February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter

A Note from Your President

Do me a favor? At this month’s meeting, take a look around the room at some of the Past Presidents of NSA North Texas. No question these are people from divergent paths, talents and backgrounds.

Imagine the various Boards those Presidents served over the years. Some of the stories I’ve heard are funny, scary and flat out interesting. I’ve been thinking about those Boards and the story of NSA North Texas a lot lately. In my opinion any good leader knows that they serve the Board and mostly get out of the way.

If I could go back in time I would love to skip back to the 90’s. Oh to be a fly on the wall for one of Randy Pennington’s meetings, scratch that maybe the meet up with him and his crew at the well…after party. Michael Hoffman in 2005 followed by Sally Baskey, that’s like Open Mic night with some Improv throw in for good measure. Did Gary Rifkin paint a mental picture every meeting back in 2004? Too many Presidents to name but trust me they all brought something unique to the table.

How did we get here? What were the milestones along the way? What are the best lessons and traditions that have been passed on? Who are the characters of the past? Who are the future leaders of this amazing NSA Chapter?

So look around the room one last time. Can you picture yourself leading our NSA North Texas Chapter into the future? While you’re thinking about it I’m looking around the room too. Only I’m thinking I can’t wait to meet our future leaders.

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

February 2018 Program: A Bazillion Extreme Ways to Use Video DURING Your Speeches — Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE

Brian Walter,CSP, CPAE

Brian Walter,CSP, CPAE

Please note: There will be no 7:30 Pow Wow with the Pros at this event.

Your speech doesn’t JUST have to be you talking. That’s why Brian Walter with Extreme Meetings will show NSA North Texas members and visitors a bazillion (okay, more like scads) of compelling formats for featuring messaging, humor, execs, client highlights, and key points with in-speech video. Brian will play actual “I-can-totally-steal-that-right-away” samples from his own client video work. He will also showcase demos of unique formats from other video-savvy NSA speakers.

You will learn how to…

  • Make crappy video look better
  • Obtain and feature powerful TV commercials
  • Legally use movie clips
  • Create custom cartoon-style animation
  • Produce mock newscasts of client achievements
  • Star in low-budget or high-budget videos paid by the client
  • Work with actors to boost your onscreen impact

This was originally a CSP-only session developed by Brian specifically for NSA’s Influence national convention. But now all NSA North Texas members and attendees can experience this high-level content.

About the Featured Speaker

Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE…runs a business called Extreme Meetings. He is a communications consultant, multi-media writer and video producer, and speaker. Brian has been a broadcast advertising director, marketing director, communications manager, management trainer, freelance copywriter, adjunct college professor, and (briefly) a telephone survey operator. Sorry about that last one!

For more about – Brian Walter, visit his website extrememeetings.com.

Date:  Saturday, February 10th

Breakfast / Registration – 8:00am – 9:00am
Program – 9:00am – 12:00 pm

Hilton Garden Inn
1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike
Richardson, Texas 75080

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Includes program and full breakfast

Members, Candidates and Non-Local NSA Members

  • $47 if pre-registered by Thursday before Meeting
  • $57 onsite, morning of Meeting


  • $20 Students/Staff
  • $37 first time only
  • $67 if pre-registered by Thursday before Meeting
  • $77 onsite, morning of Meeting

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Dress: Business Casual

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you, the speaker: Do what Oprah did

by Dave Lieber, CSP
Dallas Morning News columnist

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey


Winfrey speech stirs talk of a presidential runWall Street Journal.

President Oprah? A fantasy that’s not too far-fetchedDallas Morning News.

New poll: Oprah Winfrey has slight lead over Trump in 2020 matchup – The Washington Post.


Oprah gave a 1,000-word speech at the Golden Globes that only lasted 8 minutes and 30 seconds, and she lit the world on fire.

That’s some speech, huh?

“I was moved by her brilliance,” speaker guru Sam Horn told SpeakerNet News.

No single line (“Ask not what your country can do for you”) stands out and will be quoted through the ages. It was the mood she set and, yes, her storytelling that lifted her star high.

The New York Times put it best in this headline – “Oprah 2020 and potent storytelling/What politicians could learn from a Golden Globes speech.”

By my count, she told two quick stories.

First, in her opening story, she told of her amazement watching Sidney Poitier on TV win the Oscar for best actor in 1964 as “a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor.”

Then she made points: she thanked the people who launched her career; she thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association; she praised women standing up in the #MeToo movement.

Story #2 was my favorite part of the speech. The story of Recy Taylor, abused by evil men in 1944 in Alabama. Her attackers were never prosecuted. Recy died 10 days before Oprah’s speech. Nice touch!

She concluded with a 250-world (25 percent of her talk) call to action: “So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon….”

Her formula? Opening story > points that need to be made > Big story > Call to action.

Eight and a half minutes. 1,000 words. Light the world on fire.

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

Big Fire, Big Pressure – Overcoming Fear

by Sherrie Wilson

Imagine you are standing on a big red fire engine that is roaring towards the biggest fire you have ever seen. You panic and your heart races knowing you are assigned to fight fire. You look at your partner and he sees your panicked stricken face and says, “This fire is already out!” You questioningly look at him and at the fire and wonder, “How does he know? How can he be so sure?”

There are many things that motivates speakers, but one of the most powerful motivators of all is fear. It causes us to critically think along the lines of determination, willpower and taking control of our speaking careers. Fear is really an internal conversation with oneself to face fear powerfully, or it will invoke the fight or flight syndrome where we want to run back to our comfort zones.

Knowledge is power over fear. At NSANT we gain knowledge in our workshops, labs, academy, mentors, meeting’s and from one another. NSANT took away all my doubt and fear by demonstrating how to be a good speaker.

“One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.” – Odell Shepherd

Want to overcome that last little fear of performance? Get it done by getting involved in this amazing chapter. Declare today to overcome your fears about this amazing career. Move in close, watch, listen and imitate all the greats that belong to this incredible NSANT chapter. As a firefighter I can say: “I have never seen a fire that wouldn’t go out.” As a speaker, neither will you.

Speaker Applause — January Meeting   

Karen Cortell Reisman

  • Karen worked with an international company doing workshops for the 3rd straight year!

Sandra K. Samuel (Academy Member)

  • Sandra was appointed Director of Communications of the newly created Dynamic Women Network founded by NSA-Arizona member Lea Woodford!

Yoram Solomon

  • Yoram has 8 speaking engagements planned for the first quarter! These include 3 events out of town and 1 TED talk!

Rich Allen

  • Rich will be the MC and Workshop presenter for the America’s Swimming Pool Company’s Annual Owner’s Meeting in Savannah, GA – January 23- 26!

Nikki Nanos

  • Nikki is doing a training session on “Stage Presence” for TEDx Plano Speakers!
  • She has also been chosen to be part of a “Triple Threat” breakout at “Influence 2018”!

Jessica Rector

  • Jessica just spoke at a Veterinary Leadership Conference!
  • She was booked as the closing keynote for the Real Estate Educators Association -Annual Conference!
  • Jessica was also booked to speak at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual conference!

Courtney Ramsey

  • Courtney sends many thanks to Debra Hunter Johnson, Amy Kinnard and Silvana Capaldi (NSA Florida Chapter) for requesting that she partner with them in content creation for their workshops and keynotes. Thanks to Betsy Allen Manning for the referral!

Kevin G. Green 

  • Kevin has been requested to present to the McKinney Young Men’s Service League for the 2nd year!

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.

Photo Gallery

January Speaker Phil Gerbyshak

January Speaker Phil Gerbyshak

Ed Talk Speaker Linda Swindling, CSP

Ed Talk Speaker Linda Swindling, CSP

Candidate Members Jessica Rector and Kevin Green, Sr.

Candidate Members Jessica Rector and Kevin Green, Sr.

Members Chuck Inman, Joy Macci amd Bob Phillips

Members Chuck Inman, Joy Macci amd Bob Phillips

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