The Global World
For many years, I’ve been a proud mem- ber of NSA and a founding member of CAPS. Joining these associations has
been one of the best decisions I’ve made for
building my speaking business and staying
current within the industry.
One of the greatest benefits has been the
opportunity to attend any Global Speakers
Federation (GSF) convention (at member rates).
In fact, being a member of any one of the 15
speaking associations allows a speaker to attend
any association meeting around the world.
Working with speakers from other countries has provided me with amazing learning
experiences, which has helped take my business to higher levels. I’ve learned from some
of the best speakers in the world, become more
globally and culturally aware, and significantly
expanded my reach through a network of
international friendships and collaborations.
Do you have a friend or colleague who you think would be a good
fit for NSA membership? If you are an active member of NSA, you
could win valuable prizes by referring that person to NSA! Make
sure that the new member lists you during the application process
and you will receive one entry in that month’s drawing for a $100
credit toward NSA events and/or recordings. The member with the
most successful referrals from June 1, 2018, through May 18, 2019,
will be eligible to win free registration an hotel stay for an NSA
event of their choice. So, start Talking NSA today! Learn more at
As part of the GSF, a member can qualify
for the “Global Speaking Fellow,” an international designation that represents recognition by peers and clients for global speaking
competence and experience. You can apply
for this if you have your CSP® (from NSA or
Professional Speakers Australia) or your FPSA
from the Professional Speakers Association of
the United Kingdom and England. You must
also meet the required global criteria you’ll
find at bit.ly/gsf-application-criteria. This
international designation provides many
benefits, including expanding the credibility
and value of all speakers and adding value to
the global meetings industry.
It has been 45 years since Cavett Robert,
CSP, CPAE, founded NSA with the dream of
creating a bigger pie. I’m sure he would be very
proud to know we now have achieved that with
the Global Speakers Federation at its heart.
BY JOSEPH SHERREN, CSP, HOF, GLOBAL SPEAKING FELLOW
News and notes on the
art and business of speaking
Here are a few tips to help
you avoid the adverse effects
of incorrectly using these sets
of similar-sounding words.
ACCEPT means to receive
I can’t possibly accept your
EXCEPT is to exclude.
We wanted everything on the
menu except the oysters.
AFFECT is typically a verb
that means to change or
The weather is likely to
affect my flight into Denver
EFFECT is usually used as
a noun to refer to the result
of a change.
That four-hour delay had a
big effect on my energy level
the next day.
ADVERSE refers to
something harmful or acting
in opposition to something.
New technology can have
adverse effects on your
presentation if you don’t take
the time to understand it.
AVERSE is a feeling or
attitude of being opposed
I’m not averse to augmented
reality as long as you explain
it to me.