Blink and the year is gone. I’ve found that to be true in my life both personally and professionally. It tells me to never take people and experiences for granted. To always be grateful for opportunities and wonderful people to share the good times and the bad.
It has been a year of great change for me personally as well as for NSA Michigan. I finally took the leap and left my PDJ (Pesky Day Job) to focus my time and energy on my speaking business. It was a huge decision and I haven’t regretted it even a tiny bit. Being a solopreneur is hard work. My staff is not terribly helpful – two dogs and two very large cats – but they do keep me company. And the dogs love all my creative ideas. The cats, not so much.
The year of my service to NSA Michigan has been exciting and our growth tells me that we are on the right track. We made changes, and then tweaked those changes. Our chapter has grown significantly and is now just under 80 members – we still have a few weeks until the end of our fiscal year, so I am hoping to hit that magic number. Our new format has been well received– same amount of content from our guest speakers, but without the luncheon time and with an earlier start, we are able to provide a full seminar in just half a day. We recently added the networking reception following the seminar so we can spend some time chatting and getting to know one another better.
We’ve updated our communication strategy, Instead of a lengthy monthly newsletter, we are now sending short blog posts to keep you up to date on our events as well as to give you a chance to get to know our members and what they have been doing. Programming has really taken off with Fireside Chats (a chance to meet up with NSA Speakers visiting Michigan in a small group setting), Speaker Labs (peer support and platform development), Webinars (professional development from the comfort of your couch), and the re-launch of the Michigan Speaker’s Academy. Whew! We have been busy, and we hope that as we continue to grow you will find your membership with NSA Michigan a valuable and essential part of building your business.
All of this growth and energy could not have happened without the relentless efforts of our board and committee members. So many people have raised their hands and made these changes happen, I am filled with gratitude. The list is long and consists of members who have been part of NSA for decades as well as folks who have just joined us this year. The driving force behind most of these programming changes has been Mimi Brown. She has worked tirelessly to build our chapter and position us for continued growth and success. Clearly, NSA Michigan is in good hands with Mimi as our incoming President for 2019/20.
Thank you for your kind support and words of encouragement throughout the year. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your President. I will remain active on the board in my capacity as immediate Past President and look forward to another great year of learning from and building our community of professional speakers.
One final note: Reserve Saturday, October 12 for our NSA Michigan Regional Event: Master Class with Mark Scharenbroich at the Ann Arbor Sheraton Hotel. It will be an all-day event that you won’t want to miss. We will be posting our early bird rate and a special Hot Seat opportunity rate so you can receive one-to-one coaching with Mark. If you want to know more about Mark Scharenbroich, check out his speaker demo reel at NiceBike.com.
Thank you once again and I look forward to seeing you on July 14 for our next seminar featuring the brilliant Kevin McCarthy.
All the best,
NSA Michigan Chapter President
About the Author
Breeda Miller is a published author, an award-winning storyteller, voice-over professional and successful businesswoman. Of all her accomplishments she states that her most fulfilling role was caring for her frail mother at the end of her life. As a member of the Sandwich Generation, Breeda managed to run a household, manage a business and raise three teenagers (two with special needs) while providing ’round the clock care for her ailing mother.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Breeda is a life-long Michigander who enjoys time on her screened porch, kayaking rivers and walking the Camino de Santiago with her husband. Her passion is helping Caregivers Carry On as well as others who need encouragement and a bit of inspiration.