putting a fine point on the speaking industry
In this column, I’m reflecting on my year of service as the 2016-2017 NSA President. Beginning with a dramatic Cigar PEG Inc. “incident” and ending with the resignation
of NSA’s CEO, Stacy Tetschner, CAE,
FASAE, it has been a crazy good year!
Relatively uneventful! Not really!
Smooth transitions are critical
to any association and to serving its
members, and, as such, we are in a
superb place with our interim CEO,
Christopher Packard. I also know we
will be in excellent hands during the
2017-18 term under NSA President
Brian Walter, CSP, CPAE.
While my first official remarks
appeared in the September 2016
issue, the planning process dates
to Camp Molidor, a meeting held
in Tempe in November 2015. It
was here that a group of talented
members, who would do big things
for our Association, were assembled.
The group consisted of the chairs
and co-chairs who would organize
our four major annual events and
the educational arm of NSA during
the 2016-17 term.
Our CSP/CPAE Summit took place
at High Point University, the Winter
Business Symposium in San Francisco,
the Video Lab in Tempe, and Influence
2017 in Orlando. I thank the chairs
and co-chairs who capably brought the
concepts of Big Brain, Big Heart, Big
Ideas, and Bigger Business to fruition.
• CSP/CPAE Summit: Neen James, MBA,
CSP, and Chad Hymas, CSP, CPAE
a Year in Restrospect
• Winter Business Symposium: Anna
Liotta, CSP, and Barry Banther, CSP
• Video Lab: Waldo Waldman,
MBA, CSP, CPAE, and Dan
Thurmon, CSP, CPAE
• Influence: Christine Cashen,
MEd, CSP, CPAE, and Michael
• Youth Program: Jason Hewlett,
• Voices of Experience®: Kate Delaney
• Speaker Magazine: C. Leslie Charles,
CSP, and Amelia Mimi Brown
• Speakers Academy: Chris Clarke-
Epstein, CSP, and Gary Rifkin, CSP
I was blessed to work with a strong
Executive Committee and an incredibly
diverse Board of Directors. I could not
have done it without these individuals.
I also extend an enormous thanks to
Stacy for his assistance during my year,
and I know he will do well in his
Let me add a huge thanks to the
Chapters and their leaders for their
graciousness and welcoming spirit.
From our Chapters to the GSF
international associations, such warm
hospitality was a pleasure to experience.
Past NSA Presidents hope that
nothing bad (or crazy) will happen
during their term of service. But,
if something should happen, they
secretly hope they have the experience
to handle it. My hope is that we handled our two unexpected beginning and
ending events in a way that reflected
positively on our Association.
Every president comes with a vision
of what we can offer NSA. After making our commitment as vice president,
it feels as if we have time to formulate
and execute our plans. But every past
president would probably tell you that
their year went by in a flash.
As a member, you are part of the
changes our Association is experiencing.
If you want to be a part of influencing
NSA, here is something to keep in mind.
Vice presidents are your conduit for suggestions and ideas because they are still
creating their strategies. They are in a
better position to plot the future course
than the serving president.
As with many associations, NSA
began as a small group of like-minded
individuals with no idea of the impact
they would have in terms of membership and the impact on untold audiences
who would be influenced by the spoken
word. We have grown into a profession
and we can continue on that path. You
are a big part of that progression.
Thank you for your support of the
speaking profession. It has been my
pleasure to serve you.
John B. Molidor, PhD, CSP
National Speakers Association