Welcome to the NSA North Texas chapter website.
Please take a moment and look around and also feel free to contact me or anyone else with any questions you might have.
My experience with this incredible association for over 12 years has taught me many things. One of those things is that you have questions. Here are some answers to the most commonly heard questions we get here at NSA/NT.
Can I learn how to speak at NSA?
The short answer is Yes. But the real purpose for NSA is to learn how to make a living at speaking/training/facilitating. If your goal is to learn how to make better presentations and speeches for your work and career there are other terrific local organizations that can help you do that, Toastmasters and Pro Speak come immediately to mind.
But if you have a feeling that you might want to join the ranks of professional speakers then you should really visit one of our meetings and get more information. NSA/North Texas has an excellent speaker training program called The Charbonneau Speaker’s Academy. It is lead this year by two of the areas very best speakers, Sally Baskey and David Hill. The Academy along with membership in NSA has launched dozens of successful speaking careers since its inception. It teaches not only speaking skills but also the business side of becoming a professional speaker/trainer facilitator
I’m new to speaking and don’t speak that often, is NSA for me?
If you want to get better at anything the best thing you can do is to be around and learn from others who are already doing it and good at it. It’s true the majority of our programming is aimed at the speaker who is somewhat experienced and speaks between 30-50 times per year. Now if you want to short cut your learning curve in this dynamic business what better way than to learn from others who have already made the mistakes, learned the lessons and are more than willing to share them with you?
What makes NSA so different from other associations.
The answer to that is we share everything we learn and everything we know. Founded by Cavett Robert in 1973, the goal is and always has been to grow the profession of speaking. So yes, as hard as it is to believe, you really will have people tell you all the insights and lessons they’ve learned in order to help you be successful. Competitors helping competitors; how’s that for being different?
Are you saying I can use other people’s material and copy them?
The answer to that is NO! You are welcome to use our insights, ideas and even our vendors. But you can’t rightfully use other people’s material without their permission. Our intellectual property is ours. We have spent years developing and refining it. To put it bluntly, as NSA member Larry Winget says: “Do what I do, just don’t do WHAT I do.” Besides, clients want to
pay you for your thought leadership, your insights and your ideas. Stealing other people’s
material kills original thinking…and is bad karma to boot.
What’s the first thing I should do?
Come to a meeting! Once you get to a meeting, tell us that you are new and we’ll take it from
there. Meet as many people as you can and ask any question you can think of. Secret: find
and talk to someone who is relatively new and ask them how it’s going for them being new and
all. They’ll give you the real scoop.
If you have any other questions just contact me or any other member. Again, Welcome!
NSA North Texas President 2012-13