Putting a fine point on the speaking industry
If you want people to listen,
you have to say something.
Same goes if you want people to
read something. Like Speaker
magazine, for instance.
Yes, the look, the feel and the layout
has changed. (Thank you Lenora
Billings-Harris and Tracy Brown for
making that happen last year.) And it
continues to change, as I hope you
noticed in your September 2007 issue.
(Thank you Sally Clasen, managing
editor, and Bill Van Nimwegen, graphic
designer, both at NSA headquarters.)
I hope you’ll notice in this issue that
what we say and how we say it also has
changed. Not for the sake of change
itself, and certainly not because the NSA
President and Editorial Chair want to
put his-and-her thumbprints on eternity.
Rather, so that Speaker magazine continues to grow beyond being “just” an
association publication and truly
becomes the voice of the speaking
industry. The NSA Board of Directors
agree that we need to broaden the voice
of the magazine, which means we need
more people, not just members, reading
and contributing to the magazine.
So, there’s more opportunity than ever
for speaking professionals to provide
expert content to Speaker. Each of the
magazine’s features and columns, including this one, will be written by a different contributor each month. (Okay,
let’s be realistic. NSA President Mark
LeBlanc might be able to pull rank now
and then, but I figure I’m pretty much
off the hook for the rest of the year.)
The Editorial Advisory Board’s roles
and responsibilities also have changed.
Editorial Board Members aren’t necessarily contributors as in the past. Now,
they are “Story Scouts,” always on the
lookout for interesting ideas for the
magazine’s seven standing columns,
a cover story and three features in
Let’s see, that’s one, plus three, plus
seven, times 10 issues equals . . . oh,
wait . . . the Relevant Reading and
Encore columns each need two, to
three, to five contributions each issue,
so that means I need parenthesis around
the—forget it—you do the math.
If you have something to say, or know
someone who does, that will help readers speak more, or speak better, we’re
ready to listen. Contact any Editorial
Board Member with your story idea or
see the sidebar on how to submit an
Terri Langhans, Chair,
Speaker Editorial Advisory Board
and . . . your Editorial Board Members
and Story Scouts: David Avrin,
Laurie Brown, Valorie Burton,
Elizabeth Hagen, Linda Keith, CPA,
CSP, John Storm, Orvel Ray Wilson,
CSP, and Tim Wright
Make Your Pitch!
Got a great story idea? Send us your
pitch. That is, tell us why your article
would be useful, relevant and interesting
to the speaking industry—and perhaps
you’ll see your name in future pages of
Speaker magazine. For editorial guidelines and article submission policies,
please visit www.mynsa.org.