During my visit to London for the 2012 Summer Games I got inspired for a blog series. In the London Underground, “Mind the Gap” is the constant warning to “see and beware” of the space between the platform and the train door?literally a matter of life and death! Boarding my blog, however, this same phrase is a plea to consider the “valuable difference” between words or concepts that otherwise appear quite similar a difference that I am hoping leads us to decisions or behavior that empowers self and others!
What IS the difference, for example, between Motivation vs. Inspiration?
Motivation comes from something we desire to have. Motivation is something that can tug at us, like a force. The word motivation comes from the word motive. People often need a motive, to accomplish a task. For example, if a person is assigned a work task, and is feeling pressed for time, or has too many other tasks that are equally important, they will have to find the motivation to get the task complete. The motivation factor will tug at you to complete the task. To complete the task, a person may have to remind themselves of the motive, or reason for completing the task. The motive may be the employee’s performance review, the satisfaction of completing the task before a deadline, or a possible promotion. In all of this, the person will find the motivating force, or reason to take action. Motives can be created!
On the other hand, inspiration is an internal incentive, or something that comes from within. For example, we may listen to a speaker, and feel emotionally inspired by what they said, because, the speaker was able to awaken inspiration. Inspiration can also come from things we are grateful for.
Here is a perfect quote from the late Dr. Wayne Dyer (R.I.P.): “Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, and inspiration is when an idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go.”
So, MIND THE GAP! Motivation is external, while Inspiration is internal. Furthermore, Inspiration, is an idea where Motivation is a consequence (the positive or negative result from taking or NOT taking action on your Inspiration!).
An example from my business would be programs like my Power Breakfast or Happy Office Hours at The University Club downtown. The great business climate and stunning views at The University Club always provide “inspiration” and the outcomes of our productive conversations provide the motivation to schedule, promote and host them. I know promoting the time I invest at The University Club will give me more chances to connect with clients, prospects, partners, current or former students and friends to provide valuable brainstorming, sound boarding, and coaching tips where appropriate. The Club gives me Inspiration but my meetings with YOU are my Motivation!
I hope that this has been helpful in showing you the difference between Motivation and Inspiration and, of course, I hope to see you at The University Club for my Power Breakfast or Happy Office Hours soon! Until then…
To Your Success!
Jeffrey Klubeck, M.A.
I thought I would NEVER retire from Teaching! But after 20 consecutive years of teaching College-level Courses in Public Speaking, Argumentation and Group Communication, I’m hanging up my “Adjunct Professor” hat to retire from the Classroom.
You may be asking “Why is Professor Klubeck going to Retire?” Well, it really took something as wonderful as the “International Coach/Trainer/Speaker” hat to get me out of the Classroom. Since last September one of my favorite clients, JT Foxx and his Top 1% Coaching Organization, has been giving me assignments ALL OVER THE United States, Europe and Down Under (Including multiple trips to Australia). So, I guess there really is no end in sight to my “teaching” but it IS time for me to Retire from the Classroom!
Now, instead of “adult learners” looking to finish their AA degrees to transfer to a 4-year institution, I am teaching the world’s most driven Entrepreneurs and Global Speakers. I still maintain a healthy Coaching and Training Calendar with self-generated clients…and I am proud to say that after 10 years in business, Get A Klu has grown into a 6 figure Coaching Practice. My “brand” has grown like a hockey stick due the the global exposure I have been getting from the JT Foxx Assignments. And, it just doesn’t make (dollars OR ) sense to continue Classroom Teaching.
Believe me when I say the decision to retire from the Classroom didn’t come easy for me, but if you have been following along with me on social media, you may have noticed that I’m traveling quite a bit. My coaching and speaking career is now consistently international which has limited my time at home. And, the amount of classroom time I am missing has become unfair to the Students who miss “the real me” (they watch videos of my lectures for classes that I miss due to travel) and also the administrators that have to “account” for my absences. It just doesn’t make sense anymore. Education at every level has a lot of problems to contend with and let’s just say that Adjunct Compensation is one of them. And, 20 years is a nice round number to make the coping a little easier for me. I honestly thought I would NEVER retire from teaching College Classes. I was wrong.
For those of you who know me, you know that I won’t go out without a big bang! I have an intern currently planning a HUGE RETIREMENT PARTY and I am brainstorming a way to celebrate with as many former students as possible, while also inviting my current sphere of friends, family and professional colleagues.
I am thinking of a date sometime in August 2017 for a 3-phased blowout retirement party at The University Club... here’s what I’m thinking:
- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.– We’ll start off the day with Mastermind-style event for 10-20 of Get A Klu’s best VIP Clients.
- 4pm-6pm- The Klubrication Happy Hour- You haven’t done happy hour unless you have done it Klubeck style. We’ll enjoy drinks and appetizers on the 34th floor at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers with great views and even better conversation.
- 6pm-9:00 p.m.– A more classic cocktail party with Drinks, Dancing, Speeches/Roasting and a Keynote by Jeff Klubeck
You can join in for the entire day or drop in when you please. The important part is that I celebrate this milestone in my career with important people in my life. That means YOU!If you are interested in being a Speaker, Mastermind Participant/Panelist, or a Sponsor for the “Professor Klubeck Retirement Party, please send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject: Retire to Reach Higher!
Cookies and Cocktails was a HIT! Yes, tt’s that time of year again…GIRL SCOUT cookie time! I am the proud father of an amazing Girl Scout, Abigail, who has been enjoying her time with Troupe 3121 for over 4 years. I’m happy to see her learning so many life skills through the great experiences and friendships Abigail gets through Girl Scouts.
And, let’s face it: the cookies are delicious! While I maintain some great eating habits (kale smoothies, wheatgrass shots, no ice cream or soda, 5 gallons of water a week), I cannot resist good, old-fashioned girl scout cookie (my favorite is…whichever one I am eating!).
Naturally, I’m excited to help my daughter reach her Cookie sale goals and I took an idea to “my club”, The University Club, when I asked the food and beverage director (Jeff Apodaca) if he could pair wine/beer/cocktails with each flavor of Girl Scout Cookie and do an event…well, he LOVED my idea and the event took place last Wednesday the 15th…I am hoping it was successful enough to repeat this year or in years to come!
I am SO grateful to the University Club for taking my idea and running with it. I was JUST hoping there would be pairings, but they generously gave a FREE DRINK ticket to everyone who bought cookies!
I know that many of you wanted to get to this great event, but couldn’t…so while I work with The University Club to see about doing more events like this in the future, you can still buy your cookies, donate to operation thin mints and support Abigail with an online purchase!
Online sales have all your favorites, including Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and more!
Online Cookie sales give you the option of delivery by mail OR in person! We will gladly come see you wherever you need us to! Thank you so much to everyone who supports Abigail and Troupe 3121 this year!
To Your Success!
Jeffrey Klubeck, M.A.
Change is happening all around us. ?It’s constant. ?We have recently changed years from 2016 to 2017 and we are about to Change Administrations…and while I have never seen such fear/anxiety in the public discourse surrounding a President-Elect, I HAVE been and Coached people through tremendous Changes in their lives.
I know, I know?change is: scary, represents unknown, threatens our certainty and most often its a real?pain in the ass! ?But bitching about it won’t prevent it. ?When something is constant, we should maintain a cosntant “readiness” for it. We need to maintain?a mindset of adaptation rather than stress so we can evolve with the change.
Last year I shared a list of my favorite books for personal success.?One of the books that didn’t make it on list but is totally relevant right now is: ?Who Moved My Cheese? written by Dr. Spencer Johnson, the co-author of The One Minute Manager. ?I would like to share my takeaways from this book that will also give you insight on the best ways to “adapt” to change.
- Have a sense of humor about yourself and your own situation. This means that it’s ok and even encouraged to laugh at yourself.?This is something we often forget to do when we are caught up in the stress the change is causing. Take a step back and try to be an outsider looking into your situation. This will help you be more objective rather than reactive and it will also help you lighten up and laugh at yourself when you see the stressors that very well may not even be actual stressors!
- Be like “Haw”!?Haw is a prominent character in Who Moved My Cheese? He boldly moves on when things are bad. He challenges you to think about what you would do if you weren’t afraid. In reality, many people don’t move on and they stay stuck because they are afraid of the unknown that comes along with change. ?Be be/get/stay STUCK…dab some #Klubrication on your situation if necessary and “Be Like Haw!”
- It’s never too late to do what you want to do. Another aversion to change comes from people thinking that it’s “too late”. ?This is an excuse to avoid the “work of change” and its NEVER “too late” to?make a change and do what you have always wanted to do at any time, even right now as you’re reading this!
I mentioned in the beginning of this post, that the inauguration happening on Friday is a symbol of some big changes happening in our world. My intention is that these takeaways will help ease your stress over what’s happening and help you adapt. I say this with care, knowing that whether your candidate is taking office, or you’re opposing the new President Elect, there are stressors on both ends.
Lastly, and speaking of stress, please make your plans to join the January Edition of Online Office Hours (OOHs) where I will be interviewing Stress/Anxiety Relief expert, Shannon Parsons. ?Change is constant…but the “stress” of change doesn’t have to be…all you need is some tools, techniques and a super cool guide. ?Join me for the January OOHs and relieve your stress with Shannon Parsons!
I LOVE Toastmasters…and that’s not just because I gave an “award winning” humorous speech for Toastmasters a few years ago.
In short, Toastmasters Clubs develop Public Speaking and Leadership Skills.
I’m getting more involved with Toastmasters this year and to kick off 2017, so I’m excited to announce one of Get a Klu’s favorite clients, Chef Works Inc., has agreed to partner with us to launch a new Toastmasters Club. You can read more about Toastmasters below or by visiting their website.
This blog becomes outdated on January 9th as we’ll be hosting our first “mock meeting” where you can learn more about Toastmasters, how a club works overall, how specific meetings are run, what you can get out of it and, of course, how you can contribute to the Club’s success!
WHEN: January 9th 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Chef Works Corporation Headquarters is located at 12325 Kerran Street • Poway, CA 92064
WHY: First of all, Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members of Toastmasters improve their speaking and leadership skills by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere. The results are greater self-confidence, personal growth and deepened relationships with fellow club members.
Every meeting of a Toastmasters Club features several different forms of Public Speaking (impromptu and prepared speeches, oral evaluations, functionary reports and more!) and also provides several “leadership” opportunities due to the roles/functionaries that are required to run each meeting.
Secondly, Jeff Klubeck is an International Speaking Trainer and Coach who brings 20 years of experience teaching Public Speaking to the Club. His passion, experience and expertise when it comes to Public Speaking Coaching/Training is an incredible “value add” to the host of benefits Toastmasters offers its members.
Finally, GREAT networking with fellow friends/clients of Get A Klu as well as the SUPER Chef Works employees who take advantage of this wonderful benefit being provided for them.
Again, we will explain ALL of this to you when you attend the Information Session (“mock meeting”) on Monday January 9th at 11:30 am PST. Make sure to let me know if you can make it. Also feel free to share this event with your friends and colleauges.
If you can’t wait to get the Toastmasters info, feel free to contact Jeff Klubeck directly (email@example.com or 619-405-3356) if you have any questions!