All articles by Yvonne Conte

How to motivate and inspire your workforce

Money as a motivator is a very temporary thing at best.

Money doesn't motivate me. It never has.   If you want to light a fire under my butt, offer me an opportunity to work on something important or shower me with adulation for something I've already completed. Put me in a situation where I can laugh with the people I'm working with and I will be motivated to excellence. But that's just me; or is it?  I wanted to find out what motivates employees. I contacted 35 of my finest clients and asked them. Here's what I found out.



Be Honest. Be Yourself. Be Funny.

Ask yourself if you are being true to the real you.

It was 1995 and I was booked at Hiccups Comedy Room in Rochester, New York. The comic before me was very dirty. He got major laughs. I went up and tarted my set. I was afraid I wouldn't get any laughs unless I was dirty, so I did some material that I'd never done before. I tossed some curse words around in the attempt to get laughs. Larry Miller was the headliner that night. After the show he asked if he could talk to me. He said, "You don't need to be dirty, because that's not who you are. Tell the stories of your family. That's funny an that's truth. Dirty won't advance your career, but funny will." It was great advice. He said, "Be honest. Be yourself. Be funny." Larry went on to have a very successful career acting in The Princess Diaries, Boston Legal, Pretty Woman, The Nutty Professor and more. I never forgot his advice or his kindness.



FLC Syndrome: It’s Not About the Size of My Butt

I’m too young to feel this old.

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My TED x Experience

(WOMAN TIMES) This TEDx event was frightening for me. I wouldn’t have my podium to hide behind. I wouldn’t have my security blanket.

Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community.



9 Ways to Infuse Happiness at Work

The workplace should have an atmosphere where people actually can’t wait to get there in the morning.

Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community.



You forgot to pack your manners

Ms. Conte we have upgraded you to first class. Enjoy your flight!

Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community.



What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Is forcing children to kiss and hug relatives harmful?

Woman Times is a weekly blog series devoted to giving voice to the women of the Central New York community.