May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 Newsletter

Stu Schlackman

A Note from Your President

Welcome to May NSA North Texas Family! It’s hard to believe this year is almost over. Just a reminder if you are going to Influence where our very own Christine Cashen and Michael Hoffman are chairing this year’s convention, try to sign up before May 8th to get the discount. If you are going, you will receive a $150 credit from our chapter. We will also pay for your Foundation ticket.

A very special congratulations to three of our professional members who have received the highest earned designation by NSA- the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). They are Christopher Bianez, Chris Fuller and Tim Marvel. Congrats!

One thing I’ve learned over the past nine years as a member of NSA North Texas is that the relationships we have with each other, are so valuable when it comes to developing our business as a professional speaker. I believe the longer we “persevere” this business, the greater the chances for long term success. We have so many experienced speakers that can provide you such great insight to our businesses. As we move into the new year, I’d like you to consider starting a Mastermind group if you haven’t yet. The insight and value you receive from other members in the same trenches that we are in, really gives you a broad perspective of running this unique and dynamic type of business.

I want to thank all of you for your attitude of giving and volunteering to make North Texas the chapter it is today. I am blessed to be a member of NSA North Texas.

Thank you!

Stu Schlackman
President 2016-17
NSA North Texas (@NSANorthTexas)

May 2017 Program -Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE – Building THE Ultimate Speaking Career

Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE

Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE

How would you like to have clients requesting you to speak over 200 days a year throughout the world? What if you could sell 1,000,000 copies of your book this year (even if you didn’t have the book done yet)?

In 2012, Chad Hymas PRE-SOLD over one million copies of his book “Doing What Must Be Done” without a publisher, without a PR Firm, AND before the first book ever went to print. Even more amazing is the fact Chad accomplished this incredible feat while traveling 300,000 miles around the world covering 4 continents while presenting at over 200 events. His tour bus (yes he has a tour bus) is sponsored and paid for by major corporations.

What if you found out he has only been speaking for a decade? How good of a speaker is Chad? At 37 years of age, Chad is the one of the youngest ever to receive the CPAE award and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall Of Fame.

DO NOT MISS this rare opportunity to experience Chad Hymas share with you in an intimate setting. Bring your questions and most importantly, be prepared to discover what it takes to build a speaking EMPIRE while living a complete life filled with family, friends, and what matters most in life.
Chad Hymas will not only inspire, motivate, and move you… He will create an experience that will touch your heart for a lifetime.

For more about Chad Hymas, visit his website

Come see Chad on May 13th!

Click here to register

you, the speaker: How to handle audience hostility

by Dave Lieber, CSP
Dallas Morning News columnist

Drew Pearson was standing backstage at the 2017 NFL draft when he heard the boos.

The former Dallas Cowboys star was supposed to walk on stage in front of hundreds of hyped up Philadelphia fans (this was in Philly!) and represent his team. But he knew the reception he’d receive.

He heard the boos for retired players representing Philly rivals Giants and Redskins. Pearson wasn’t about to do dishonor to the blue star.

How do you handle a hostile audience? It’s an art. Check out what Pearson did.

According to reporting by my Dallas Morning News colleague Rick Gosselin, Pearson began with the red-meat line: “All right – how about them Cowboys?”


“I want to thank the Eagles fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you.”

More boos.

He raised his fist and said, “I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys’ second round draft pick, and on behalf of the [louder] FIVE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION DALLAS COWBOYS [booing increases; his voice rises], Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, coach Jason Garrett and all the Cowboy players who played before me and played with me and played after me – with the 60th pick in the second round the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado, Chidobe Awuzie.”

Headlines the next day:

Pearson stole show at NFL draft
Drew Pearson won second night of the draft
Former Eagle defends Philly fans

What did Pearson do?

1. He opens with a question, an inflammatory one, yes.
2. He thanks the audience, even if it is sarcastic.
3. He quickly establishes his and his team’s historic credentials, names all the owners, the coach and, in an amazing display of grace, every player before, during and after.(A lot of players thanked and honored in one sentence.)
4. He ends with the news, the most important part after the big buildup.
5. He doesn’t waste a word. His remarks are pitch perfect. He covers a lot of ground very quickly.

As emotional as this is to read, it’s more powerful to see.

Nice catch No. 88.

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Dave Lieber, CSP, is The Watchdog investigative columnist for The Dallas Morning News and a 10 year member of NSA/North Texas. @DaveLieber.

April Meeting Recap

by Bill Lynch

Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC

Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC

Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC – Communicating with Impact©

IMPACT is an acronym for Intention, Message, Person (to whom you are communicating), Activate, Clarify and Transform.

He broke his concept into two phases: Planning and Action.

In the planning phase it is important to get clarity about your intention. What is it that I want to get across to my audience? What is it that I want them to do with the information I impart? What method should I use to communicate my message. He encourages mind mapping as a means of creating a non-linear outline of your content. If you are not familiar with the concept, click on the link to view the Wikipedia article on mind mapping. He also encourages the use of success stories to make the content more memorable.

Who is the receiver of your message? Is he or she likely to by an introvert? Extrovert? Try to personalize your message. Answer the questions who, what, when, where, why and how.

Action is Phase II. How will you activate the message? You need to create a physical, mental or emotional interaction with your audience every 6-8 minutes; tell a story, ask a question, use a visual. Activation needs to be physical, mental and emotional. Seek feedback from the audience as you go so that you can clarify that the message you think you are sending is the message being received. You need to know that your audience is transforming to the message you are sending.

He suggested that your opening should get attention, build rapport and tie to the content. Some examples of openings that can work: story, quote, statistic, counter intuitive fact, unexpected statistic, or an analogy. (We have also seen great examples of the use of the “imagine” and “visualize” openings.)

Patrick demonstrated many if not all the concepts he discussed and much of what he showed visually can’t be covered here. If you have an all access pass and you missed this great presentation, I encourage you to listen to the audio.

Good News from our March Meeting

Sherrie Wilson gave the ED talk at our chapter meeting in April. (Knocked it out of the park.) She also gave the keynote at the D.A.R. Conference.

Reagan Cannon filmed her first demo video at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre on April 22nd.

Saturday May 6th Linda Thomas will be hosting “Tell me More Stories” in Flower Mound. At the March 18th event there were 32 attendees and 12 stories were told.

Chris Bianez just celebrated his 20-year anniversary with the Plano Police Department.

Mary Arcement Alexander was finally paid for her first speech.

Nikki Nanos will be the main keynote speaker for the Sor-Optimist International Southern Regional Conference.

Peggy Edge recently spoke at Team Networking, WOVI and ABWA.

Laugh Lab graduation is scheduled for May 17th at the Backdoor Comedy Club. All are welcome to support our new grads. Tickets are available on line.

Congratulations to everyone on these great accomplishments.

Chapter Meeting Location

hilton-garden-inn-richardsonFor the 2016-17 meeting schedule, we’ll again 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 to our meeting location.

Photo Gallery

Speaker Peter Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC

Speaker Peter Donadio, MBA, CSP, MCC


Ed Talk Speaker Sherrie Wilson

Ed Talk Speaker Sherrie Wilson


Speaker Peter Donadio, CSP and NSA-NT Past President Russ Riddle

Speaker Peter Donadio, CSP and NSA-NT Past President Russ Riddle


NSA-NT Vice President Betti Coffey and NSA-NT Treasurer Bob Phillips

NSA-NT Vice President Betti Coffey and NSA-NT Treasurer Bob Phillips


NSA-NT Member Candidates Jim Gardner and Jessica Rector

NSA-NT Member Candidates Jim Gardner and Jessica Rector

NSA-NT Director of Marketing and Member Candace Fittzpatrick, CSP

NSA-NT Director of Marketing and Member Candace Fittzpatrick, CSP


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