The Voice of Professional Speakers in Arizona

May 2017 News Flash

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

President’s Message



Our last meeting was such a huge success that we found ourselves in an “oversold” situation. After unsuccessfully offering an incentive ($2.95) to attendees to give up their seats, so we could give them to NSA employees, we had to resort to stronger measures and “re-accommodate” a few reluctant attendees.

Sadly, one of the chosen was so reluctant to leave that he launched into a screaming rant and had to be dragged-slightly bloody-from the room. The rant was captured on numerous smart phones and posted to the world within 2.7 nanoseconds of the actual event.

If you view the drag and rant online, I am sure you will be impressed. The ranter is an obvious pro, as the rant had a clear opening, a body and a conclusion. He told a story and made a point. Some people believe this reflects poorly on our organization. On the other hand, it is a wonderful example of the power of social media; at least we have that going for us.

By the way, there was a good reason for all the fuss. Our session was on humor. Management felt it was more important (in fact, something of an emergency) for employees to be funny than for actual customers, that is speakers, to be funny. Those staff people need to lighten up.

Next month, as an emergency plan, we have some extra chairs lined up, just in case.

On a more serious note, it has come to our attention that some people actually live south of Chandler, in a place called southern Arizona, around a town called Tucson. I must admit as a typical Phoenix resident my natural feeling was, “Who cares,” but I know that is wrong. In fact, our next president and a couple of board members live down there.

"Wouldn’t it be great," they said (and it would be), "if we had some special NSA-Arizona events in the Tucson area?" In order to get this done, we ramped up our highly sophisticated communication apparatus and found to our dismay we weren’t as sophisticated as we thought. We had no way to determine if a person on our list was from southern Arizona.

Please help us out. If you live somewhere south of, say Casa Grande, let us know so we can create an updated SoAZ list. You might even have some fun.

At our two most recent events, The TED Workshop and the Humor Workshop, our presenters stressed that the best way to get better is to practice. Practice your eight minute TED talk and practice your new humorous story. The best place to practice, and get wonderful feedback, is Speakers Lab. Speakers Lab meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:45 at NSA HQ in Tempe. It is free and open to all chapter members.

To give you an idea of how it works, and how valuable it could be for you, we will be presenting a Mini Lab at the May 13 chapter meeting.

In the meantime, if you find one of your sessions “overbooked,” you know what to do.

Dr. Larry Emmott
NSA-Arizona President


May 13, 2017
Networking/Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Meeting: 9 a.m. - 12:00 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 SPEAKERS—Meeting News for Speakers: S*^#! Meeting Planners Say & Smart Ways to Be Hired by Them with Deborah Gardner, CMP

Have you ever wanted to know what decision-makers are truly thinking about when working with you? Want to know what they actually need from you? If so, LISTEN UP! Hear the truth straight from the horse’s mouth, someone who lives in the meeting planner world, who directly understands the necessities of both the planner and speaker.

If you’re serious about being hired today, attend this jam-packed information session. Find out how to solve the many challenges you face when dealing with decision-makers. Explore the internal and external factors that are impacting the economic environment, meeting design, and content delivery.

Take a look at why meetings are important and how to get involved in the process. Discover how to modernize your business strategies from Deborah’s ongoing, extensive meetings industry interview process. Listen to the insightful perspective from those who hire you:

  • Grasp 7 ways to better understand your client job duties and greatly enhance your relationships.
  • Learn about the most up-to-the-minute meeting industry studies and statistics that will blow your mind.
  • Understand the current industry outlook, trends, and forecasts to help communicate the value of meetings.
  • Hear about the meetings industry perspective on current initiatives.
  • Receive “must have” documents and information to implement into your business plans immediately.

A swimming champion turned author and competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner helps companies and organizational (sales and negotiating) professionals advance to new levels of success with a competitive mentality.

Deborah is a Certified Meeting Professional recipient; she is one of only five CMP speakers globally who have received this prestigious credential. She was named most requested speaker by Meeting Professional International. Meetings & Convention Magazine meeting planners voted Deborah as one of the best speakers heard in 2014. She made Convention Industry Council’s Top 30 Influential Meeting Professionals. And she was just honored as the 2017 Top 50 Smart Women Leaders by Smart Meetings Magazine.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER—The Power of Speakers Lab—Live and in Living Color

Exactly how does one achieve her goals in the public speaking profession? What are the steps and to whom can she turn to for support?

At the next NSA-Arizona chapter meeting, we pull back the curtain and give you an inside look at the process as it actually unfolds. Natalie Sayer attended Doug Stevenson’s TED workshop on April 1st. She has a burning desire to use what she learned and to craft her “idea worth spreading.”

Here’s a hint. Natalie isn’t doing it alone. She is harnessing the power of the Speakers Lab, and you are going to have a front row seat on May 13. Watch as Natalie shares the current version of her talk. Experience for yourself the input, feedback, and amazing encouragement available to her in the Speakers Lab.

Plus, you will walk away with feedback you can immediately incorporate into your own presentation. We call that vicarious learning and it’s a game changer, too.

Come join us at the monthly meeting and discover the hidden gem that is NSA-Arizona Speakers Lab.

Chair Monthly Meeting Program Dr. Larry Emmott <>

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.

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Prepaid Registration (by Wed., May 10 at 5 p.m.): $37/members; $52/guests
Registration (after Wed., May 10 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.

Copper Microphone Award

img_8845-1_1NSA-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.

LIVING ROOM FORUM—Make note of the 2017—2018 Living Room Forum Dates

Please note there is no Living Room Forum in May or June.

2017–2018 LRF Dates

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

The Living Room Forum meets in the evening at a member’s home, usually on the fourth Wednesday evening of the month. Register in advance, and come prepared to share your ideas and questions.

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

Congratulations to NSA-Arizona’s Newest


Art Sobczak


Karen Millerwise

SPEAKER LAB – New Things

Reason to be at the Speakers’ Lab #34

New—unfamiliar or strange

"Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?" —Michelle Obama

The Speakers Lab is your opportunity to try out something new. Is there a story you’ve wanted to try? How about a new format? Considering ways to add humor?

NSA-Arizona provides an amazing opportunity for you to try something new while receiving amazing support and feedback. After all, staying the same isn’t the best approach to becoming the best speaker possible.

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.

"I like to challenge myself. I like to learn-so I like to try new things and try to keep growing." David Schwimmer

Upcoming Guest Enrichers

5/9/2017 Don Thoren
5/23/2017 Roger Rickard
6/13/2017 Tyrone Holmes

“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 at 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 at

BRAVO Corner

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

Congratulations to Karen Millerwise

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


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

By Richard Victor

Finally! My 2016 taxes are done! One strange thing, I was charged a $3 penalty because I didn't estimate my quarterly payments properly (but that's good because I had higher than expected earnings). But it got me thinking, do we have anything in our library to help with the financial end of the business? Here are a few suggested titles:

"Speak for a Living, Invest for a Life!" by Mike Summey (2008)
"Bottoms Up Budgeting for Your Speaking Business" by Linda Keith (2011)
"Creating Wealth and Managing Money" by Jim Rhode (2011)
"Can I Deduct That on My Tax Returns? What NSA Members Need to Know About Taxes" by Steve Hoffman (2013)
"Profit & Cash: A Financial Workshop to Improve the Bottom Line" by Cary Phillips (2015)
"What Every Self Employed or Small Business Owner Needs to Know about US Taxes" by Steve Hoffman (2015)
"Real Finance: Taking Care of the Money You Earn" by Vernon Hoven (2016)

Unfortunately, many small business owners have overlooked this area of their financial lives. If you haven't already, set up your retirement plan, whether it's a Keogh, SEP, 401k, traditional or Roth IRA.

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!

That, who – “That” relates to things while “who” relates to people. “I have a friend who did me a favor, one that I greatly appreciated.”

Like to receive Word Tripper of the Week in your inbox? Contact Barbara at Barbara edits nonfiction articles and book. Visit her website at

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