January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

A Note from Your President

Grief, sadness and shock, slammed our NSA-NT family recently with the news of the passing of Linda Marsden Thomas. The usual disbelief and questions about how is this possible have been asked again and again. There are no good answers and if you’ve ever lost anyone close to you this is a road you’ve probably been down. The toughest thing to do is make the transition from asking why to celebrating someone who was loved maybe more than she knew.

All roads that led to Linda were open and inviting. She was kind, filled with grace and had an enormous heart. I only knew her for a short time but it was clear from the start that she was one of a kind. People who have been around for decades at NSA-NT were already clued into her magic.

A few months ago CPAE and Presidential Advisor, Christine Cashen and I decided to throw a spaghetti dinner using our Mother’s recipes for the Board. Before I even hit my front door after leaving Christine’s I got an email from Linda. Here’s an excerpt: “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed our spaghetti dinner with the board. The meal was awesome; the house was like being in a resort, you in the closet having an interview while we watched and heard you on TV were a first for me, Nikki’s cannoli was incredible and the freshest I have ever had, and just having time to hang out with everyone there was relaxing and fun. Thank you for inviting me to be the Spirit of Cavett for the Chapter.” Linda it was all us who benefitted from you serving on the Board.

I’ll leave you with this poem; I think Linda would have liked it. This helps me when I’m struggling to move on from the Why question.

Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me – not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And this is dying…

Kate Delaney
President 2017-18
NSA North Texas (@NSANorthTexas)


January 2018 Program: Power Selling with Social Media — Phil Gerbyshak

Phil Gerbyshak

Phil Gerbyshak

Do you create tons of useful content – and have no idea what to do with it – or if you’re creating it right? Wondering if you should use LinkedIn…or Twitter…or Facebook…or SnapChat…or Instagram…or Pinterest…to grow your speaking business? Are you on social media – but struggling to get a return on your investment?

Join Phil Gerbyshak as he answers all these questions and more in Power Selling with Social media. He’s been using social media since before it was called social media, and he trains people from around the world on how to make money through digital selling.

You’ll learn:

  • How and why you must “get dressed before you get busy” – and have a digital presence that will resonate with your ideal customer;
  • How to “turn up the value before you turn up the volume” on your social media content;
  • How to find your best customers, and how to ask for introductions to replicate them over and over after you deliver great service to them;
  • And so much more!

About the Speaker:

Phil Gerbyshak is the Chief Digital Officer of Vengreso and is a co-founder. He’s an award-winning speaker, an author and a technology geek who has been using digital to build business for nearly 20 years when he hand coded his first website dedicated to his favorite decade, the 80s.

Since the early days of the Internet, Phil has built websites, communities and bank accounts using the latest tools integrated into the classic needs of sales and marketing. A teacher at heart, Phil has delivered programs for audiences of 5 to 500, for the Fortune 50 to the smallest businesses and he’s been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Daily Globe and Mail, Inc.com and Entrepreneur.com to name just a few places.

When Phil isn’t teaching digital sales transformation, creating content, or reading the latest business book, you can find him playing pinball, walking on Florida’s beaches or enjoying one of 50 craft breweries in the Tampa Bay area.

For more about Phil Gerbyshak, visit his website philgerbyshak.com.

Ed Talk

Presented by: Betty Garrett

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you, the speaker: Linda Thomas had three careers in one

by Dave Lieber, CSP
Dallas Morning News columnist

EDITOR’S NOTE: This profile of our dearly-departed member Linda Thomas first ran in our February 2017 newsletter. We reprint it in her honor.

You never know where you’re going to end up in this business.

Take the case of chapter member Linda Marsden Thomas.

She became known as an image expert. Her book Color Nation: The Power of Color in Business and Leadership established her as a strong thought leader in her field. Nobody knows color and clothing and what they represent better than Linda. (PowerfulAppearance.com)

But she didn’t stop there. She’s added two more lines to her resume, and they’re quite unusual – and impressive.

Linda now hosts a regular story slam event. And, in recent months, she’s become a popular speaker in Texas prisons.

Crazy, huh?

A couple of years ago, Linda began participating in Dallas story slam events. Much like a poetry slam, stories are told fast and sharp and fit a theme.

Linda now hosts “Truth & Daring Storytelling Open Mic” on the first Tuesday of every month.

“Take a bold step by sharing a true story or just enjoy listening as you take in local wines and eats from Checkered Past Wine Pub,” a promo piece states.

You’re invited. Learn the monthly theme at meetup.com/truth-daring or on the TruthOrDaring Facebook page.

Her speaking career in prisons is more recent. “I donated a Power of Color book to the prison library. Five men read it and asked the in-prison education coordinator if I could come teach them a class on color and how to dress for interviews to their class before graduation and their release dates,” she says.

She spoke at the Sandy Estes Unit in Venus.

“I usually have men in the audience be my clothing examples, but of course, they had to stay in their prison whites. They were a great audience. It was very nice to speak to a group with no cell phones.”

Her 3-hour program was so well received that she was invited to share again to 100 prisoners in Houston. There, she got a standing ovation.

“If you would have told me two years ago that I would be going to a men’s prison to do anything I would not have believed you. But when I am there, I always feel I am amazingly peaceful and in my right place at the right time.”

Linda’s lesson is don’t worry about traveling one narrow road as a speaker. Be open to new ideas, new paths and new challenges.

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


Where There is Smoke There is Fire – Awareness

by Sherrie Wilson

Speakers must be highly self-aware of not only our behaviors, but our emotions. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize your own emotions and use the incoming information to guide your thinking. Do a self-assessment and become aware of strengths, weaknesses, limitations and how you behave in a given situation. What charges you emotionally? Have you ever considered that you have a choice in whether to be charged or not? Some stay emotionally immature well into adulthood and have no awareness of themselves and wonder why they are avoided.

Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett

Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process and comprehend critical elements of information about situations. Example you are flying to New York to speak. Your plane has engine trouble and you are delayed by six hours. You will now land at midnight and have to be up by 5:30am, which is 4:30 in Texas. How are you going to respond?

Professional speakers pay attention and take charge the negative internal conversations as they have a choice about who they “BE” in the moment. That person that picked you up at the airport is listening to you and you don’t want to tell them the challenges of the day with negativity. Leaders smile through the difficult, like a duck on the pond. What others don’t see is the duck (your mind) paddling like crazy underneath to overcome the situations faced in the speaking business but great speakers are aware of themselves both on stage, or off. Great speakers douse the fire in their minds about the problems and become overcomers.


Speaker Applause — December Meeting   

Yoram Solomon turned his 7th book into and audio book in his own home studio. It passed Amazon’s requirements at first shot and the book is now available!

Amy Kinnaird was just booked to present on Facebook and Websites at the US Bowling Congress convention in Reno in August!

Courtney Ramsey celebrated 2 months of “being on her own” as a content creator and speaker! So far she has secured two major contracts for workshop creation and materials design.

Nancy Bartlett, CSP recently presented “Own It! The Accountability Factor” to a new client, Thomson Reuters.

Melinda Marcus, CSP is featured in D CEO Magazine on how to read body language and leverage influence principles to open doors and close deals.

Betsy Allen-Manning landed a multi-keynote and training deal from her last keynote with Texas Electric Corporation.

Sandra Lewis landed a weekly radio show! it will air 3 times a week with “A Savory Moment.” on KEOM, 88.5.


Chapter Meeting Location

hilton-garden-inn-richardsonFor the 2017-18 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.


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December Speaker Anna Liotta, CSP

December Speaker Anna Liotta, CSP

Stu Schlackman,CSP Presents the Ed Talk

Stu Schlackman,CSP Presents the Ed Talk

Shawn McBride Gets in the Christmas Spirit

Shawn McBride Gets in the Christmas Spirit

NSA-NT Director of Membership Dave Hill

NSA-NT Director of Membership Dave Hill

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