During day three of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) 2010 Conference, convention goers met the masters.
This event took place on Monday, July 19th. For details about Day 2, see NSA Conference keynote demonstrates effective speaking skills.
Monday was largely devoted to an all morning session called Monday With the Masters. All the presenters were renowned speakers and each presenter got twenty minutes of platform time.
The presenters and their topics were diverse.
Joachim de Posada spoke about his book Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet. His thesis is that the most important ingredient in success is persistence.
Jean Gatz talked about turning a good story into a great story. She encouraged attendees to help people relate content to their lives through stories.
Ruby Newell-Legner discussed speaker focused customer service. Newell-Legner shared as series of speaker-specific steps in the booking process that can ensure a successful delivery.
Speaking legend Ty Boyd encouraged attendees to give freely of their time and energies to their favorite causes. He suggested that focus on a cause also fuels career success.
Mike McKinley shared tips for being more humorous. McKinley stated that most speakers are hired to add fun but are paid to deliver content. He recommended the motto, “Learn, Help, Laugh” as a guiding principle.
All the presenters were polished and professional. All dressed sharply. All were extremely well prepared and delivered with poise and confidence. None used filler words like “like” and “you know.” Their diction was crisp. All had strong, pleasant, sonorous voices that could be easily heard.
Other than the fact that each spoke about a different subject and had a different style, the main difference was in microphone pick up. The presenters that wore a Countryman headset were heard regardless of where they turned or looked.
The afternoon was devoted to concurrent sessions, mostly focused on how to use social media to best effect. Perhaps the highlight was Jeffrey Gitomer’s session on PowerPoint.
Gitomer, a highly successful author with insightful ideas, was flamboyant, exuberant, and slightly profane. His main message was to be yourself on the platform, have fun, focus on what the audience needs instead of what you want to give, and sell, sell, sell.
The conference continues on Wednesday, July 20 and features the popular Meet the Pros session.
Lenn Millbower, the Learnertainment® Trainer and former Disney training leader, helps trainers, teachers, and speakers keep their learners awake so the learning can take through one-on-one coaching, keynotes and seminars, open enrollment workshops, instructional design consulting, and his published works.
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