. Better still make it a reward. Tackle this clutter, mess, heap of correspondence, one item at a time. Don't sit there not knowing where to start. Make out a list. It will the first of many, but already you will be freeing up your mind. Prioritise, that is work our what needs doing first, second and so on. Now choose where to start.

You are going to have to be ruthless. In your kitchen, in your office, at your desk and in your attic, things are going to have to go. Why? Because you need the space to relax and grow and finally start following your dreams.

This is not an exercise in punishment. It is one in liberation. Start a filing system, sort out those spices, go through that top drawer. Do you really need it? A good rule of thumb is if you haven't used it in a year, probably not. Don't want to throw it away? Instead of trashing it, why not recycle it? Think about what you could donate to the thrift shop/Red Cross/Salvation Army. Be ruthless, but in doing so you will be doing yourself a great kindness.

The truth is people who are organised have more time. They achieve more with that time. You can achieve far more if you are organised. It frees up other areas of your life. That means you have more time to spend on more rewarding tasks. You will need to devise a system, but think about this. The system you devise to keep things in order is a tool created by you, to free you. It is there to serve you, and not the other way around.

Organisation is a lifestyle choice. You do not stop when the sorting out is done. It is something that needs to be followed through. Otherwise the piles simply start to build up again. Create a filing system, have a place for bills, all the time be asking what can I deal with now? Once it is dealt with, it is gone. Leave it or ignore it and it begins to eat up space inside you.

Too much to deal with? Write it down, and prevent it from clogging up your head. Keep all your papers in a designated place. If you don't need it, recycle it, trash it or give it away. Start to use proven tools for organisation such as calendars, and filing systems. Tidy up your computer each day. Start to put things back exactly where you got them from. Encourage everyone who shares your space to do the same.

Organisation is not expensive, but THIS clutter is costing your dearly. Good organisation has underpinned all great enterprises from armies to industries. Organisation gets things done. It gives you time and the energy to do the really important things in life. Time is life, it is also a major irreversible resource. To waste time is to waste your life.

You simply must decide what you want from it and set your personal goals down. Do this for the short term, medium term and ultimately the long term. Getting organised will be your first objective and clearing the clutter is where you begin.

Cut the clutter - get organized
Cut the clutter, be organised
Throw out the rubbish and see
How much more you're able to do
How much happier you can be.
If you're on top of things
Life feels so very much better
Do you really need to hang on
To those old clothes and that old letter?
Clearing the decks for action
Is a naval saying, the attraction
Is that if you do, you will survive
By having room to shoot you'll stay alive
So clean up your act , de-clutter, get rid
And I guarantee you'll be glad that you did.

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Unleash your secret genie

Summary

This speech is suitable for motivating an audience to use their own power to make a success of their lives. It is suitable for any speaker to give either to students or to a general audience. It could also be used by a member of a group such as Toastmasters.

Sample

All of us at some time or other have wished for a secret genie or a fairy Godmother. We would like to rub the magic lamp and have the genie of our wishes appears. Who hasn't as some time wished that scenario a part of their lives? Most of us though have dismissed such fairy tale adventures as fantasy or wishful thinking.

Yet wishful thinking might not be so far from the truth after all. Don't some people seem to have all the luck? We are not just talking about lottery winners, but those who seem to glide from success to success in life. They are not just the wealthy but the blessed, the healthy and happy; they who seem to be fortunate and content in whatever they do. They may be in the minority after all life as we know it is not that way at all. It is hard and filled with struggle. We lurch from crisis to crisis. Wouldn't we like to have their luck? Wouldn't we like to know their secret? What if we could borrow their magic lamp for even just a little while?

The fact is we all have a secret genie. Every one of us has access to an incredible power of attraction. That power has the ability to grant our wishes. This energy is not magic or mysterious. It is a vital part of who we are and it resonates with a vibration that connects us to every living thing in the universe. The truth is if we chose, we could tap into this energy and attract the things we really desire towards us.

Quite rightly we are a little cynical about the idea of fairy godmothers and genies popping out of bottles. We know a lot of other things too. We know for example that we are made out of molecules and we are filled with and vibrate with buzz with energy. We know that our subconscious minds are filled with power and possibilities. We understand that 90% of our brain power or possibility is a mystery to us.

We have some idea too that if we believe something to be real or be possible, that knowledge or belief entirely changes the world and our perception of it. We know too that there is a certain truth in coincidence. Some people call it a self fulfilling prophecy. If we wake up expecting a bad day, a bad day is exactly what we get. If we feel happy, optimistic and look forward to an event, it often turns out to be an enjoyable and uplifting experience.

We understand that the mind is an incredibly complex and infinite place. Its potential to create and invent is unlimited. We know that mind power or rather our ability to control our minds, is an amazing resource. It can control our fears, and radically affect our determination. It can shape our beliefs and our faith.

Yet what is the mind exactly? We can't see it or touch it but our power and potential to direct it is limitless. It is an incredible resource and it is all yours. We are the people who began this speech avowing that we didn't believe in genies or fairy god mothers. Yet we have something just as powerful and awesome at our disposal - and look how we treat it!

There are other unlimited forces within us that have the power to shape and form our experience of the world. Ask yourself where your potential comes from. To fulfil 'my potential' is one of life's goals for many people. Yet we act and talk as if there is a limit to it. We talk as if the outcome of life is a matter of luck of chance. What though is the difference between the potential or one person and another?

For many years the goal of running a four minute mile was thought to be impossible. Then one person believed it to be possible and it was achieved. Suddenly the world was filled with four minute milers. Human endeavour is littered with such inspiring examples. Once something is thought possible, once the mind is set to believing it, it really happens. We live in a fascinating world of constantly changing possibility. The possibilities are literally endless. You have the potential to change your life, with every decision you make.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared with what lies within us and when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen."

Miracles, magic, spells and wishes all come from inside us.

The Universal Law of Attraction is one way of realising the potential within us to literally create magic and to make things happen. It is a belief that everything in the universe is connected and that we can use this connection to deliberately attract what we want into our life. The realisation of the potential of this understanding to change and alter our lives is immense.

Is it really possible to create what we want? Surely everyone would be summoning up piles of gold and luxury cars! The truth is that we believe such manifestations are impossible. Most of us believe that life works the other way around. They believe that the world deals out bad things to them. It is fairly easy to hear these people, they are everywhere. They are filled with blame and negative thoughts and feelings. To be honest most people think that life is game of chance, and that some people are simply lucky but the majority are not.

Imagine for a minute that you did not believe this. Imagine that by changing your way of thinking that you could actually change your life. Instead of concentrating on the negative, ban such thoughts from your mind. Reach for the thought that feels better at all times. Listen to your emotions as you select the thoughts, the experiences and things that you want in your life. Rather than spending time thinking about all the bad things that you do not want, concentrate on the good. What makes you feel happy in your heart?

Whatever you fill your mind with has habit of being attracted towards you. Focus on the positive and the light. Using your emotions as a guide, begin to focus on the good things that you really want in your life. Create in this space, this time and reality what you want in your imagination. In a way it is a little like entering a term into the search engine of life. Pressing 'go' is sending that thought or request out there into cyber space or the universe. 'Key' in destructive or negative terms and is there any surprise what will be thrown up?

You will be plunged into a whole stream of negativity, hate, doom and gloom. Change the scenario by putting in positive terms and suddenly the universe is filled with people, places circumstance and events brought about by inspiration. Your thoughts have indeed become a reality. The fact is the universe is full of all of these things. You can choose the ones you want to be surrounded by though your own magic wishes. Your secret genie is just another way of describing the incredible power and potential we all possess.

What do you really want? This is vital question. Do you remember the old fairy tales, when upon being granted three wishes, the subject usually responds by blowing the first two and using the third just to get back to normal? You really have to know what you want.

The truth is piles of gold or luxury cars are not what we need or not what we should be asking for. Your potential is more than that. It may be possible that you don't know what you want. You can find out. Begin by listing all those places where you don't want to be. Identify what you don't want. Now turn that around into positive statements that focus on what you wish to change.

Make a list of these statements or desires. They might be things you enjoy or love. They might be things that would benefit you and if possible, others. Visualise yourself doing these things. Make them your secret mantra, focusing on them upon waking and before sleep. Make the connection between the universe and your heart. You might be surprised to find the things that you can put into motion.

You have the ability to turn things around. The universe is listening. Your dreams as you visualise them are taking shape. The search engine of the universe is throwing together all the combinations you will need. You are harnessing the most powerful force in the universe and that is your mind.

Your mind is like the sky. It connects with everything else and stretches to infinity. The connection guided by your emotion links your heart to the universe. There is no stronger or more vital connection in life. Where do these feelings and this power come from? They come from you. It lies within each and every one of us but we must believe in it. If we find ourselves feeling negative, move back to the positive. Learn to focus on our desires and send out our good intentions.

Now comes the interesting part, taking action. Not just action but inspired action. You must allow things to happen and you will not do this by lying in bed simply meditating on good things. The search engine turns up web sites, contacts, addresses information. It gives you all sorts of ways forward and this is what happens in life. Act like you are already there in your mind but of course you have to 'activate' the opportunities being handed down to you. Above all, you must look around you to pick up on the gifts and help that is there.

You must do more than simply hope, you must believe. When you desire with belief it can happen. When you focus positively you allow things to manifest as reality. Yet you must take action. You must ask yourself the question, how can I get to where I want to be? It will require effort and it may even seem to be difficult and yes, you will make mistakes. You will need to look for signs. The universe will be sending them to you but you must look for them, recognise them and follow them.

The rewards if you can do this will be more than worth it. They will be more than plies of gold, or palaces and limousines. They will be a sense of self worth, happiness and contentment for which even Aladdin himself would be happy to trade the magic lamp.

Unleash your secret genie

We all have a genie deep down inside
But most of us don't realise
That we can unleash its magic power
To become happy or healthy or wise.
But if we just realised the fact
That we could do so much more
That life would be full of amazing chances
To opportunity we'd open the door
So try to listen and to understand
That life would be brilliant and grand
If you believed, reached out for the best
That's available, go on try this test
Self confidence, self belief call it what you will
That genie will help you your wishes fufill.

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Find the motivation to work

Summary

This speech motivates your audience to work harder at finding the things they can do rather than in finding excuses not to do them. It is suitable for any speaker to give either to students or to a general audience. It could also be used by a member of a group such as Toastmasters.

Sample

The word motivation means different things to different people. It is not something that comes in a package or in a special offer. It is not a set factor. It is as individual as we are and comes from inside us. It is an inner energy that we must muster or find. It can be an extraordinarily powerful force. The motivation of single individuals can change the path of the world. Where, we ask, do people find that kind of strength and determination?

All the more extraordinary then that motivation is purely "thought." The way we feel about something can sink us into lethargy or drive us into a frenzy of activity. It is those thoughts put into words that provide us with the fuel for motivation and that is what we call encouragement. The trouble is finding that encouragement is not always easy.

It is amazing that our thoughts alone can be responsible for such a powerful force. The fact is that we are the product of what goes on in our minds. Yet many of us think negatively about our prospects, our dreams and our ambitions. We allow the reality of our day-to-day work to get us down. We become disconnected from our path and our ambitions. We become discouraged and lose our motivation.

When we were younger, we dreamed big dreams. It seemed a simple process to imagine a world in which we could be whatever we wanted. Dreams were a big part of our reality. Positive thoughts poured out of us and things seemed to be very simple. Of course, we grew and learned very quickly that things did not just happen. We learned that we had to put in effort and even hard work to get what we wanted.

Many times we gave up and decided to opt for easier options. Strangely enough we discovered that there were no easy options and as a result we became dissatisfied. We lost the thread that connected us to our dreams. The stars remained high and bright in the sky yet we trod with heavy feet through the world of responsibility nursing grievances. We blamed others for our disappointments. Routine responsibilities seemed to engulf us. Family, school, work, financial and other obligations took over. We became at the mercy of these forces and relinquished control and responsibility for our own destiny.

At this low point, motivation that needs to come from inside ourselves is replaced with having to do things in order to please others. Things may be sweetened for a while by incentives. We might plan holidays or work for bonuses, telling ourselves that we deserve to have something to look forward to.

Yet none of these things, including the goods that we buy with our rewards for service, seem to make any difference. Too soon, we have to face up to the reality. The debts must be paid. We grudgingly return to work in order to fulfil our 'responsibilities.'

We need to change this sad state of affairs. We need, somehow, to rise above this and take a look over the parapet. Somehow we must find that motivation again. We must find one that is linked to what we want and to what we are inside. We must find a reason to feel alive, to look forward to the day and to immerse ourselves in life with a capital 'L.' We must find love, passion and enjoyment in everything we do, knowing it is a step towards our greater goal.

The fact is that there are always going to be tasks that we have to do that we dislike. This takes us back to where we discovered that life could be hard work. Accept this fact and move on. Deal with it and 'Do the thing.' Sweeten unpalatable tasks with small rewards and incentives. Do them for the love of someone else. Get down to work with someone else and share the burden. Why not trade that chore with another?

At the end of the day we have to separate the small unpleasant things from the bigger picture. This is your long-term dream and ambition. You may wait on tables or clean the kitchen now, but ultimately you are going to own a chain of very successful restaurants.

So, how do you get from washing the dishes to running an empire? Unbelievably the motivation required is the same. It comes from the same place, which is inside you. You start with the big picture. Focus for a minute on what you really want. Accept that this will be hard work. It will require sacrifices but it can be done.

Speak directly to your heart. Have a 'No holds barred' honest conversation with yourself. Your subconscious mind is a powerful place. It can win you Olympic gold medals or it can leave you shaking with uncontrollable fear, unable to walk across a bridge. Learn to speak with your subconscious. It will do what you tell it to. This will depend on one thing only and that is the thoughts that you feed it. So, your challenge is to dream your dream, focus on the bigger picture and feed your mind only with positive thoughts about how you will get there.

Most people feel insecure and out of their depth at some times. We feel this way if we do not think we have the skills to reach our target. Skills can be learnt, so set about learning them. Find out where to go to acquire them. You might already be in a good place. The dishwasher is only a few feet away from the chef.

In between washes, offer to prep vegetables. Come to work an hour earlier and stay later. Offer to help, not simply because you are a nice person but because you want to learn. Start to acquire more skills. Make yourself invaluable, the more you learn the closer in steps you will come to your goal. Give yourself challenges and seek opportunities to push yourself. Get outside of your comfort zone.

It's interesting to note how so much of our daily conversation is so negative. The words we use and the body language we display is relentlessly downbeat. We need to focus on turning this around. Problems become opportunities and as for failure; it is the most valuable learning experience you can have. We need to move from a position of having to do something, towards being in control. It takes a little courage and a little nerve, but no more than sitting on a bicycle without training wheels for the first time! Choose to do something and you are taking control. If you 'have' to do it, or are told to, then you have lost control.

The vegetable prep in the kitchen, leads to one day a week at catering college. That leads to responsibility, which in turn leads to experience and more qualification. Before too long you are a professional chef, experimenting with and being complimented on dishes you have created. You are a step away from owning your own restaurant. The motivation and the drive necessary is the same as when you were stuck washing dishes in a dead end, low paid, "have to" job that you resented.

Get out there, get exercise, give yourself some lift. Get moving get motivated, take risks, find new perspectives. Immerse yourself in reading about successful people, you'll find it's all the same: drive, determination, and a refusal to give up. Above all paint yourself into the big picture of your success and self-belief. You were put on this earth to make a difference, accept nothing less. The sooner you start, the sooner you will succeed.

Find the motivation to work
To find motivation's not difficult
It's really just up to you
If you have a dream to be realised
Here's just what you have to do.
You should look out for life's chances
Get better at the things that you do
Work hard at improving yourself
Make yourself the best of the crew.
To live your dream and make it come true
To find motivation , here's what to do
Believe in yourself and follow your star
Such self-belief will help you go far
Never give up, you can and will do it
Have that attitude and you'll never rue it.

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Business Motivational speech

Summary

This speech is ideal for motivating an audience into believing the bonuses to business of accepting diversity in the workplace. It may be used by a business teacher or by a trade unionist or, in fact, a manger or executive who wants to motivate an audience to share his/her beliefs. It may also be used as a general speech by a member of a group such as Toastmasters.

Sample

There is a change in the weather ahead for all businesses. It is one being shaped and swirled by the changing winds and tides of human demographics and markets. It will affect every business - and will threaten the very survival of many. We will, quite literally, need all hands on deck if our businesses are to survive. We've got to face the challenge of embracing diversity. The figures, solid projection borne out by the last few decades, are astounding. Any business hoping to survive and thrive should be listening and acting now

No one should be in any doubt of the power of minorities to changes the status quo. By 2008 projected figures state that women and minorities will represent 70% of the new labour force. By 2010 34% of the US work force will be non Caucasian. In the next decade it is estimated that 75% of new workers will most likely be from Asia. The US and Europe combined will provide only 3% of the world's new labour force. These figures are not just a matter of race or ethnicity, they are a demographic shockwave that is set to revolutionise spending patterns and markets.

We have always taken great comfort from the fact that good business should be like a well-designed ship. The market is its ocean, with all the currents, tides and swells and occasionally the Bermuda triangles. A well designed ship will have everything on board fastened and functioning to the best of its ability. It will navigate well to take advantage of the winds and the elements can offer it. Like a good business it will sail, with the wind, its crew all knowing their function and their duties.

Each individual crew member is an individual, yet they will pull together knowing that their similarities and goals are far more important than their differences. Their pride in their voyage and their skill and their destination and even their journey together is something that they will tell with relish. They will listen to and learn from each other. They know they are not here through luck, but through skill and determination. They understand that any ship not taking full advantage of the winds will lag behind and even perish. The backers know this too, they pick a wise experienced captain who knows how to get the best from his or her team. This will be a captain and officers who on a long voyage are open to the new. They will be able to improvise and appoint. That team will by its nature be diverse. Its skills will be different yet complimentary. They will understand and even look upon their voyage in different ways. Yet no one doubts the value of such diversity. It is what life is made of. We must act as facilitators to allow this diversity to happen in our own particular businesses.

It is strange then to hear the cry for a more diverse work force is any surprise at all. The surprise is that we have avoided the situation for so long. Diversity is the only way a business is gong to sail the waters of the coming decades and probably for centuries ahead of us. The reality of women's equality in the work force has been with us for many decades. Worryingly for some business even that vital equation is still not seen as a 'fait accompli'.

The same may be said for issues of race and disability. Yet the writing is on the wall for far larger and more comprehensive changes. These are not being brought about by philanthropic magnates with big hearts. They are being brought about by demographic and economic realities. There are vast changes that are some of the biggest waves and currents that our ship, no matter what it size, is gong to have to face. Ignoring them will leave any ship floundering.

Already minorities account for trillions of dollars worth of spending power. That spending power will in a few decades outpace that of traditional Caucasian consumers Business are finding that in order to survive, yet alone compete and to expand it must understand and move into these markets. Doing so is an essential part of diversity.

The need for change is also being driven by the demographics of aging 'baby boomers' (those born between 1944- 1960). This massive group is already beginning retirement. Yet there are simply not enough young applicants to fill their places. By 2010 the US work force will have an increase of 29% 45-64 year olds, and 14% of those who are 65 years old plus. At the same time they will experience a one percent decline in the 18-44 age group. Things are changing faster and more irrevocably that we could have imagined a few decades ago.

Diversity must be understood and embraced. It must become an intrinsic part of our philosophy. The remarkable thing is that such diversity is really far more than a matter or survival. It means embracing and celebrating the differences of every individual. This extends through age, class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. It also has important ramifications for spiritual and religious beliefs as well as disabilities and educational status. We have moved on from the idea that everybody is in reality the same. We are patently not and a good job too.

We are living in an age when flexibility and creativity are the keys to competitiveness. We should be seeking not just diversity but the values in our differences. Yet too often we are operating from old stereotypes and fears. It is part of the human condition reflected in business is that fear or a sense of threat is often met with a desire to cling to traditional and safe patterns. We find some solace in those whose appearance reflects our own as well as their outlook. In fact the very thing that is needed is expansion and inclusiveness to working with new ideas and new people who can help us discover more for ourselves.

Many corporations establish businesses in third world countries simply because lower costs mean higher profits. In doing so they are missing out on a great opportunity to embrace diversity. The people who work in these corporations may not have the same technical skills as those at home but perhaps they have more imagination, more knowledge of local needs. They have sometime more to offer than a cheap labour force. Busiensses have to realise this and seek out what they have to offer.

These are emotional issues. No two human beings are the same after all. Diversity no matter on what it is based is a rich and perhaps the richest resource we have. It is the source of all creativity and innovation. It is seeing things differently and without that ability we would have ground to a halt a long time ago as a society. Yet we have in front us a compelling reason but also an obvious challenge for change and a celebration of experience honesty and inclusiveness. We should be grabbing it with both hands.

On one level it is simply reflecting our avowed beliefs for every individual. That is our belief in equal rights and equality of opportunity. On another level our hands are being forced by these great tidal waves of change and the very existence of globalisation itself. More than that we should be way ahead by now seeing what a tremendous benefit such diversity can be for business. No matter what the business recognising diversity means a benefit for the individual, the organisation and for society as a whole.

Employees who are feted and celebrated do not have the grievances often felt by those who feel they are discriminated against. They might too find that costs of training are more than recouped by staying longer in a place of work. Employees will be and if that business is contributing to their community, they will take more pride in that work. The benefits and positives are obvious. The statistics are staggering and may mean the difference between a thriving and surviving business and a diving business.

Encouragement of workplace diversity is no longer wishful thinking or a option. It is going to be an essential facet of every business wishing to succeed. In turn it will bring that business, greater adaptability and flexibility. It will mean that a business in a position to attract the best talent from a range of groups. It will mean potentially vast savings in turnover, absenteeism, and training. It will mean a good return on investment on policies in these areas. It will mean greater creativity, interest and dynamics. It will mean an expanded market share of local and global business. It will mean increased sales and profits. It will mean a happier ship with its sails full of wind.

We must embrace diversity in the workplace
The world it is a changing place
And we should all change too
Realising that such changing times
Will mix age, gender and hue.
Workforces will be different to
The ones we've known before
It's time that we prepared for
The future that's in store.
We've got to have an open mind
Do our research and we will find
That minorities will take their place
That in our businesses we've got to face
The fact that diversity is here and now
We must embrace that change somehow.

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