Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Spirit of NSA Day 2012

As a member of the National Speakers Association and a supporter of the meetings and speaking industries, I wanted to share that November 14th is "Spirit of NSA Day".  The purpose of the day is to honor NSA founder Cavett Robert.  Mr. Robert was famous for believing there is enough business for everyone, and that speakers should help and support each other, rather than always compete.  He believed that we could "build a bigger pie" so that everyone could have a piece.

In a world where many people are self-focused, the most successful speakers that I know are always willing to invest time to assist other speakers who are looking to learn more about how to grow in the business.  I am always surprised when I meet a speaker who is not supportive or open to sharing best practices, as my exposure to the business through NSA has always been one of giving.

As an active board member for both the Austin Chapter and the NSA XY Group I believe I would not have a successful business without my connections in NSA (XY, Austin, and the whole of NSA).  The people with whom I have met and now call my friends have been both an inspiration and my teachers.  Together my closest friends in the organization push each other to achieve more.  Without this web of support it would be a very lonely business.

To all those who are speakers (NSA members and non-members).... I wish you a very happy "Spirit of NSA Day".

Have A Great Day.

thom singer

From the NSA Website:


November 14 has been designated a national day of advocacy for the National Speakers Association
To honor NSA Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, and continue NSA’s legacy of sharing and giving, November 14, 2012 will be our 6th Annual Spirit of NSA Day, a national day of advocacy encouraging NSA members to support one another. Every November 14 serves as a reminder to NSA members to:
  • Focus on giving back
  • Provide genuine support to speaking colleagues
  • Take time to connect, help, mentor or refer business to other members without any expectation of reciprocation
Many members already follow Cavett’s role model. However, imagine the strength of spirit and growth of our profession if all of our members focus on unconditionally giving of themselves to our community on this day. The NSA community is known for the concept of removing competition by building a bigger market for all speakers. The strength of NSA is in the education we provide and the strong community we have built. As a member, you are asked to support the Spirit of NSA by introducing colleagues to clients, referring business or mentoring emerging speakers.
Help the legacy continue and build a bigger NSA pie by participating in Spirit of NSA Day on November 14, 2012!
How you can participate in Spirit of NSA Day:
  • Provide peer to peer encouragement
  • Introduce a colleague to a potential client
  • Refer business to a colleague
  • Mentor an emerging speaker

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