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June 2017 News Flash

Welcome to the June 2017 issue of the NSA-Arizona News Flash!

President’s Message

It Was an Honor


What a privilege it has been to serve as NSA-Arizona chapter president.

Our theme this year was to “honor the past and create the future.” As the founding chapter, we have a lot to be proud of. When I first joined NSA-Arizona, Cavett Robert was not just a little statue in the lobby. He was an actual person who came to our meetings. Naomi Rhode was an attractive young woman who seemed to have potential. And if you taped a speaker, you actually used “tape” wound up inside a plastic cassette that needed the aid of a pencil to keep working properly.

The times were different, but one thing has stayed the same: the culture of giving, welcoming new people and growing the pie. In other words, the spirit of Cavett. The things I learned thirty years ago and the people I met at NSA-Arizona were critical in helping me build a successful speaking business. NSA-Arizona has been good to me. I am honored and thankful to have had the opportunity to give back to the community and perhaps to help an aspiring speaker on the road to success.

Our May speaker, Deborah Gardner, helped us look into the future. We are all aware that technology has changed everything. The Internet, streaming content, web pages, social media and virtual meetings are now part of the speaking business. However, Deborah had some welcome news. According to meeting industry research, young people (Millennials) are very interested in live face-to-face meetings. They know that meetings are not just about learning a new skill (you can do that online), but are an experience. Meetings are about meeting people, participating and sharing your experience with others.

The industry predicts that 2018 and 2019 will be very busy with more meetings than ever, which of course means more opportunities for speakers. Your preparation now will position you to take advantage of this growth next year and the year after.

Our June speaker will be Dr. John Molidor, the current NSA National President. His primary topic is brain function. He'll share amazing new research that shows how your brain lights up when it hears a familiar story and some brain-friendly techniques that you can use in your presentations. Plus, he will give us some insights to the future of NSA on a national level. He will discuss the search to find a successor to long time NSA CEO Stacy Tetschner, who has left the organization.

The best part of my year as chapter president was meeting and getting to know people. There are so many wonderful people in NSA-Arizona and as president I met and interacted with many of them. I was continually pleased to hear guests tell me that the people they met at the meetings were welcoming and willing to help unlike any other organization they had visited.

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

Dr. Larry Emmott
NSA-Arizona President


June 10, 2017
Networking/Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Meeting: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NSA Conference Center, 1500 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ
Click here for complete meeting details.

Did you know you can bring your spouse/partner/staff member at the member rate?

NSA members, who are not chapter members, please feel welcome to join us at the member rate on your first visit.

No refunds after the early registration deadline.

Please notify us if you have any special needs for the meeting.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Improving Impact & Influence: What Your Brain Has To Say About That! with John B. Molidor, Ph.D., CSPH

niques that you can immediately use in your presentations?

This powerful three-pound mass (and sometimes mess) of grey and white matter, which we call the brain, disproportionately exerts an incredible influence on yourself and others. Knowing how to use it effectively and efficiently can greatly increase your impact on others. Knowing what might be going on inside the brain of your audience allows you to truly personalize your content.

Come join us as we look inside (as well as outside) the brain. This session will literally peel back what goes on in your audience's brain.

  1. Identify three major speaking myths/stories people use.
  2. Learn how to do “quick & dirty” research.
  3. Bust some speaking myths/stories.

Dr. John B. Molidor comes to us from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, where he is the President for the National Speakers Association-US. When he’s not trying to figure out the universe, he can be found at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine where he is a Professor of Psychiatry and a Regional Community Campus Dean. John loves presenting about how the brain works and influences our audiences. He is excited to be presenting to his speaking colleagues and looks forward to having some fun with us!

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Please Pre-pay for Meeting Attendance To streamline check-in at our monthly meetings, please prepay for your meeting attendance. Members and guests SAVE $10 when they prepay by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Saturday meeting.

Prepaid Registration (by Wed., June 7 at 5 p.m.): $37/members; $52/guests
Registration (after Wed., June 7 at 5 p.m.): $47/members, $62/guests.
Members, did you know you can bring your spouse/partner/staff member at the member rate?

No refunds after the early registration deadline.
Please notify us if you require any special needs for the meeting.

Welcome to Our New Board!

Every June, we welcome our new board. Each person is elected for a term of two years. This year, our new board members are:
Lisa Maurer
Frank Molinar
Kay Sever

Loretta Love Huff and Danny Valenzuela will be leaving the board. We thank them for the time, energy, and work they spent in helping our chapter.

2017-2018 Board:

Maria Church, president
Larry Emmott, past president
Natalie Sayer, treasurer
Noelle Stanley, vice-president
Frank Molinar
Kay Sever
Roger Rickard
Doug Stevenson
Lisa Maurer

We are grateful that they have accepted the honor and responsibility for serving our chapter. Everyone on the board spends long hours taking "good care of my club," as Cavett Robert requested. We thank you for your service!

Copper Microphone Award


NSA-Arizona has created a new award, the “Copper Microphone,” an honor that is physically bestowed in the form of a unique lapel pin. The “Copper Microphone Award” will be given to members who are active in the Chapter, show up, help others, and do the things necessary to take care of the club.
In order to earn a “Copper Microphone Award,” a member (Professional or Candidate) will receive points for 13 activities identified on the website. Members can select from the various opportunities available and earn the 30 points needed to receive the award.

The award period begins on July 1, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2017. You can learn more about it, watch a video, and download the worksheet here. Please submit your form as soon as it is completed to either Danny Valenzuela or to Gwen Henson so you can be one of those who receive this award.

Record Testimonial Clips to Promote NSA-Arizona

For the last 3 months, Dan Shinder, of Social Media on Steroids, has been on the marketing committee for our NSA-Arizona chapter. To promote our chapter more, he'd like members to send him testimonial clips to share on the chapter's social media. All you have to do is record a 60-90 second video with a smartphone or any simple device and tell us:

  1. Who you are.
  2. What you do.
  3. How long you have been a member of NSA-Arizona.
  4. What is the most valuable thing you have gotten out of your membership.

Please email it to so he can post on our Facebook page!


No Living Room Forum in June

The next Living Room Forum will be on September 27. Mark your calendar with all these opportunities to be part of a great discussion in a more intimate environment at Living Room Forum.

2017–2018 LRF Dates

September 27
October 25
January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25

We are looking for Living Room Forum hosts. Please contact Noelle Stanley if you would like to host an event.

BRAVO Corner

Congratulations to Dan Shinder! His Drum Talk TV will be covering the Singapore Drum Fest, as well as making a documentary on the event with separate interviews. While he's there, he plans to make a separate documentary on the contemporary music culture in and around Singapore. And he'll also speak on social media marketing to all in attendance at the event as the guy from Drum Talk TV wearing his other business hat, "Social Media On Steroids." What a coup!

Let fellow NSA-Arizona members know about your achievements. Email Linda-Ann Stewart at to be included in Bravo Corner.

Congratulations to Karen Russo

May NSA-Arizona meeting attendee Karen Russo won a FREE future meeting by submitting a program evaluation. Hand yours in at the next meeting to participate in this monthly drawing.


Reason to be at the Speakers Lab #21

Pursuit—the action of following or pursuing someone or something.

“Be willing to go all out, in pursuit of your dream. Ultimately it will pay off. You are more powerful than you think you are. Go for it.” Les Brown

The Speakers Lab is your opportunity to mastermind and receive support from your peers as you pursue your dream. It will pay off!

Everyone needs to rehearse, no matter how many times they've given presentations.

NSA-Arizona provides the Speakers Lab for members to rehearse and develop as speakers. Plus, the lab is an amazing opportunity for you to try something new while receiving amazing support and feedback.

No RSVP is required to attend. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 9:30-11:45 AM at NSA headquarters. However, to speak at the Lab, you must be a chapter member in good standing.

We ask that you attend as a participant twice, before you sign up for time to speak.

In a normal meeting, we have three 30-minute slots. Speakers can use the time to receive feedback and tips for a specific purpose, like trying out new material or trying a new form of speaking.

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal-a commitment to excellence-that will enable you to attain the success you seek." Mario Andretti

Upcoming Guest Enrichers

6/13 Tyrone Holmes
No labs 6/27 or 7/7
7/25 Ed Scannell
8/8 Karen Russo
8/22 Loretta Love Huff

“Speakers Lab is one of the greatest features provided by NSA Arizona. It is designed to be a safe place to not only practice and hone speaking skills, the feedback given by NSA members is extremely valuable and well worth the price of membership. I highly recommend Speakers Lab to anyone serious about advancing their speaking career.” Rita Hudgens, August 9, 2016

To claim your spot, contact Natalie Sayer. Please put “Speakers Lab” in the subject line.

NSA Speaker Lab Leadership Team: Rick Olson, Debra Exner, Becky Spohn, Antonio Valles, Natalie Sayer, Liz Recchia.


2017 NSA Convention: July 8-11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL
2018 Winter Conference: February 16-18, 2018—Baltimore, MD

For details, go to the NSA website.


Editor’s Note: This feature reminds you to take advantage of our fabulous lending library of NSA Convention recordings.

By Richard Victor

I came away from our last meeting with Deborah Gardner feeling very optimistic about the state of the industry. It's nice to know that in-person meetings are making a strong comeback. While I watched e-sports on TV, I had no idea they were filling arenas! Is there anything else we can learn about working with meeting planners (excuse me, meeting professionals)? Here are some suggested titles from our chapter lending library:

  • "Building Alliance with Meeting Planners" by Lawana Gladney (2008, CD)
  • "Help Me Hire You: 21 Surefire Strategies From a Speaker Turned Planner" (2008, CD)
  • "Why Should We Book You?: A Backstage Tour Into the Minds of the People Who Hire Speakers" (2008, CD)
  • "Creating and Cultivating Connections: How to Build Your Business by Developing Relationships and Connections with Meeting Planners, Bureau Partners, Agents and Attendees" by Marilyn Sherman (2013, mp3)
  • How to Get Paid Association Bookings" by Ed Rigsby (2015, mp3)
  • "Meeting Planners Talk: Uncover Referral and Rebooking Secrets" by Joanne Dennison (2015, mp3)
  • "Conference Refugees" by Josh Packard (2016, mp3)

Richard is NSA-Arizona’s librarian who accepts donations of books, tapes, magazines, CDs, and videos of interest to speakers. Contact Richard for instructions to download recent NSA Convention sessions.


By Barbara McNichol

Do you ever confuse this word pair? Now you know the difference so you won't get tripped up!

Stationary, stationery – “Stationery” is material for writing letters.
“Stationary” is a fixed position. “I left my stationery (letter) in a car that wasn’t stationary long enough for me to retrieve it.” To help remember, the words “letter” and “stationery” both have an ‘e’; the words “stay” and “stationary” both have an ‘a.’

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