The National Speakers Association's Annual Convention allows newer speakers to learn from the experience of speakers who are well-established and successful. Attending the NSA Convention always provides me with an opportunity to find up-and-coming talent in the industry, and to reconnect with veteran speakers and longtime speaker friends. So many great sessions - I wished I could attend more than just one at a time! Here are my highlights from the convention:
Branding expert and agency owner Bruce Turkel delivered a show-stealing mainstage keynote, followed by a standing-room-only session about overcoming the traps that prevent brands from becoming brilliant. After his two programs, Bruce was met by a crowd eager to snatch up a copy of his most recent book, Building Brand Value. (Photo courtesy of the National Speakers Association. Find them on Twitter: @NSASpeaker or search #NSA13 for convention coverage.)
While Bruce was in Philadelphia for NSA, he was whisked away to FOX's remote studio in Philadelphia for one of his weekly guest appearances on Money with Melissa Francis. His recent appearances on FOX Business have ranged from the implications of steroid abuse on Alex Rodriguez's brand to the scandals hitting the Democratic Party, among other hot button issues. I was fortunate enough to be able to come along for the ride to the TV station, and got this behind-the-scenes photo of the FOX studio.
Jeff Salz, another long-time favorite Keynote speaker, was inducted into the National Speakers Association's Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE) Hall of Fame, which is an honor designated to only 5 individuals each year. Other recipients (and Keynote speakers) inducted this year included Rob "Waldo" Waldman and Brian Walter.
The wonderful Scott Friedman received the Cavett Award, regarded as the most prestigious award for NSA members. The Cavett Award "was created to celebrate and honor those members whose careers demonstrate the spirit of sharing, guiding, and inspiring other professional speakers."
Congratulations to all the award winners at NSA 2013!
I also had the opportunity to socialize with some familiar faces, including Christen Cashen and Marilyn Sherman. Aside from being a fantastic speaker, Christine is also an avid photobomber and somehow managed to make her way into all my pictures from the convention. We got to celebrate both my birthday, and Marilyn's, amongst industry friends and great company.
It's always helpful for us at Keynote to connect in person with speakers, whether it's at a convention or at our new office.
Check back soon for a behind the scenes post about some of the speakers who have come to visit the Keynote team at our new office in the heart of Silicon Valley.