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"Don't worry about how we divide up the pie, there is enough for everybody.  Let's just build a bigger pie!"

NSA Founder, Cavett Robert


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March Seminar
you, the speaker
It's All About You
Chris Maddock
March 10th
8:30am- 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 12:30pm Seminar 
The Omni Hotel Dallas Park West
1590 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234
Members & Affiliates
$40 if pre-registered by Thursday before meeting
$50 if onsite, morning of meeting
$60 if pre-registered by Thursday before meeting
$70 onsite, morning of meeting
First Time Guests may attend for $30


 Mark LeBlanc
April 14th
Our Value Proposition
For professional speakers looking to improve their skills and bring their business to the next level, the National Speakers Association of North Texas provides you leading edge advice and techniques by inviting world class guest speakers each month to share the experiences that have brought them success.  The result is gaining valuable insight that helps our members' fine tune their focus and priorities to exceed their business goals.
NSA/North Texas 
Stu Schlackman
Stu Schlackman  


tim durkin 
Timothy Durkin, CSP  


Immediate Past President
linda swindling
Linda Swindling, JD, CSP


VP of Programming
candace fitzpatrick 
Candace Fitzpatrick 


VP of Membership
Adele Good 
Adele Good 


VP of Finance
Russ Riddle
Russ Riddle, JD


 VP of Marketing
 ann ranson
Ann Ranson 

 barb petsel

Barb Petsel


Presidential Appointee
dave hill 
Dave Hill


VP of Technology
 tim cocklin
Tim Cocklin 


Director of Social Media 
Chris Price
Chris Price 


 Academy Dean 
 Sally Baskey
Sally Baskey, CSP


 Academy Dean
 al lucia
Al Lucia, CSP 


bill lynch 
Bill Lynch 


Technical and Marketing Support 
Robin Barnhart
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 March 2012
Dear Jeff,  
Stu Schlackman

Stu Schlackman  President, NSA/North Texas


Thank you NSA North Texas for your time and attitude for being such a gracious host to the Winter Conference. If I was to thank each person, we would just about have every chapter member mentioned. Thanks for the shuttle service to the airport and for all that helped pick up board members.Thanks to all for ushering each of the sessions. Thanks to our speakers that spoke at the conference. Thanks for all that supported the relaxation station and thanks for being there for anyone that needed anything! You're the best! We look forward to seeing each and every one of you on March 10th for Chris Maddock.


Here is another piece of sales advice that I truly believe in. Selling is all about building relationships. So what is the definition of "relationship"? It's the state of being connected. How are we connected to friends, family or business colleagues? We are connected through our emotions. We connect with others by engaging the right side of our brain where our feelings and emotions reside. We connect with people when we discover things we have in common. Our values, interests, hobbies, and views make it easy for us to connect with people who are interested in developing a relationship.


The first reason customers want to develop a relationship with you is your attitude. I'm sure you've heard many times that "attitude is everything". Well it's certainly a huge reason why people will gravitate to you. And interestingly, even in business, attitude usually trumps aptitude. Attitude is critical in having strong emotional intelligence. Customers want to see a positive, can-do attitude in you. They see it in the way you handle the tough questions and objections they might have for you.   They see it when you focus on their agenda. In other words, they want you to better understand both their needs and who they are.  If you're just there to just make the sale - you've already lost them because the customer can tell the difference.  Your attitude is in your control and it affects everything you do and every relationship you have.


Good Selling!


Stu Schlackman

President, NSANT 


NSA/NT 30th Anniversary CELEBRATION!
The March 10th Meeting is very special!  Why?  Because we're celebrating the 30th Anniversary of NSA/North Texas.  We've invited all Past Presidents to be our guest - so if you're a past president, please plan to join us.  There will be a special ACT ONE featuring some of our past presidents, plus other surprises to celebrate our rich and robust history.  You will not want to miss this meeting! 

March Seminar

Chris Maddock

  Saturday, March 10th


Just Say the Damn Thing: How to Communicate 

Clearly and Effectively with Other Humans

"You, and most Pulitzer Prize winning authors don't describe things as clearly as many eight year olds.  And clarity is far more important than creativity and the common notion of beauty."  It's a claim Chris Maddock makes in his program, Just Say the Damn Thing.  He also asserts that the most effective and beautiful writing is the clear communication of an idea.  He explains why words are still the most powerful part of any media, and the easiest to improve to your benefit.


As Maddock says, "Today, we're all writers.  Some write books and essays, many more author blogs, emails and tweets.  Most could benefit from some improvement."


Just Say the Damn Thing is a lecture on why your words are more vital to your success than ever.  It's an explication of what happens when the right, powerful words hit your human brain.  And it offers shockingly easy and delightful lessons throughout that will better your banter before you walk out the door.  


About Chris 

Chris Maddock is marketing guy and author who lectureChris Maddocks and trains at Wizard Academy in Austin, TX - a non-traditional business school whose instructors include business leaders and Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.


His classes run the gamut: a multi-media writing class that, in the end, will teach you that the media should have little influence on your words; a straight up ad writing class designed to show you precisely what works and why; and an Advanced Wordsmithing class every wanna-be writer should take.  Whether you write fiction or Google ads, in Maddock's words, "knowing what about great writing communicates with humans is key."

He lives in Austin, TX with his cactus.

you, the speaker

Giving speakers a bad name

Dave Lieber


By Dave Lieber

Star-Telegram Columnist


   Dear Mom,

   It's been 16 years since you passed, and I miss you so. If I have any regrets it's that first, you didn't get to meet your grandson Austin, born a year after you left us. And second, you never got to meet my pals at NSA/North Texas.

   Mom, you should see these folks. They are the best bunch I've ever had the privilege of knowing. They are professional speakers. Like me, they are always looking for the latest and greatest. They know how to have fun. And, most important, they live to help others.

   The other day, the chapter hosted a national conference here in our hometown. You should have seen them! They were shuttling guests to and from the airport. They set up a "relaxation station" for the 375 attendees in the hotel lobby, complete with a little privacy and foot massage machines! They even bought boxes of chocolate for the final day's lunch to pass around and share.

   When my latest book came out, they were the ones who bought it first and then spread the word. They tweeted it, blogged about it and posted on Facebook. I know you don't know what any of that means. But let's just say it's as if your beloved Smith Corona typewriter were attached to a worldwide communications system so that whatever you typed on it went out into the universe for the whole world to see.

   The main thing, Mom, is they love to be around other people and boost others up to their full potential. They love to make folks laugh and cry, to feel something. And most important, they can't give enough of themselves to others.

   If you have a problem, these chapter mates will work to solve it. If you need someone to do something you can't do, they tell you who to go to. Whatever it is, Mom, they are always there for you. It's really quite unbelievable.

   Up where you are, there must be a corner called Speaker's Heaven. Check it out sometime, OK? Ask for a guy named Cavett Robert. He started this whole thing. Tell him his pals at NSA/North Texas say hello.

   Miss you, Mom!

Love forever,



Author Dave Lieber is The Watchdog columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and 2011 NSA/North Texas Member of the Year.


What You Missed in January

A few Nuggets of Wisdom from Dick Bruso- January 2012

·         Use the energy of your mind and the enthusiasm of your heart.

·         To work without love is slavery-follow your passion.

·         You can't move up unless you standout. A great brand goes for the long haul.

·         Create a clearly focused mission statement.

·         Form a vision statement based on your desired outcomes.

·         Evaluate and define you target markets.

·         Develop your distinctive brand-what sets you apart and makes you unique?

·         Craft a positioning statement- what you do, whom it benefits, what is the attention grabber?

·         Define and prioritize your main objectives.

·         Implement creative marketing, media and networking strategies


Books recommended by Dick:

Martin Lindstrom- Brand Sense: Sensory Secrets Behind the Stuff We Buy


David Meerman Scott - World Wide Rave: Creating Triggers that Get Millions of People to Spread Your Ideas and Share Your Stories

Leap-HOG: February 29th

Good ideas about making more money from your business abounded at the Winter Conference.  Good ideas are worth nothing if they never get implemented.  WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH WHAT YOU LEARNED?  Come share with other NSA/NT members at the Leap-HOG on February 29th at 6:30pm at Bruno's Ristorante on MacArthur Blvd just north of 635.  The food is always perfect as is the company.  RSVP so we can make sure we have enough room.  Email Bill Lynch at [address removed]  

It's All About You

Once again we want to thank all of our volunteers who helped at the Winter Conference with the Relaxation Station AND as Room Monitors AND provided airport transportation AND served as hosts at the happy hour -- this month YOU deserve the applause.  The feedback from national NSA has been phenomenal! 


"the buzz I hear about the conference is all so positive and your chapter is getting rave reviews!  Thank you so much for all you did to promote the meeting and make it such a successful event.  We already have about 80 registrations for convention.  When members can't wait for the next meeting, you know this was a really good one.  And NSA North Texas played a HUGE part in it!  Thanks again."               


Keep it up -  NSA/North Texas ROCKS!!! 

Member Benefits

Starting this week, all full members can access the calendar of events from the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.  You'll want to spend some time sorting through the list to find meeetings and conventions that might match your target market.


To gain access:

  • Login to the Member site at
  • On your first login, you'll be asked to acknowledge that this information is available ONLY to members and is not to be shared
  • Once logged in, you'll find a link "Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events" - click there
  • A pdf document will open
  • Scan the list for opportunities, and if interested in submiting a proposal, send your information to the contact listed on the document

Good Luck!  And please remember, this information is for full-members only and is not to be shared outside of our membership.  Thanks! 

Get CONNECTED to our NSANT Community!

Important Social Media Links  

for members and affiliates 

As a member or affiliate of NSA/North Texas, you are invited to join the chapter's Linked In group.  We will be monitoring those who join the group.  Also of value to you, we are posting requests for speakers, special offers and other important information.  You WILL want to check this page regularly.


We have also created an open forum on Facebook for everyone who is interested in our chapter and speaking.  That page is!/group.php?gid=[masked] and is a great place to update us on what you are doing including exciting things in your business, new books, speaking engagements, etc.


Finally, there is a Twitter Account for our chapter @NSANorthTexas.  See the instructions below if you do not have a Twitter account.


We hope you use these social media services to help you on your Journey to Influence!


Note: You will need to join these social media organizations to participate.  Please contact [address removed] if you are stuck or need help doing this.

Call for Articles

The NSA/North Texas - The Speaker's Voice, is a two-way communications vehicle. Reading it provides value and writing for it shares and spreads your expertise while garnering a spot of publicity.  The editorial staff invites you to submit a story on any topic of interest to you. Please keep the length to about[masked] words, include your publicity photo and a 10-15 word by line.  Even if you don't think you can write, get your ideas down and we'll help with the editing.  The deadline is the Friday after the monthly meeting.  Send your submission to Robin Barnhart !

Guest Orientation

If you are a guest, or are bringing a guest, please arrive early to our monthly seminars.  At 8:30am, NSA/NT is hosting a special guest orientation where you can learn about the basics of NSA and NSA/North Texas.  This brief overview is hosted by a past Chapter President, who is there to help you feel welcome and know what to expect.  Please spread the word to all guests

NSA Image Gallery


Relaxation Station at Winter Conference 2012
NSA/NT Relaxation Station at Winter Conference


Schlackman, Bruso, Fitzpatrick January 2012

Stu Schlackman, Dick Bruso, and

Candace Fitzpatrick at January meeting.


Linda Swindling Welcomes Visitors
Linda Swindling Welcomes Visitors


Pecha Kucha[masked]
Michael  Hoffman and Dave Lieber at Pecha Kucha Night
Tim Cocklin Ad 2010

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