Presentation: The Value of the National Speakers Association for Toastmasters

This evening I spoke to 50 Officers of Silicon Valley Toastmasters clubs about the value of the National Speakers Association (NSA). My talk covered the history of the NSA; its focus on the business aspects of being a professional speaker and why NSA conventions are such valuable sources of information.

I shared with the Toastmasters the source for recordings of past conventions and encouraged them to consider purchasing relevant material for download.

I encouraged them to subscribe to the free weekly newsletter SpeakerNet News for information on a wide variety of topics of interest to speakers.

I listed the upcoming meetings of the Northern California chapter and invited them to attend. We finished the talk by raffling three free copies of our magazine Professionally Speaking. Those who did not win a copy but would like to read this excellent magazine can order one from the print-on-demand MagCloud website for $4.50 plus postage. Such a deal!

To hear my presentation in full click on the podcast icon below. Since this is 44 minute talk you might prefer to use the Download option and save the .mp3 file to your iPod for later listening.

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Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-08-30]…

Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
Topics featured this week include:

design of visuals;
gender differences in your audience;
pause techniques;
the Accredited Speaker Program;

I attended one meeting last year and then got sidetracked with a lot of other thing in my life and didn’t get back. After just one meeting, a year ago, I am excited to get back to them this year, get my speaking career started, and become a full fledged member!

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