from every corner of the world.
That’s why my
worked to bring
some of the world’s
best speakers to the
main platform at the
NSA 1999 Conven-
tion in San Antonio.
I also experienced how much the rest of the
world respected NSA and America. While speaking in Australia about the roles of speakers in
helping to fuel and drive the “Australian
Dream,” I slipped into autopilot and said, “
American Dream.” I immediately apologized, but a
participant interrupted me, “Don’t apologize. We
all aspire to the American Dream. You have led
the way for the world. We see it, and we seek it.
Keep it going. Your economy and model help
stimulate, challenge, and inspire the world.”
Through my years in GSF, I’ve learned how
humility and gratitude are two very enduring
qualities of a global speaker and leader. You can
have all the awards and all the titles, but in the
audience at any NSA or GSF event, there are
many speakers who are masters of their subjects
in their windows to the world. Respect others,
and they will respect you. Share your best and be
open to receiving their best. What a profession,
and what a global feast of speakers.
Also, what a joy it was to realize that what
I talked about in the United States
was just as relevant and valued by
global audiences. From speaking at
numerous federation conventions
and chapters to keynoting the first
“Have mouth with a message, will travel . . .
Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE, is an NSA past
president, psychologist, award-winning professional
speaker, and author of The Optimism Advantage:
50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and
Actions into Results. Go to www.terrypaulson.com.
By Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE
2002-03 GSF President
Iremember when the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) was but a side conversa- tion, a potential solution to the growing number of international members of NSA who wanted a home of their own. It was
the late Warren Evans, HoF, CSP, who took the
spark and focused the
flame. He talked about
the growing numbers of
speakers ready to bring
CAPS to life. He sold the
NSA board on the concept
of a federation originally
supported by services NSA
could supply, but ensuring
independence and respect for
the unique contribution each federation mem-
ber could supply. Suddenly, Cavett’s bigger pie
had just gotten bigger, and with it came bigger
opportunities for speakers everywhere.
I was the only American NSA member to
attend the first CAPS convention. I watched in
awe as they took the best from their NSA experience and added their own innovations.
I convinced them to let
me take a group picture
of everyone attending to
avoid what happened
with NSA—without a picture, more speakers claim
to have been at that first
convention than who
attended. Here’s hoping
they still have the picture.
In my early years as president of the International Federation of Professional Speakers (IFPS),
I learned about the importance of mutual respect.
I saw professional speakers from other countries
take the stage and provide fascinating new, culturally rich windows into classic topics. From the
beginning, we were blessed with great speakers
GLOBAL SPEAKERS FEDERATION:
In the Beginning
1Paulson gives the blessing at a past
2Warren Evans, HoF, CSP, and Catherine
past president of NSAA
3Paulson with Palin- Brinkworth and
Robyn Pearce, CSP,
past president of