August 2015 Newsletter

August 2015 Newsletter

A Note from Your President

Hello NSA North Texas!

July is our annual “Chapter holiday” as we make our leadership transition, and encourage participation in the annual Convention of the National Speakers Association (@NSASpeaker).

Led this year by recent Chapter guests Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE (@TheBrianWalter) and Tami Evans (@_Tami_Evans), Influence 2015 in Washington, DC (July 18-21) was an amazing experience with over 1700 participants from NSA and other organizations in the Global Speakers Federation (@GSFLive).

As a Chapter, we were well represented. We had 40 people (not including family members!) at Influence 2015, which is our largest participation ever! And several Chapter members served in various roles to help make it a wonderful experience.

For those of you who attended Influence 2015, I hope the week had a strong positive impact for your business and personal life. I enjoyed being a part of the experience with all of you, and I feel inspired to embrace the opportunities of the coming year. For continuing education, we have purchased the Convention recordings and in the next several weeks they will be made available to All-Access Pass holders in the Member Content area at

Our Chapter theme for the 2015-16 Year is Your Best Year Yet. In that spirit, we intend to continue our momentum of energy, warmth, and value – with great opportunities to engage and connect. I look forward to our shared experiences, and the positive developments I anticipate for each of you in the upcoming year.

To me, Your Best Year Yet doesn’t set the expectation that everything goes perfectly. Life is full of wins and setbacks of all shapes and sizes. For me, this year’s theme is more about how we see the future, which dictates how we handle what life brings our way. As honorary Chapter President and 2001 Cavett Award winner Zig Ziglar, CPAE (@TheZigZiglar) often quoted from Dr. John Maxwell (@JohnCMaxwell) – “When you have hope in the future, there is power in the present.”

You can expect me to give my best in service to our great NSA North Texas Chapter, and on behalf of your Board and Key Coordinators, I invite you to fully engage as we continue our journey together in the amazing business of professional speaking.

In closing, I ask – What will you do to help make this Your Best Year Yet?

To your continued Success and Happiness,


Chris Price (@ChrisPriceCDP)
President 2015-16
NSA North Texas (@NSANorthTexas)
p.s. Don’t miss the talented Laurie Guest, CSP (@LaurieGuest) on Saturday, August 8th! She absolutely rocked on the main stage at Influence 2015, and is the perfect kickoff for our new year. See You There!

Major Awards and Main Stage Appearances – Influence 2015

2015 Cavett Award – Gary Rifkin, CSP (@GaryRifkin)
2015 President’s Award – Michael Hoffman, CSP (@Hoffman_Mike)
2015 President’s Award – Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE (@RandyPennington)

New Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP)
Mike Dilbeck, CSP (@MikeDilbeck)
Candace Fitzpatrick, CSP (@CandaceFitz)
Gary Rifkin, CSP (@GaryRifkin)

Influence 2015 “Voice of the Stage” – Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE (@ChristineCashen)
2015 CPAE Hall of Fame Introduction – Dianna Booher, CSP, CPAE (@DiannaBooher) – for new inductee Laura Stack, CSP, CPAE (@LauraStack)
“The Speaker Games” – Surprise musical numbers – Gary Rifkin, CSP (@GaryRifkin)
6-Second “Line” Videos – Tim Durkin, CSP (@TimDurkin) – Karen Cortell Reisman (@KarCortReisman) – Russ Riddle (@AnomalyAtLaw)

Our Next Seminar August 8, 2015

“I Want to See the Jalapeno Coming”

93 Hot Ways to Get Booked and Get Paid

Laurie Guest, CSP

Join this fast-paced, entertaining program and discover hot ideas to thrive in this business. Laurie Guest, CSP, will show you how to create your own speaking success quickly and painlessly. Find out how Laurie was able to quit her full-time job less than two years after her first paid speaking engagement while still maintaining a positive bottom line business each year.

Emphasis will be on low-cost marketing and effective business techniques that are necessary for speaking success. Whether you are new to the business or a seasoned veteran, there is an idea waiting for you here. Through audience collaboration we will dig deep into the six ideas that earned Laurie thousands of dollars and her CSP in very short period of time. The other 90 hot ideas will be provided in a speaker resource guide.

After the break we will open the floor to rapid-fire Q&A. Each response will be covered in two minutes or less to keep things moving and fun. Come to this session with prepared questions about growing your business. You can ask her anything!

Hear from Laurie herself about this event!

About the Speaker

Laurie Guest, CSP, is known for her creative ideas and slightly sarcastic sense of humor. Her company, Solutions Are Brewing helps organizations attract and keep new customers. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience and today is a full-time speaker based in the Chicagoland area. She recently spoke briefly on the main stage at the NSA convention and received stellar reviews.


Mark your calendar and make your reservation now!

Saturday, June 13th,  8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas / Richardson

Join or Renew Now for the 2015-16 Membership Year!

The 2015-16 membership year is upon us. Take advantage of a discounted All Access Pass for a limited time only.

Professional Member: $180

Member Candidate: $280

If purchase the All Access Pass by August 8th you’ll receive a $50 discount:

All Access Pass: $347 (normally $397)

Additionally, if you have joined and attended the NSA National Convention in July, NSA-NT will offer an additional $50 discount to the All Access Pass bringing it down to only $297.

To renew your membership and/or purchase an All Access Pass, go to If you are joining for the first time call Paul Shimp at 972-233-9107 x 223. Please note, for first time applicants there will be a $25 one time processing fee.

you, the speaker – Yeah, what Fripp says …

by Dave Lieber, CSP

Few speakers are better at social media than former NSA national president Patricia Fripp.

Her tweets and postings are short, sweet and spot-on.

One of my recent favorites:

@PFripp “As a #professional #speaker, your goal is to be remembered, repeated, retweeted, and rebooked.”

Sage advice. I made a list of to-do reminders to help me achieve these for the second half of 2015. Feel free to steal.


– Wow audiences with stories

– Customize introductions whenever possible

– Definitely customize talk with info & stories relating to their needs


– Make stories so true-to-life and funny that audiences repeat them later to others as they would a TV show

– Use a “phrase that pays” or something similar that hooks people like a good hit song tune

– Repeat in different ways what I want repeated to help them


– Be original

– Be funny

– Be timely (what’s trending?)


– If speech is going well, hint to audiences that you can come back for another – so they ask organizers, not you.

– Have a second program as good as the first

– Remember to tell the host you’d like to come back and follow up with hand-written note.

Note to self: Remembered, repeated, retweeted, rebooked. Do it right, and I can earn a living at this

@DaveLieber, CSP, has been writing a monthly column about all things NSA-North Texas. He’s The Watchdog investigative columnist for The Dallas Morning News.

Chapter Meeting Location

hilton-garden-inn-richardsonFor the 2015-16meeting schedule, we’ll be meeting a the Hilton Garden Inn located at:

1001 W. President George Bush Hwy,
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (972) 792-9393.

Click here for a map.

Photo Gallery

Gary Rifkin Receives the Cavett Award

Gary Rifkin Receives the Cavett Award

NSA-NT at the National Convention

NSA-NT at the National Convention

NSA-NT at the National Convention

NSA-NT at the National Convention

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