What an honour it is to become the 21st President of the Global Speakers Federation, 2017-2018.
With 14 associations currently part of the Federation, I’m sure our Founding President, Warren Evans, would be very proud.
As we begin the Federation’s third decade, we are operating under an important new structure. Now, each of our current 14 Federation member associations is represented on the GSF Board of Directors by the association President or designate. Each Board member is in a very privileged position, one that carries with it the power to help influence the next decade.
With several new associations on their way to becoming members, your Federation is growing. If everyone works together this year, I think we will be setting ourselves up to create the foundations for a wonderful third decade full of growth and opportunities.
Thank you again for putting your trust in me to serve as the 21st President of the Global Speakers Federation. I am honoured to be standing on the shoulders of the giants who have come before me.
I promise you that I am committed to putting my heart and soul into this coming year, and to spreading the word that the Global Speakers Federation is at the very heart of our community.
I hope you will enjoy watching the video of my President’s Message for the coming year… and watch out for a few surprises along the way 😉
Shirley Taylor, CSP
2017-18 President of the Global Speakers Federation
What an honour it is to become the 21st President of the Global Speakers Federation, 2017-2018.
At our GSF business meetings in Orlando on 8 July 2017, the Board of Directors and guests celebrated the Federation’s 20th anniversary.
In July 1997, leaders from NSA USA, CAPS, PSA (then NSAA) and NSA NZ approved the formation of what was originally the IFFPS (International Federation For Professional Speakers).
In this photograph are current leaders from each of these 4 associations cutting the cake to celebrate this momentous occasion.
There are now 14 speaking associations around the world that are part of the Global Speakers Federation. Just this year, we were proud to welcome two new associations from Namibia and Sweden. And watch this space because we hope to welcome some more associations to our global community very soon.
The Founding Chairman of the Federation, the late Warren Evans, said,
“The Federation creates numerous opportunities to enhance professionalism, grow markets and improve businesses.”
Leading the Federation into its third decade is 2017-18 President Shirley Taylor, seen here at our July 2017 meeting with GSF Past Presidents and Executive Director.
In her inaugural address, Shirley said: “I feel very proud to be taking on the role of the 21st President of the Global Speakers Federation. I also feel very blessed to be standing on the shoulders of some speaking giants who have filled this role before me, and I am grateful for your support. As we enter the Federation’s third decade, I hope to encourage more effective collaboration, so that we can all work together effectively to shape an even greater global community where we keep enhancing professionalism, growing markets and improving businesses.”
Here’s to the third decade of the Global Speakers Federation… at the very heart of our community.
At the recent Global Speakers Federation Annual Meeting in Orlando, GSF President, Nabil Doss, was pleased to present two awards to these remarkable individuals.
Presidential Award For Service
Dr. John B. Molidor, Ph.D., CSP
GSF congratulates and recognizes the contribution made by John.
John’s knowledge and expertise were very much appreciated in helping to create the new Board structure for the Federation.
This new structure will prove pivotal as the Federation begins its third decade.
John, thank you for your service and support.
Beverly Babb Award For Service
Bob Parker, CSP
GSF congratulates and recognizes the contribution made by Bob in helping to create the new Board structure for the Federation.
Fondly known as “Bylaw Bob”, he was also instrumental in crafting the Federation’s new Bylaw as well as Policies and Procedures.
Although not able to be there in person, we were proud to present Bob with his award virtually.
Bob, thank you for your service and support.
At the GSF Board Meeting in Orlando, Florida on July 10, 2017, outgoing President, Nabil Doss, gave a message of pride, gratitude, and hope.
This year we celebrate the Federation’s 20th anniversary. From the vision of its founding member, the late Warren Evans, the Federation has grown from 4 association members to its current 14. This year we have welcomed Namibia and Sweden, and in the very near future we hope to welcome at least two more associations.
This year, we also celebrate the successful transition to a Board structure – a structure that signifies a movement of unity, of collaboration between nations. This structure creates a space where we can discuss best practices, future trends, opportunities and threats, and resolve our challenges to help our individual associations thrive.
Nabil stressed the importance of engagement from each member of the Board to achieve this goal. Only with engagement from this democratic body can we all thrive. Indeed, it is a tremendous opportunity for individuals to empower their own leadership, revitalize their own associations, and positively impact our global community in the process.
We also celebrate the creation of the first European convention in Antwerp. With 9 associations represented at the event, this is very encouraging.
With the 5th Global Speakers Summit planned for February 2018 in New Zealand, we have a unique opportunity to reflect on our Leadership and our Legacy on this Global Journey.
Nabil thanked numerous people for their support during the year. He also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve and give back to this unique community.
In his own words, “In the process, I received so much, learned so much and enjoyed the journey so much. I will remember the past 12 months forever; a journey around the world which took me to 11 countries, spending 25 days attending and speaking at conventions, while racking up 158 hours of flying and close to 100,000 nautical miles.”
In conclusion, Nabil felt that the future for the Federation has never looked so bright. There is much to be accomplished, of course, but he commented that with leaders like Shirley Taylor, Elias Kanaris and Paul ter Wal, as well as commitment from Board and Steering Committee members, the future is in good hands. Here is outgoing President Nabil Doss being thanked for his leadership and presented with his crystal gavel gift from new GSF President 2017-18, Shirley Taylor.
Let’s leave the final words here to Nabil Doss: “We have laid the groundwork for a powerful community-based network. The Phoenix has well and truly risen, and the future has never looked so bright. Now it’s time for everyone to roll up their sleeves and work together to let it deploy its wings and soar.”
Happy 20th Anniversary to the Global Speakers Federation!
Here’s to the next 20 years, and more!
The GSF Presidential Leadership Team is delighted to announce that Paul ter Wal, CSP, FPSA, will become the next Vice President 2017-18, on the road to becoming GSF President 2019-20.
Paul has a varied background, first practicing law for 10 years, then moving into consultancy, and eventually starting his own consultancy firm in 1995. Increasingly, he started finding himself on stage telling his own story. This led him to becoming co-founder of PSA Holland in 2006, and serving for two years as their second President.
As well as serving at local level in Holland, Paul served for 8 years at international level as a member of what was then the Federation’s Executive Council, followed by two years on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and Secretary.
Paul makes a point to attend many international conventions. Having chaired 7 conventions for PSA Holland, he became co-chair for the Global Speakers Summit in Amsterdam in 2011.
With previous experience serving with Rotary International for 18 years, and now with the Global Speakers Federation, it’s clear that serving is in his DNA.
After seeing the transition from the IFFPS to the GSF and from Executive Council to the new Board and Steering Committee structure, Paul is excited about the Federation’s future. He feels the new structure will mean more open communication and collaboration, with all association leaders being more actively involved.
Let’s leave the last words here to our new Vice President, Paul ter Wal:
“I’m honoured and proud to be chosen as the next Vice President of the Global Speakers Federation. I’m looking forward to supporting the presidential team as we work to grow the Federation and also help our associations and speakers learn from each other and perform better.”
WORLDCLASS, they promised! WORLDCLASS, it was. APSS set a real benchmark at this year’s annual convention on May 5-6. With a record attendance of 150, there were not only delegates from Singapore, but also from Australia, India, Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Even before the convention started, there was a pre-convention evening with Brian Tracy, which really set everyone up for a great week to come. The evening before convention, there were several different gatherings. President Tom Abbott hosted a Presidents, Speakers and GSF Presidents dinner at his home. Exco member Fredrik Haren hosted overseas delegates at his home. Later that evening, many congregated at Brewerkz at Clarke Quay for more merriment.
The two days of convention were packed with more than 25 sessions from speakers who came from all over the world. They shared their best ideas, insights and knowledge. The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel was just buzzing with new friendships being made, old friendships being renewed, and lots of laughter, fun and sharing.
GSF Presidential Team: For the first time ever at a GSF event outside North America, the entire GSF Presidential Leadership Team were together at the APSS convention. Here they are in discussion with Fredrik Haren discussing collaborations to recruit more members from around Asia, and thanking him for all his work encouraging more people in other countries to set up a speakers association.
First Ever CSP Summit: APSS also hosted the first ever CSP Summit in Asia. Held over 1.5 days, the Summit attracted 25 people. After dinner and a sharing session at the home of APSS Founding Member Ron Kaufman, they all met the following day where Fredrik Haren and Andrew Bryant brilliantly facilitated several small group brainstorming sessions.
This quote from APSS convention chair Jerome Joseph sums everything up:
“Thank you to our WORLDCLASS speakers who gave everything on stage so we could learn and benefit from their experiences. Thanks to our sponsors for their generosity and support. Thank you to the Exco under the leadership of President Tom Abbott who dedicatedly serve the community week after week. Thanks to the entire production team (seen here in this photograph). You all have my gratitude always.”
Congratulations APSS on a WORLDCLASS event! The work will soon begin on planning the 2018 convention, and the dates are already set for May 11-12th, 2018. Over 80 people signed up for next year’s convention before they even left this year’s!
Here’s to another WORLDCLASS APSS event in 2018!
Drum roll please… Registration is now open for the Global Speakers Summit 2018, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand on February 23-26, 2018. You have until March 31st to pay a $100 deposit payment to secure the Super Early Bird fee of only $995 NZD.
Over the past 10 days, the #GSS2018 organising committee has been together in Auckland. Here with #GSS2018 Chair Mike Handcock is GSS Advisory Board Member Landi Jac, GSF Vice President Elias Kanaris and his wife Kay, GSF Executive Director and GSS 2018 COO Shari Bricks, and GSS Chief Information, Communications and Technology Officer Michael Smith.
Together they have spent long days visiting venues, meeting potential sponsors, planning the #GSS2018 program, and working on the website. They also held a fabulous launch party with the members of NSA NZ that was live streamed around the world. You can check out the recording here.
On the #GSS2018 website – www.gss2018.com - you can learn more about the country, the venue, the program, and of course you’ll find out how to submit applications to speak at the Summit. The website will be an on-going work in progress, and we will be updating it regularly, so keep checking back.
New Zealand is on the list of “must see” places for many people around the world, so the Global Speakers Summit should give you another really good reason to start planning now. New Zealand was just voted third in the Rough Guide’s Most Beautiful Countries In The World, praising the country’s rolling green hills, majestic mountains, breath-taking fjords and amazing diversity of landscape from one island to the next.
So don’t wait any longer. You have until March 31st to register at the Super Early Bird fee and pay your $100 deposit. Do it today! Exchange rates are very favourable.
#GSS2018 Chair Mike Handcock, CSP, Global Speaking Fellow, made a personal promise, saying, "My personal promise to you is to put the best people on stage in every breakout, keynote or alternative session and to provide a safe and fun environment to connect and network and to collaborate and create the next version of you."
With the theme ‘From Leader To Legacy: A Global Journey’, the Global Speakers Summit promises you the latest and best practices in learning, marketing, selling, positioning, branding, stage craft, productization, and much more. By the end of 3 days at the #GSS2018, you will be years ahead. Don’t miss this chance to be part of this Global Legacy.
See you at the Summit!
On Sunday January 22nd, Nabil Doss, GSF President, led the inaugural meeting of the Global Speakers Federation Board! It was a historic occasion, where the efforts of many leaders culminated in making the new governance structure a reality.
Nine of the 13 GSF member associations were represented at the meeting, which was held using Zoom technology, together with the current Presidential Leadership Team. Of particular note was the presence of Dr. Gustav Gous, President of the Federation’s latest member association, PSA Namibia.
Special Thanks: Nabil acknowledged the great efforts of many people who have worked tirelessly to create the Federation’s new structure. Specific thanks went to Bob Parker, CSP, Dr. John Molidor, CSP, Michael Smith, Shari Bricks, and Lenora Billings Harris, CSP for their exceptional contribution in working tirelessly to create the new governance structure.
Communication Will Be Key: President Elect Shirley Taylor commented that communication will be pivotal as we move forward under the new structure, and our virtual channels are ramping up. All GSF social media sites are listed below this post. Please join in the discussions.
Global Speakers Summit: Vice President Elias Kanaris announced the next Global Speakers Summit, which will take place in Auckland, New Zealand on February 23-26, 2018. Mark your calendars now. Registration will be announced very soon!
All members of the GSF Board will work to ensure the growth of the speaking profession globally. They will be instrumental in making the GSF relevant to their association’s members, to advocate and promote a global mindset, and to set the example themselves by sharing best practices and worst challenges within this powerful network.
President Nabil Doss commented, “As Directors of the GSF Board, and as representatives of your country’s association, you are now an intrinsic part of the Federation. Together, I am convinced we will create value for you, for your respective associations, and for the Federation as a growing entity... and we will probably have fun in the process!
I strongly believe that if we can harness our collective potential, together we will unleash our G-Force!”
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GSF Page - https://www.facebook.com/GlobalSpeakers
GSF Speaker Community Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSFSpeakerCommunity/
Speaker Community Group - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1080047
The relatively young Professional Speakers Association of Namibia, (PSAN) received some excellent news just before Christmas when the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) informed them that their application for membership has been approved.
The Professional Speakers Association of Namibia is now a full member of the Global Speakers Federation, joining the elite ranks of similar associations in the USA, Germany, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, South Africa and Brazil.
The driving force behind PSAN’s application, Dr Gustav Gous, said “To belong to the esteemed worldwide community of global speakers in the GSF was a dream for the speakers, trainers and coaches in Namibia. Thank you for the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in the world. We hope to learn a lot but also to contribute our unique perspective and expertise from this corner of Africa – the Republic of Namibia!”
The Professional Speakers Association of Namibia was constituted in May last year after Dr Gous realised the need for a self-regulating professional body. Born in Namibia, he operated from South Africa, yet never expected his local work to lead him to heading a professional body for Namibian speakers. He is a former President of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa.
The board of the newly constituted PSAN ran a number of successful meetings in Windhoek and one in Swakopmund. From these meetings, it transpired there are about 60 Namibians who make their living as professional speakers, coaches and trainers.
Candy Ngula is the Windhoek Chapter President and Coen Welsh in Swakopmund. The rest of the board comprises Gustav Gous (President); Sam Shivute and Sigi Lange, Vice Presidents; Brendan Ihmig for web and media affairs, and additional board members, Nelson Matheus, Eliaser Nekwaya, and Michael Chikwililwa.
Dr Gous said, “Because of the great effort by the board and the great support by the people, the Global Speakers Federation saw that we are serious in our efforts, and allowed us just before Christmas into the international fold of recognised international speakers. Namibian speakers can now officially apply for international certification such as the CSP, standing for “Certified Speaking Professional”.
In a letter from Executive Director of the Global Speakers Federation, Shari Bricks, she wrote, “On behalf of the Global Speakers Federation, congratulations on leading the effort for the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia to become our newest association member! We are thrilled to have you and your members as part of the GSF community”.
Dr Gustav Gous (right) waiving the Namibian flag on behalf of the professional speakers, coaches and trainers of Namibia, at the meeting of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) in Phoenix, Arizona. The official application for the local speakers association to join the GSF was handed in at this meeting in July last year. The approval was finally received in December 2016. Dr Gous is shown here with the current President of the Global Speakers Federation, Nabil Doss from Canada.
Dear Federation Leaders and Members,
We have a very exciting year ahead of us!
2017 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Global Speakers Federation, as the original Federation agreement was signed by Patricia Ball, CSP, CPAE, NSA US President, and the late Warren Evans, CSP, HoF, in 1997 in Anaheim, California.
At the time, founding member associations included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Unites States of America. 20 years later, the Federation boasts 13 member associations (14 with Namibia officially joining soon) with over 5,000 members worldwide.
2017 will also mark the launch of our new Board structure and governance, which will most certainly further propel the collaborative mindset instilled by our Founding Fathers and take it to new heights.
As I look back at the the amazing work that has been accomplished in 2016 to make this happen, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support, enthusiasm, and collaboration throughout the year, with special thanks to:
- Executive Committee members for your relentless efforts to make it happen.
- Council Members and Association Leaders for your constant support and involvement in the transition process.
- All Committee and Task Force members, particularly the members of the Council to Board Transition Task Force for the long hours spent on drafting the new structure and Bylaw.
- GSF Past Presidents, for your comforting presence and wisdom in a time of transition.
- GSF Association Leaders who have so kindly hosted me at their national conventions.
I look forward to our first official Board meeting which will take place on the third week of January (date and time to be announced soon), and to my upcoming visits as I complete my Federation Tour over the next few months.
Until then, rest well, eat well and enjoy every minute of being at home with your loved ones. Have a magnificent Holiday and may 2017 bring us Peace, Love, and Laughter!
Your 20th Global Speakers Federation President,