From Ulm to Nottingham… It’s a small world after all!
After the magnificent GSA convention hosted by President Martin Laschkolnig and his team in Ulm, set in beautiful Bavaria, I headed out to Nottingham, the land of Robin Hood, to attend a stellar PSA UK & Ireland convention, hosted by President Tim Luscombe and his team.
At the GSA Ulm Convention Banquet (from left to right): Martin Laschkolnig, President, GSA; Nabil Doss, President, Global Speakers Federation;and John B. Molidor, Ph.D., CSP, President, NSA
At the PSA UK & Ireland Convention Banquet (from left to right): John B. Molidor, Ph.D., CSP, President, NSA; Nabil Doss, President, Global Speakers Federation; and Lee Jackson, starting his term as PSA UK & Ireland President.
Much to my surprise, many of my fellow speakers and friends whom I saw in Ulm, were also in Nottingham, still learning, still sharing, and still growing their expertise with their extended tribe.
As an Association Leader, are you taking full advantage of your membership affiliation to the Global Speakers Federation to learn, share, and grow your association and your network?
One of the tangible benefits the Global Speakers Federation is the opportunity it brings you to attend any convention from our 13 member associations at member’s price. This is a priceless benefit (pun intended!) which has a triple impact:
- It raises our members profiles and expertise, which positively impacts our profession.
- It nurtures cross-pollination and networking, which expands our members reach.
- It showcases best practices, which can in turn be imported and implemented in our respective organisations.
Each association brings a different flavour to their convention based on local culture, language, rituals, and traditions. It creates a rich learning environment and further broadens our horizons and our global savviness.
Are you taking advantage of this unique benefit?
While I understand that, as a leader, your plate must be quite full serving your national association while keeping your speaking business afloat, I still encourage you to make the time in your busy agenda to visit a few countries and participate in their conventions. The rewards are exponential; both professionally and personally… and your home association will certainly benefit from your learnings in the process!
Our most influential leaders in the Federation have criss-crossed the world and attended their fair share of conventions… still craving for this magic trilogy: learning, sharing, growing.
The spotlight is now on Edmonton (in Canada) where the CAPS convention is getting ready to take place on the first weekend of December.
Are you planning to be there? I certainly am!
2016-2017 GSF President
Together, let’s unleash our G-Force!