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Do you attend NSA NYC meetings with your “rose-colored glasses” officially on? I do.
I am always upbeat and optimistic about who I am about to meet and what I am about to learn.
Our Master of Ceremonies Jeanne M. Stafford started the meeting with a jolt, when she immediately challenged us to ask the person sitting nearby “What problem(s) do you solve? and Who do you solve problems for? That type of “pop quiz” challenge will certainly add some rose color to your cheeks! Jeanne’s perspective was well taken. If you haven’t thought about the problems your presentation solves you might want to spend some time organizing your thoughts. This just might be a new way of presenting your specific topic to potential clients.
We then settled in for an informative and colorful update on the state-of-the-industry Sarah Michel, CSP from Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Sarah is an industry professional who has spent the past 20 years reaching the very heights of our industry.
In her role with Velvet Chainsaw, she oversees such areas as Conference Networking, General Session Content, Design & Delivery, and 1st Timer Experiences. In other words, she knows an awful lot about what makes shows and speakers click. This was a presentation you had to hear.
Some of Sarah’s key takeaways:
5 Pillars of Sarah’s new presentation guidelines:
For more be sure to head to the Velvet Chainsaw website.
The future of professional speaking is rosy but you need to modify your palette if you truly want to compete.
Holiday Party – Ben Wolff updated us on the upcoming NSA Holiday Party scheduled for December 12 at the Midpoint Bistro (40 West 45th Street). Speaking about snappy suits, this affair will be “Black Tie” only. Don’t forget to check out the silent auction which has loads of useful gifts, seminars, etc.
Our book of the month “Phobia Relief” was introduced by author Kalliope Barlis . Phobia Relief, Fear to Freedom is a simple and easy to read book that discusses skills to overcome irrational fears, quickly. First discovered while she was playing professional golf, Kalliope uses the same skills she used to become a pro golfer in just two years, to guide others to find freedom from their fears.
Tami reminded us how important it is to have your entire suite of marketing materials available for prospective clients.
In addition, Tami recommended the following:
President-elect Jay Townsend boldly challenged us all to get involved with the NSA NYC Board. An application form can be found here.
Thank you for visiting our website. We encourage you to connect with us on social media and learn more about our organization by joining us at one of our meetings!
A huge thank you to chapter sponsor, John DeMato of DeMato productions, for your continuous support and incredible photographs!
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