June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

Stu Schlackman

A Note from Your President

As we end this NSA North Texas Year I want to say thank you for the honor and privilege to serve as your president. I know we are all looking forward to Kate Delaney leading the North Texas charge in 17-18.

We have an incredible chapter with so many versatile speakers and every topic you can imagine. I believe our strength is in our camaraderie and our attitude of giving back. Whether you are new to speaking or an expert I’ve seen so many of our members share and support one another.

We are finishing the year with just about 140 members strong and 90 professional members. We now have 23 CSPs and 11 Hall of Fame CPAEs. I believe our uniqueness is in the presence of these members and our past presidents at our monthly meetings. You make such a big difference for our up and coming members. Remember It’s Still About You! Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you!

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

A Note from Your Incoming President – Kate Delaney

Every time CSP and former Voices of Experience Chair Michael Hoffman gets up in front of the Chapter I’m reminded of why NSA-NT is so special. He can’t help but get choked up when he talks about being around the community of speakers in his own backyard.

His tag team partner Hall of Fame speaker, CSP Christine Cashen always mentions how special the people are in North Texas. I bet if you unlocked her iPhone you’d surely find a directory of celebrities, CEOs and well known international speakers.

So why would they belong to a local Chapter? Both are busy, booked and have families to spend time with when they come off the road.

Could it be that the bacon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Richardson is too good to pass up at 8 am on a Saturday? Could it be that they want to hear the monthly speakers at our NSA-NT meeting who they’ve probably known for years? Have they both let their gym memberships expire and it’s a way to get a free workout in after the meeting?

As I am about to become the next President of the NSA-NT I have to be totally candid. I am juggling two nationally syndicated talk shows on NBC and a Forbes Nightly Business segment with a pending Forbes book. Throw in a speaking career that has me on the road so much my husband has had time to learn four languages. My non-speaker friends think I’ve lost my mind.

So why would I take this on and care about the future of the NSA-NT? Maybe because one night when I was with a buddy at a diner in Charleston, South Carolina I got a call from CSP Dave Lieber. He said as your friend I have to tell you – you need a new head shot and we are going to rewrite your bio together. He said I was burying the lead. Poof, two weeks later two full fee bookings. Maybe it’s because Christine Cashen saw me speak and instead of falling all over my stories like everyone else she added a few tweaks. Boom. I had UPS eating out of my hands with her new opening line.

I could go on and on about the end of a perfect story Kelli Vrla came up with when she saw me do Stand Up. Or the countless texts I got the first time I spoke in front the NSA National Audience.

If you are on the fence about jumping into this amazing community, come to a meeting. I bet you’ll find it hard not to join. As for me I’m here no matter what my role is or at least until I steal Christine Cashen’s phone.

Kate Delaney
Incoming NSA-NT President

Join Now for Discounted Rates

Are you a National NSA member, but not part of the Local Chapter?

As a professional member, you can become a local member, too… for a very reasonable price.

North Texas Chapter has an early bird rate, if you sign up before 6/30/17, of $130.

Here is the best part… if you are attending the 2017 Influence Convention in Orlando, AND you are a member of North Texas Chapter, you would receive $150 rebate check in August. Your local membership is free, in this scenario!

Our meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Hilton Garden Inn in Richardson, TX. Check out the website for further discounts on our meetings (All Access Pass) and other key benefits. www.speaker.org .

June 2017 Program – Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE – Up Close and Personal

MIkki Williams, CSP, CPAE

Have you ever wished you could spend time with a successful speaker and just “pick their brain,” “have them as your mentor,” “your coach” and ask them WHATEVER you want? Now is your chance!!

The last few years, Mikki’s Q, A and O program (if you don’t know what O is, then you definitely need to attend!) was the highest rated and attended program at all the chapters she presented at (not sure that is still accurate but hey, speakers always exaggerate anyway, LOL) so we are bringing her here!! A once-in-a- career opportunity to bring your burning questions, new, different, strange, she will entertain and answer them all. Join us for this speaker with a thing for bling, whether you are a pro, an aspiring speaker, a businessperson or just coming to see what she is wearing. We’re gonna’ Slip ’em a Mikki®

About the Speaker

Chosen as one of the best speakers in the country by Meetings and Convention Magazine along with Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Lou Holtz and Zig Ziglar, Mikki Williams, CSP, CPAE is an experience…a one of a kind talent, eclectic and smart. This Speaker Hall of Famer is an international speaker, executive speech coach, author, radio and TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She is an award winning top tier speaker for Vistage International, the world’s leading executive organization and Master Chair of two of their peer advisory boards in Chicago. From The White House to Mandela’s South African home, the front page of The Wall St. Journal, USA Today and Forbes, she is a global brand known as “glamboyant” and outrageous!!

A TEDx speaker, Mikki is based in Chicago and Naples, FL and conducts Speakers School ™ in both locations. She also created The Mikki Mouth Club™ with four divisions; Speaker Source, her highly regarded speech coaching, Accountability Academy for speaking as a year long coaching program, the original Keynote Kamp™ a two day intensive where she’ll design your whole speech and Outrageous Orators™ speakers who rock…an uncommon speakers bureau. She is proud to share that she is returning to Second City Theatre in Chicago for a limited run of her highly successful one woman show, She Came, She Wore, She Conquered…shoes, sex and other stories.

Come see Mikki on June 10th!

Click here to register

you, the speaker: Teacher’s Pet

by Dave Lieber, CSP
Dallas Morning News columnist

Gene Mosley, a member of our chapter, always sat front and center at our meetings of the chapter’s TED Club. I called him “Teacher’s Pet.” I was the teacher, and he was my pet student.

He listened to my suggestions and put them into practice. Tell stories in the present tense when possible. Use dialogue to show, not tell. Make sure stories are about universal truths with meanings and lessons.

Gene is killing it on Facebook. His stories about substitute teaching in public high schools and dealing with challenging students he meets are extraordinary.

Sometimes this teacher’s pet makes me cry.

Whether it’s the student who threatens him (“he balls up his first and starts popping his knuckles to impress”) or the one who wants to sleep in his class (“Well, sir, today you will not sleep on your education on my watch so get your work and move your desk right in front of me”) Gene is on.

His little Facebook vignettes often start with teasingly wonderful leads: “I’m at a school that has a reputation for making teachers cry.”

Or, “The nerve of some of these students.”

There’s the time he realized there were only seven books for a class of 30. He complained to the school office. No one thought to do that before.

When the books didn’t come through, he improvised and turned the lesson into a public speaking class for the kids.

“I told them many stories to teach them lessons and entertain them,” he writes.

Gene’s specialty is working with troubled teens through organizations and juvenile detention centers.

You can find Gene’s stories on FB where he goes by “Gene R. Mosley.”

I told Gene this recently: one day, he’ll be considered one of the best speakers in the world. Teacher’s pet is all heart.

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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.

May Meeting Recap

by Bill Lynch

Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE

Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE

Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE – The Ultimate Speaking Career


The ultimate speaking career is not measured in dollars earned. It is not measured in number of presentations or standing ovations. The ultimate speaking career is defined by the number of times that you make a positive contribution to the life of another person. Are people better off because they spent time with you?

Everyone your audience meets will benefit from the positive changes you made in the members of your audience.

The objective of your speaking career is to create as many “assists” as possible. A basketball player only gets an “assist” when the person he helps scores. Dishing out great sounding information that does not result in your audience scoring may get you a standing ovation, but will not change lives. It falls short of the ultimate speaking career.

Give without remembering, receive without forgetting. Express extreme gratitude. Be the same person off the stage that you are on it. Pride is the number one enemy of gratitude.

Address your audience to solve their problems, address their needs, their fears. Help them achieve their victories. It never has been about you, it is always about them. Do not love your audience your way, love them the way they need to be loved. Treat them as they deserve to be treated.

Failure is a great teacher. Never be afraid to fail. Act with urgency. When you have an idea, execute it. The difficult things take time, the impossible a little longer.

Our chapter owes a debt of gratitude to Chad. He changes lives and we all can learn from him.

Good News from our May Meeting

Chris Price has been selected to be a key faculty member in the 2017 Leadership Summit Program and in June will visit and teach at Harvard Business School.

Christine Cashen, CSP, CPAE, Kate Delaney and Nikki Nanos were featured at the Denton County Women’s Leadership Conference.

Jeffrey Davidson is delivering the opening keynote at the Agile Leadership Fest in June.

Jessica Rector just published her 3rd and 4th books and is speaking at the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association.

Betsey Allen-Manning will be doing the keynote for an 800-person event.

Vicki Hitzges, CSP got booked by the President of a new speaker’s bureau. She also spoke at the Million Dollar Round Table International and got a standing ovation. She also spoke at Avon’s regional meeting.

Sandi Leyva got an article on gender inclusion published in Forbes. She was also named as a 2017 top 25 Thought Leader by CPA Practice Advisor Magazine.

R. Shaun McBride has begun work on his 50-state tour of businesses collecting stories of what businesses are doing right.

Stu Schlackman, CSP is the newest member of the National Speaker’s Association’s Certified Speaking Professional Committee.

Yoram Solomon delivered a keynote at Northrop-Grumman in Virginia and finished his 7th book” Blueprints for the Next Big Thing.

Bill Lynch keynoted the International Association of Professional Security Consultants convention in Austin.

Sandra K. Samuel left her corporate position and is now focused full time on becoming a professional member of NSA.

Dave Cary has been asked to speak at the World War II Round Table.

Celia Pope won a $10,000 scholarship from Toyota.

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

May Meeting Speaker Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE

May Meeting Speaker Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE


May Ed Talk Speaker Celia Pope

May Ed Talk Speaker Celia Pope


NSA-NT Secretary Chuck Inman, and Members Bill Wallace, Kevin Green, Sr., and Yoram Solomon

NSA-NT Secretary Chuck Inman, and Members Bill Wallace, Kevin Green, Sr., and Yoram Solomon


NSA-NT Members Aaron Kint and Nikki Nanos

NSA-NT Members Aaron Kint and Nikki Nanos


NSA-NT Members Vicki Hitzges and Gene Mosley

NSA-NT Members Vicki Hitzges and Gene Mosley

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