By Babette Ten Haken, One Millimeter Mindset™, NSA-MI Member-at-Large

Our youngest daughter was married this past February in Arizona. Our son was married this past December in Australia. Two (of our four) children were married: two weddings, in two months, on two continents, in two hemispheres. Whew!

We have a big family. Each wedding becomes a multi-family reunion, with folks now traveling from all over the world. All four of our children are now married!

During the February reception, I was talking with my four wonderful sisters-in-law when the song “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge started playing. Well, all four of us started singing the words to each other as we formed a chorus line and danced together. (I hear there is a photo of this cosmic occurrence as well.)

The wedding got me to thinking about how NSA has become my family, starting when I joined the National Association; and continuing when I first walked into one of our chapter meetings, was invited to serve on the chapter Board of Directors, and then attended my first NSA Influence national meeting. I immediately knew I had found “my people!” From some of our discussions after chapter meetings, I think you have the same experience, as well.

Our magnificent Michigan chapter continues to strive not only to reflect the spirit of inclusion, as exemplified by NSA founder, Cavett Robert, but also to represent the diversity found within today’s rapidly changing and highly challenging speaking profession. Together, we continue to learn from, and lead with, each other. I have found some of the best friendships and broadest shoulders within our local chapter. I am deeply grateful for having the resources and insights of my NSA Michigan speaking family!

What are your experiences? Let’s continue the conversation at our May meeting!

Babette Ten Haken ‘s Storytelling for STEM Professionals and Left Brain Thinkers speaking programs are created for organizations and associations who want to catalyze stakeholder success and customer retention. There is no better way than storytelling to bridge communication disconnects between professional disciplines, paygrades and levels of education. Her programs are forged from her background as a STEM professional in clinical research, new product development, market research and sales. Find out more right here. Babette is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of communication hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Babette’s speaker profile is on the espeakers platform.